Nurse Appreciation Day
National School Nurse Day is May 12, 2021. This day was established in 1972 to recognize the value and accomplishments of school nurses. School nurses identify and support students with chronic health conditions, and also assist with immunization compliance, mental health, first aid and sudden illness, emergency care, and more.
School nurses support education by looking after individual student health needs, supporting families, and offering school-wide programs. According to the National Association of School Nurses (NASN), school nurses benefit schools in several ways:
Nurses improve attendance by promoting wellness and good hygiene.
Nurses enable better academic performance by addressing individual health needs.
Nurses address student health concerns, freeing up administrators and staff.
Nurses improve the general health and well-being of staff.
Nurses help school accountability by promoting compliance with federal and state laws.
Today and every day, thank a school nurse for helping our students stay healthy!