Nurses are recognized each year during National Nurses Week and National School Nurse Day, May 6 to May 12. The purpose of Nurses Week is to shine a spotlight on the amazing nurses (registered nurses, nurse practitioners, LPN's, school nurses, and others) across the country who have devoted their lives to the betterment of the lives of others.
National School Nurse Day is celebrated on May 12th. Since 1972, National School Nurse Day has been set aside to recognize the important role school nurses play in school communities by fostering a better understanding of their intricate roles in the educational setting. School nurses work to ensure that our nation’s children are prepared and supported to learn each and every day. While this effort would be important in any year, it is especially timely this year given the crucial role school nurses have played in the reopening of schools and mitigating the spread of the coronavirus.
The school nurses here in the Baldwin County School District keep our students healthy and safe, which leads them to be the best learners possible in the classroom. They serve a critical role for our students, ensuring they are ready for learning by managing complex, chronic conditions; identifying and addressing mental health issues; leveling the field on health disparities and promoting healthy behaviors; handling medical emergencies; and now navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic. Our school nurses ensure that each school effectively addresses all issues related to the health and well-being of children, including the impact of COVID-19 on our students.
Thank you to all our school nurses for the excellent job they have done in taking care of students and staff! You are greatly appreciated--every day.