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School Nurse’s are Real Heroes

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, October 2nd, 2009

schoolI was a school nurse for 4 years  when I lived in Tucson AZ, and have a great appreciation for these often-unsung heroes. As students head back to school this fall, more than 66,000 nurses are resuming their roles in school clinics across the country to take care of not only our kids, but their teachers and staff.

School nurses are on the cutting edge of the public health. They are the ones who detect abnormal health patterns in schools and it is they who alert the health departments.

It was a school nurse who identified the first U.S. case of the H1N1 virus earlier this year. I can’t imagine how busy they are now with the flu epidemic! One local school here in Fort Collins CO has 20% absentee rate because of the Swine Flu.

It’s time school nurses get the recognition they deserve.

Several years ago I spoke at the national convention for National Association of School Nurses and I’m tickled pink to be their nurse motivational speaker again this year on June 30th.The deserve some inspiration.

We need a lot more nurses in this specialized area. Can you help recruit nurses to work in our schools? To learn more about ways to recruit nurses, contact me. I have lots of proven  ideas.

In the meantime, hug a school nurse and give her/him a big thanks.

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