As the landscape of health care changes and shifts, there is a constant in this community called the “School Nurse.” More often than not this health care professional is the first line of defense for everything from the flu to audio and vision screenings.
Like everything else, it’s all about perception! School nurses do so much more than kiss boo boo’s and take temperatures. A typical day in the life of a School Nurse is never typical. They juggle a wide range of situations that span from medical to social. At some time during the school year your nurses have dealt with or administered immunizations, health care screenings, vision testing, the consequences of home accidents, diseases such as diabetes and asthma, food allergies, cancer, broken bones, student obesity, special needs feeding, preventing the spread of disease through blood exposure, fallout from mental, emotional and social problems including making sure disadvantaged students are clothed and fed. For some, the school nurse is the only health care professional they ever see.
Marianne Scott is the Legacy Fund director/Information officer with Rush County Schools.