FHSD Celebrates National School Nurses Day

Posted on 05/08/2019
National School Nurses Day

In 1902, New York City schools undertook a month-long experiment that would forever impact the public school system. For 30 days, one registered nurse oversaw the health needs of 10,000 students in multiple buildings. The results were almost instant and the impact was lasting. Within six months the absenteeism rate decreased by 90% and the school board soon agreed to hire 27 additional nurses.

The Francis Howell School District recognizes the contributions of our school nurses by celebrating National School Nurse Day on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Tasked with improving safety, health, and the academic success of all students, the 35 nurses employed throughout FHSD ensure that the children walking through our hallways are healthy. “In our District, school nurses provide the vital support that is needed for our students and staff,” said Superintendent Dr. Mary Hendricks-Harris. “By providing medical services, screenings, and assisting our certified staff on a daily basis, we are able to keep our students healthy, in the classroom, and ready to learn.” It’s no secret that healthy children learn better, and FHSD nurses strive to keep all students healthy.

The school nurses in FHSD provide more than ice packs and Band-Aids to students and staff. Monitoring glucose levels, operating AEDs, and assisting with mental, emotional, and social problems are challenges those first school nurses never had to worry about. A typical day can include seeing dozens of students, dispensing medications and immunizations, updating student charts with current medical records, collaborating with the student’s home and medical care team, and assisting in any medical emergencies that may arise throughout the day.

Please join FHSD this Wednesday as we say thank you to our school nurses for keeping our students’ healthy and happy.


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