Meningitis Letter To Parents
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A student’s health status is directly related to his or her ability to learn. Children with unmet health needs have a difficult time engaging in the educational process. The school nurse supports student success by providing health care through assessment, intervention, and follow-up for all children within the school setting. The school nurse addresses the physical, mental, emotional, and social health needs of students and supports their achievement in the learning process. The school nurse not only provides for the safety and care of students and staff but also addresses the need for integrating health solutions into the education setting.
School nurses assist students with chronic health care conditions. Some students may have ongoing health care needs necessitating the intervention of a health care professional. Diabetics may need a nurse to help them keep track of their blood sugar on a daily basis. Students combating childhood cancer may need assistance in administering medications. Students with special needs such as a student with a metabolic disorder such as PKU may need assistance in choosing a proper diet. A school nurse can not only assist such students but also help them achieve their optimal long-term health goals.
School nurses assist faculty members with chronic health care conditions. Some faculty members may have health care conditions that necessitate the need of a professional such as cardiac care problems or posttransplant care. A nurse can help a faculty member attend to his health care needs, thus decreasing the need for absences. This can help students learn better by making sure that faculty members are available to teach without the need for substitute teachers.
Nurses teach health care classes. School nurses may teach students basic classes in hygiene. Such classes can help students learn about the proper way to decrease germ transmission or how best to avoid sexually transmitted disease.
School nurses assume a leadership role in case of an emergency. If a school faces an emergency such as a fire or bus crash, a school nurse can assist faculty members and students in coping with the emergency. A school nurse can administer medication and treat any resulting injury. School nurses can also help students cope with any trauma as a result.
School nurses administer health care screening tests. School nurses may help check students for signs of all kinds of medical conditions. Such conditions may include screenings for otherwise unnoticed health care problems such as scoliosis, eye problems, malnutrition or physical abuse. A school nurse can also offer referrals if students require them for conditions such as speech problems that may need further medical intervention to correct.
A district-wide culture of health that inspires lifelong wellness choices
STISD’s SHAC strives to create a district-wide:
· Awareness of health-enhancement values and knowledge
· Appreciation of physical, mental, and social well-being as an integral part of life
·Engagement in the acquisition of lifelong health-promotion behaviors and skills
·Facilitation of own potential for innate well-being
·Interaction with research-based health programs that maximize wellness of students, families, and staff
·Participation in creative holistic activities that foster the highest level of health in the coming years
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