"The National Association of School Nurses defines school nursing as: A specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success, and lifelong achievement of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy, and learning.
After the child's home, school represents the second most influential environment in a child's life. As more students enter schools with health or mental health problems, pediatricians face the challenge of managing their care throughout the school day. The school nurse is the health care representative on site. An understanding of the school nurse's role is essential to ensure coordinated care. There is a recognized relationship between health and learning, as there is between school nurse availability and student well-being and educational success. The role of the school nurse encompasses both health and educational goals.
Given the role of the school nurse I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for the hard work, professionalism and compassion demonstrated by our school nurses on a daily basis throughout Somerset County Public Schools."
Dr. John B. Gaddis
Superintendent of Schools