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The mission of VSSNA is to advance the practice of School Nursing and provide leadership in the delivery of quality health programs to the Vermont school community.
The Goals of the Association:
What is School Nursing?
School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success and life-long achievement and health of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety including a healthy environment; 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. (NASN 2010)
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The second half of the school year is underway and state reports have been
completed. Following the completion of a second quarterly report for
administration and my superintendent, I can now focus on follow-ups to any referrals that were sent to families and reflect on the school year to date. For me, I have seen a shift in the type of visits to the health office from that of a
few years ago. With the recent violent incidents in some schools across the country, we can no longer ignore the fact that school safety is of concern to many. If each school nurse looked at their log at the end of the day, we all would likely see that the greatest number of health office visits are mental health related. NASN furthermore tells us that “the top 5 health problems of children in
the United States are now mental health problems, not physical problems. Approximately one in five children and adolescents has a diagnosable mental health disorder in the course of a year. Five percent have impairments in functioning that is severe.” It is not surprising then that school nurses spend 32% of their time providing mental health services. As a result, when school
budgets are up for discussion, please share this data. Talk to your local school boards. Let your school and community know what it is that you do to keep our youth safe. Additionally, as NASN states, “every teacher deserves a school nurse so they can teach. Every parent deserves a school nurse so they can feel confident that their child is safe at school and every student deserves a
school nurse so they can be healthy, safe and successful at school.” Let us all find ways to wrap services around our students so that they may grow to be respectful, healthy, and productive contributing members of our communities.
Lola Noyes, BSN, RN
Vermont State School Nurses' Association
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