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National School Nurse Day Wednesday, May 11

May 10, 2011

“Vision, Voice, Visibility: Setting Sail Toward Healthy Horizons”

The National Association of School Nurses, Inc. (NASN) has chosen May 11, 2011, as National School Nurse Day. National School Nurse Day was established in 1972 to foster a better understanding of the role of school nurses in the educational setting. Today, school nursing is recognized as a specialized practice that advances the well-being, academic success, and life-long achievement of students. To this end, over 60,000 RN school nurses across the country promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student/family capacity for adaptation, self management, self advocacy, and learning.

National School Nurse Day falls on the Wednesday during National Nurses Week, May 6 – 12, ending on the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of nursing. Lillian Wald launched the school nursing practice in 1893 with an idea to place a public health nurse in the public school system. School nursing emerged in 1902 following this “experimental” placement of a public health nurse in a New York City school. The extraordinary work of America’s first school nurse, Lina Rogers Struthers, R.N., in reducing school absenteeism due to communicable diseases, quickly led to the employment of school nurses in New York City and across the country. As more and more nurses were hired, the role of the school nurse expanded to include an emphasis on student wellness, disease prevention and health education, not only for the student, but for family members and the community as well. We continue that role today.

Illinois Certified School Nurses (I-CSN) in Springfield Public Schools are RNs Barb Germann, Caren Zentgraf, Colleen Hundley, Liz Reid, Missy Cartwright, Susan Smith, and Val Rogers. Susan also is a National Certified School Nurse. RNs in the schools are Audrey Luebkemann, Debbie Reiser, Lisa Buckles, Peace Ikejiaku, and Janelle Conger. Our LPN/Health Clerk nurses are Connie Riegel, Janet Mitchell, Kim Buecker, Laurie Bramblett, Mary Baskett, Melissa Bright, and Vanessa Pohlman. Sub LPN is Jill Dameron. Sub RNs are daily part-time Kristie Lear, and PRNs Sharon Fitch, Cindy Murdock, and Bobbie Maggio.

We thank ALL for caring for our children, our youth, and our families!