School Nurses are typically the first line of defense. Through this Pandemic they have continued to work hard to provide school systems with facts and evidence, so schools can make the right decisions to keep students, families, and the broader school community healthy. This episode of The Next Word recorded on May 6, 2020 School Nurse Day and we had guests Laurie G. Combe, MN, NCSN, RN, President of the National Association of School Nurses and Donna Mazyck, MS, RN, NCSN, CAE, Executive Director of the National Association of School Nurses join host Christine Warnke to discuss School Nurses in the wake of the Coronavirus.
State Budgets are shrinking with Covid-19 and the first position to get cut is School Nurses. When sch0ols reopen they will be challenged to understand how to physically social distance. How will they manage sustected cases of Covid-19? Guidance keys say to isolate the student, but schools need to arrange to have these rooms available.
In the everday lives of this drastic ongoing change we are ever concerned with Mental Health. School Nurses had been reporting a rise in reports from students prior to the Coronavirus. There’s to be expected a rise in the students seeing the School Nurse claiming an ailment, but really having a Mental Health concern. Possibly they don’t have the vocabulary to express it or has a stigma of Mental Health treatment. School Nurses can detect a physical ailment that maybe a Mental Health concern.