Five Ways a School Nurse Benefits the School
- Attendance - School nurses improve attendance through health promotion, disease prevention and disease management. Students with a full-time school nurse have about half the student illness- or injury-related early releases from school where no school nurse is present.
- Academics – Improved attendance means the healthy student is in the classroom and ready to learn. School Nurses enable better performance, which also contributes to reducing drop-out rates.
- Time – School nurses save time for principals, teachers and staff. A school nurse in the building saves principals, teachers, and clerical staff a considerable amount of time that they would have spent addressing health concerns of students.
A school nurse in the building saves:
Principals almost an hour a day
Teachers almost 20 minutes a day
Clerical staff over 45 minutes a day
- Staff Wellness - School nurses improve the general health of staff. According to school reports, principals, teachers, and clerical staff are VERY satisfied with having school nurses in their schools for several reasons:
Teachers can focus on teaching
Office staff spend less time calling parents and sending students home
Healthy staff means increased attendance and productivity
- Accountability - School nurses help schools stay accountable. Promoting compliance with federal and state law mitigates lawsuits
Advocating for adequate staffing aligns with Healthy People 2020 recommendations of the ratio of one school nurse per 750 well students
Preparing for emergencies saves lives and property
Addressing student mental health links to academic achievement