VITAL ROLE OF NURSES IN PROMOTING HEALTH AND WELLNESS IN SCHOOLS
The demand for more nurses is still at its peak not just in hospitals, but even at schools.
According to a policy brief by the American Academy of Nursing published recently in its journal, Nursing Outlook, all students must have daily access to a full-time, registered school nurse, to promote health and wellness, and to address the increasingly complex healthcare needs.
Stated in the policy brief’s summary, “The number of outbreaks of communicable diseases such as measles and pertussis has been increasing as a result of the increase in immunization exemptions that have caused decreased herd immunity for these and other conditions. Children with mental and behavioral health issues such as depression, school/personal violence, and bullying are also on the rise and being manifested at younger ages, with 13% to 20% of children in the United States experiencing a mental health issue each year…”
Still indicated in the policy, “Researchers have found, that having a school nurse present decreases absenteeism, increases immunization compliance, improves chronic condition management, promotes health, and assists with identification and management of mental health issues, allowing students to stay in school and improve academic achievement…”
Few highlighted recommendations from the American Academy of Nursing were created to help improve health care among schools:
- The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)’s Innovation Center should fund innovative SHS models, including population-based health for funding school nurses in schools with high numbers (of over 80%) of Medicaid eligible students.
- Health insurance companies should contribute funding for SHSs for population-based prevention.
- Health-care systems should partner with education and contribute to the funding of school nurses.
- Higher nursing organizations should work together in advocating for national, state, and local policy changes that would support funding and regulations need, so students have daily access to a school nurse.
- Higher educational institutions should continue to emphasize the role of school nursing as part of the public health and pediatric nursing content in nursing baccalaureate programs.
- Private and public research funding agencies should include school health as a priority area and allocate funds to address the needs of school-age children.
At this point, Erudite Nursing Institute™ raises the banner for more innovative nursing education.
In line with today’s issue, the institute together with the government and other health institutions are in the hype of providing better program outputs for prospective nurses to adequately equip them (emotionally and professionally), with the ever-changing workplace, and healthcare needs in today’s community.
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