School Nurse Day: Wednesday, May 11

This week we celebrate school nurses, women and men who teach students, educators, and families how to promote student health, safety, and life-long wellness. National School Nurse Day is May 11, the Wednesday of National School Nurses Week.

The celebration began in 1972 and today it honors more than 60,000 school nurses in the U.S., their profession, and the specialty of school nursing. It coincides with the anniversary of the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of nursing.

For some school children, the school nurse is the only health care professional they ever see. And because of school funding cuts, the school nurse is often one of the first positions cut, forcing school nurses to work in and travel among two, three, four, five schools, seeing hundreds of students every week.

Take time on Wednesday to thank a school nurse, not just for a bandaid or a cool cloth on the forehead, but for keeping our students healthy, in school, and ready to learn.

School Nurses, we salute you.

NEA on School Nurse Day

National Association of School Nurses and its School Nurses’ Week radio campaign


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