Mental health issues are on the rise, particularly for young teens and adolescents. As a school nurse, it’s important to understand and recognize these issues in order to provide the best student care.   This blog will explore some common mental health issues and the various ways school nurses and health staff can help normalize emotions and support their students.   Common Mental Health Issues  A March 2021 report...

The last few years have seen a sharp increase in mental health issues for teenagers. As students return to school for the new year, it’s important for school nurses and health staff to familiarize themselves with this topic. We recently spoke with D&G Wellness Consulting to learn how nurses can better prepare for back-to-school season and care for their students year-round. What is Mental Health  The phrase...

When you think of someone with a chronic condition, you may picture an adult with heart disease, cancer, or obesity.   But children have special health care needs, too. According to the National Library of Medicine, about 20% live with chronic conditions that require medicine or therapy. Managing this type of care is challenging! In a private or independent school with 300 students, up to 60 children...

Private and independent schools count on school nurses to treat illnesses and give health advice to students, parents, and staff. But their capabilities go far beyond checking temperatures and applying Band-Aids. School nurses can also play a critical role in stopping the harmful misuse of substances.  We recently chatted with Independent School Management (ISM) to learn how nurses can help shape and strengthen a school community’s...

“Stay in your lane.” You hear this expression when a person or group steps outside their area of expertise. But everyone has a lane in enrollment management at private and independent schools! It takes more than the admissions office to navigate family experiences. Other school community members, including nurses, can contribute during various cycle stages. We recently partnered with Independent School Management (ISM) to discuss the role...

The last few years have transformed nearly every aspect of healthcare, education, and operations. Schools have adapted to embrace remote and hybrid learning models and school nurse responsibilities have evolved as well.   This blog explores five ways school nurse responsibilities have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic.  1.  Key Member of School’s COVID Task Force  Prior to March 2020, school nurses worked to assess children’s health conditions, communicate with parents, and...