School nurses play a crucial role in connecting wellness and education. They help students achieve their highest possible health at school to facilitate learning. They educate students about appropriate responses to normal body development, promote health and safety, assist if needed with health needs, and actively collaborate with educators, students, and families for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy, and learning.
School nurses routinely provide:
- Health and crisis intervention service
- First aid and emergency care
- Assistance with chronic health conditions
- Medication dosages and assistance
- Education to educators, students, and families
- Information about practicing healthy behaviors
- Consultation with school counselors to improve health
At Trinity School, we are blessed to have a friendly, full-time nurse on our staff, Kristyn Johnson. Nurse Johnson previously worked as a pediatric nurse in Neurology, Neurosurgery, and General Pediatrics, as well as in different areas of pediatrics. She takes great care to learn each student’s needs and provides care that supports their unique needs. This year, her office has moved across the hall to a dedicated space for our students to visit when they’re sick or need medications.
If you happen to be in the office, remember to drop by and say hello to Kristyn, and be sure to thank her for the important work she does each day for our students!
- National Association of School Nurses: https://www.nasn.org/
- Why School Nurses Are Important: https://www.nea.org/advocating-for-change/new-from-nea/why-are-school-nurses-leaving
- The School Nurse Shortage: https://www.rwjf.org/en/insights/blog/2022/09/four-reasons-we-need-school-nurses-now-more-than-ever.htm