National School Nurse Day – May 8

by Randy Ziegenfuss on May 8, 2013

schoolnurseToday, May 8, is National School Nurse Day! Thank a school nurse today for the care they demonstrate for each of Salisbury’s students. This post was submitted by our certified school nurses (CSN): Mrs. Loretta Becker, Mrs. Christine Tripp, and Mrs. Carla Tallarida. Want to share your appreciation for a school nurse? Leave a comment  on this post, click on the names linked above, go directly to our Facebook page, or send a Tweet using the hashtag #stsdconnect.

Did you know?

The Salisbury Township School District Certified School Nurses (CSNs) and Nurse Assistants are responsible for the health and well-being of the District’s approximately 3,000 students. This number includes students who attend independent/parochial schools. School code requires the District to provide school nurse services to all schools located within the District’s borders.

During the 2011-12 school year, the school nurses saw 16,175 students for illness and 8,553 students for injuries. This totals 24,728 visits! Additionally, 6,411 doses of medications were administered and 1,327 students were sent home during the school day due to illness.

In addition to addressing the physical needs of students through first aid and medication administration, the school nurses treat student emotional needs, manage student health records and immunizations, coordinate physical and dental exams, organize health care for school field trips, provide opportunities for staff wellness, attend in-district and regional meetings (including the Greater Lehigh Valley School Nurse Association) and offer health education.

Salisbury Township School District employs one CSN assigned to Salisbury Middle School and Salisbury High School and another assigned to Harry S Truman Elementary, Swain School and Lehigh Christian Academy. A part time CSN is assigned to Western Salisbury Elementary School and St. Thomas More school. Four part time School Nurse Assistants staff the school health rooms when the CSNs are assigned to one of the independent/parochial schools.

Certified School Nurses and Nurse Assistants are required to have completed a high level of education. All nurses and nurse assistants are Registered Nurses (RN). Each CSN is also a RN with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and certification in School Nursing from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

The CSNs are responsible for state mandated health services and screenings for all students in the public and independent/parochial schools. These services include creating health care plans for over 400 students with chronic health conditions and administering annual health screenings for vision, growth, hearing and scoliosis.

The mission of the school nurses is to maintain the health, safety and welfare of all Salisbury Township School District students and staff. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve the District’s students and families!

School nurses make a difference in the well-being of every child!

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