School Nurse

A school nurse, like any nurse, is a selfless health-care professional who either assists doctors or patients directly in protecting and improving their health. As a school nurse, you'll be advocating for patients' welfare; treating injuries and illnesses; working to prevent the spread of disease or the proliferation of unnecessary accidents; effectively organizing patients' records and casework; and communicating with teachers, parents, and administrators regarding health-related matters.

To become a school nurse, gain acceptance to an accredited university with a college of health and human services or some similarly named college. Then, enroll either in the college's department of nursing, its department of health science, or a similarly named department; a university guidance counselor will direct you to the correct department and undergraduate-level program for school nursing.

Thereafter, you'll spend upwards of four years taking courses to earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and your Health Services Credential. After you pass your state's exam and gain your credential, you'll be ready to administer to the overall health needs of countless grateful students throughout your school-nurse career.

The advocacy group for the 45,000 school nurses currently working in the United States is the National Association of School Nurses (NASN), founded in 1979. According to the NASN website's mission statement, “The National Association of School Nurses improves the health and educational success of children and youth by developing and providing leadership to advance school nursing practice.”

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