As healers, comforters, and role models for children, school nurses do their job well and rise up to the challenge of caring for school students everywhere.
They help improve attendance, enforce federal law, help staff health, and improve academic performance. School nurses don’t always get the recognition they deserve.
School Nurse Day was created to give them celebrate them and thank them for taking care of our children and advocating for improved health services in schools.
History of School Nurse Day
Nurses first became employed in schools in Belgium. In 1873, Brussels became the first city to employ a school physician as well as install city-wide school inspections.
While cities such as London had been initiating the beginnings of school nurses it wouldn’t be until 1902 that New York City got its first one. Lina Rogers became the first school nurse to work in New York City schools. She helped decrease the rate of communicable diseases and absenteeism in the United States.
Since the first addition of school nurses during the 1940s and 50s schools have put a focus on the health of their students. The task has fallen on nurses as well as teachers, students, and physicians to create a health education curriculum.
School Nurse Day began with the formation of the Department of School Nurses. In 1968, the National Education Association created the department to dedicate the advancement of school nursing practices across the country.
In 1974, President Ford proclaimed School Nurse Day as a holiday for everyone to celebrate. Since the formation of the department and its holiday, school nurses have been recognized and celebrated for their continuous effort in the health and well-being of students everywhere.
School Nurse Day is celebrated through educational pamphlets, presentations, and through thank yous from everyone who loves and appreciates what nurses do in everyday life.
How to celebrate School Nurse Day
Show them that you appreciate their giving them a thank you card. Support your school nurses by advocating for better pay, better working conditions, and more presence in the school system.
Give them gifts such as stuffed animals, jewelry, or any personal gift you can think of. Give them some extra money to help with school health supplies.
Teach people about nursing, how school nurses came to be, and help inspire people to become school nurses through seminars and pamphlets. Share with your friends and family about this holiday and tell them about why school nurses are important to everyday life.