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HAPPY SCHOOL NURSES DAY FROM ASNC PRESIDENT, KATHLEEN NEELON

Posted 9 months ago

A HEARTFELT THANK YOU

National School Nurses Day is this today, May 12, 2021.  I would like to thank and recognize each and every school nurse for your unparalleled work, collaboration and teamwork you brought to your job in addressing the issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic in our schools.  

The World Health Organization declared 2020 to be the Year of the Nurse and Midwife in honor of the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale, considered to be the founder of modern nursing. Unexpectedly, it also turned into the year that an international health crisis erupted, which essentially catapulted nurses into the spotlight.

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed gaps in the infrastructure of the healthcare system, as well as in disparities in healthcare. It amplified many problems that nurses have contended with for decades, such as working short staffed and sometimes in unsafe conditions and with inadequate support from administrators. On the upside, the pandemic has also highlighted the vital role that nurses play in the school system, working selflessly after hours, on weekends, vacations and holidays to be available to administrators, families and staff providing direction with all the complex and different scenarios needing to be addressed with COVID19 as well as all other duties of the job.

I think all your administrators and other school staff now realize that school nurses are a group of highly qualified committed professionals and that schools could not have handled this pandemic in schools without the school nurse’s expertise.

Our profession continues to provide care based on evidence based practice, caring, compassion, collaboration and teamwork.  I have always been proud to be a school nurse but never so more than this year

Happy School Nurses Day and Thank you! 

 

Kathleen Neelon, MS, BSN

President ASNC