Ways School Nurses Play a Vital Role During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Long before COVID-19, the role of the school nurse was an essential one. They’re the first responders to any health issue a student faces during the school day, and they’re on the front lines with systemic issues like mental health, food insecurity, and even child abuse situations. School nurses are also essential, of course, as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

School nurses educate.

One of the primary jobs of the school nurse during COVID-19 is to educate students, staff, and parents about the virus itself, transmission, precautionary measures, and more. With so much new information coming out on a regular basis—not to mention conflicting or inaccurate information—it’s important for school districts to have a centralized source to reference. And the school nurse can be just that.

School nurses help set protocols.

School nurses help administrators set protocols in for safety, both in school buildings themselves and in terms of distanced learning and when it’s safe to return to in-person learning. They also help to establish protocols for the assessment of students or staff displaying COVID-19 symptoms, and assessing students or staff who have tested positive for the virus.

School nurses advocate for resources.

As school nurses are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in many ways, they’re in a unique position to advocate for the resources their school districts might need. That could include things like personal protective equipment (masks, gloves, face shields, gowns, etc.) touch-free thermometers, and more. They can also advocate for additional staff if needed, including more school nurses to staff multiple buildings.

School nurses liaison with local, regional, and state bodies.

School nurses can collaborate with local, regional, and state departments of health and other governmental bodies to collect and share data related to the virus and its spread. They’re in the perfect position to track the numbers of students or staff displaying symptoms, students or staff sent home to quarantine, etc. And that kind of data is critical in stopping the spread of COVID-19 in a population where many people are housed in relatively close quarters.

Thank Your Healthcare Professionals

Clearly, school nurses are more important than ever. And with their help, we will get through this pandemic! If you’re interested in using your medical skills to help in a school setting or in another kind of healthcare organization, visit 24/7 MedStaff online to get started.

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Posted in General Healthcare on Feb 01, 2021