NASN: School Nursing in Canada and the US: An Opportunity to Strike a New ‘Bargain’
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As leaders in school health in
School-based and school-linked preventive health services have been examined in a variety of studies on a variety of topics and consistently found to be effective and more cost-effective that services delivered in other venues. And, obviously, within those different services, nurses play the key role.
As well, there is a consistent theme in the research about school health promotion (which includes sets of coordinated programs such as classroom instruction, parental involvement, policies on health topics, student engagement on school activities etc.) that designating coordinators/facilitators at the school and local health authority/school board levels is necessary, efficient and effective. Again, nurses can and should play that role.
"The advancement of public health nursing in Canadian schools requires significant support from several sectors and levels of governments, but will produce important returns," said
A recent blog post from NASN staff member
This connection to educational achievement is being underlined at the international symposium being held at the
"If the health system is slow or deficient in defining its long-term plan for supporting school-based and school-linked health promotion through nurses, then how can we expect educators to make a similar commitment?" say Laforet-Fliesser and Maughan.
"Recent and ongoing NASN initiatives on specific health problems demonstrate the value of a consistent school nursing presence in all schools. These include depression, bullying, asthma control, managing obesity and other chronic diseases, identifying vision and hearing problems, preventing teen pregnancy, implementing new practices on concussions affecting student athletes, broadening immunization coverage and many more" says
"We cannot afford to respond to these issues in a piece-meal fashion, we need consistent, trained staff on site to meet the needs earlier and more effectively. It is time to strike a new bargain between health and education systems through adequate, evidence-based policy and programs".
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