Nearly everyone has some experience dealing with a school nurse. Whether its something as simple as putting on a bandage, or something as complex as dealing with a medical emergency, school nurses tend to the medical needs of students and staff within the school. Today, the job of a school nurse is a bit different than it was in years past, as these medical professionals are often called upon to serve as a health liaison along with completing the classic duties of a school nurse.
Service with a Smile
Being a school nurse can become quite tedious, but maintaining a sunny disposition can certainly help. Whenever possible, nurses should greet clinic visitors positively, making them feel welcome. If you fail to do this, you may create a situation in which students are hesitant to come to you, potentially leading to danger as they may fail to visit even when they must.
Parent Contact for Chronic Visitors
While nearly every student visits the school nurse sometime, some students make the nurse's office a home away from home. Instead of just accepting that a particular student is going to come to your office six or seven times a month, reach out to his parents about this issue. Often, students who make frequent complaints to the school nurse are suffering from some underlying issue, such as stress or poor peer relations. By reaching out to this child's parents, you can increase the likelihood that he gets the help he needs.
Healthy Reminder Emails
As a school nurse, it is your job to promote health. Do so digitally by sending healthy reminder emails to parents and staff. Send a weekly or monthly health newsletter, full of information on illnesses that are currently going around along with ways to prevent illness contraction. Encourage readers to contact you if they have any questions, keeping the lines of communication open.
Don't just hide away in your clinic; instead, make your presence known around the school by engaging in classroom visits. Plan a visit to each classroom quarterly. Prepare different health-related presentations to give to the students, teaching them how to wash their hands, the proper way to cover their faces when they sneeze and how to deal with a friend who is sick. As students see you come into their classrooms, they will begin to realize that you are there to help them with all things medical.
Erin Schreiner is a freelance writer and teacher who holds a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University. She has been actively freelancing since 2008. Schreiner previously worked for a London-based freelance firm. Her work appears on eHow, Trails.com and RedEnvelope. She currently teaches writing to middle school students in Ohio and works on her writing craft regularly.