Message from NASN President, Beth Mattey
This [the passing of the Every Student Succeeds Act] is terrific news for the health of our students. School nurses are the basic infrastructure in school for the health of students.
The health care climate is changing with emphasis on providing health and wellness care where people live, work, learn and play. School nurses have been doing this work since Lina Rogers became the first school nurse in New York City. Students and families benefit from our emphasis on prevention, the education we provide and the work we do to maintain health in our communities. While the concept of community health may be new to other disciplines, school and community health is our home.
The inclusion of school nurses in the Every Student Succeeds Act, ESSA, paves the way for school nurses as necessary and important members of the team who will lead the changing landscape of healthcare.
This is a "WOW"! Thank you to all of you who contacted your legislators to share the important role of school nurses in the overall health and well-being of our students. Our advocacy will continue.