Middle School Nurse Observation Essay

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During many years the role of school nurse was traditionally viewed as one where the nurse cared for students that were injured, applied bandages and gave out ice bags. Throughout the years the role of the school nurse has evolved into one of leadership and management along with many other duties including traditional roles as mentioned above. The services provided by a school nurse range from assessment and screening to coordinating care for regular students as well as students with special needs. School nursing requires experience and knowledge in school, public, community and emergency health to meet the many needs of school aged children and youth. The school nurse provides many services but the basic services provided include …show more content…
The nurse is also vital in communicating health matters between home and school as well as health care providers and school. Chikani and Plonski-Fuqua (2006) state that the most common medical conditions a nurse may encounter include asthma, diabetes, severe allergies, stoma tube care, NG tube care, behavioral health, epilepsy, and cerebral palsy. In order to provide appropriate care for the students the school nurse must have experience in an acute care setting, pediatric assessment, mental health experience and good knowledge of developmental stages of children. Most school nurses work individually so it is important that the nurse is capable of providing the right interventions and is able to recognize emergency situations.
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During the observation day at the middle school the nurse had many students come in for different reasons, but one of the more popular reasons was students with upset stomachs or stating “feeling like they’re going to faint” from not having the proper nutrition. The nurse offered them a snack and used the time in the nurse’s office to teach the students about the importance of eating breakfast and having the proper nutrition to be able to function well during school. According to Perry, Hockenberry, Lowdermilk, & Wilson (2010), “Health care education of school-aged children is
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