North Dakota Proclaims School Nurse Day

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Governor John Hoeven has proclaimed Wednesday, May 6, 2009, as School Nurse Day in North Dakota. The theme for this year’s event is “School Nurses: Meeting Needs of Today's Students.”

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School Nurse Day honors professional nurses practicing in educational settings. School nurses help children learn by assessing student health status, identifying vision and hearing problems that impact learning, making referrals, delivering emergency care, administering medications and vaccines, performing health-care procedures, planning for disaster preparedness, and providing health counseling and support for wellness programs.

“Children learn better when they are healthy,” said State Health Officer Terry Dwelle, M.D. “School Nurse Day provides an opportunity to celebrate how much school nurses do to keep kids healthy and ready to learn.”

“School nurses play a vital role in advancing the well-being, academic success and lifetime achievement of students,” said Becky Bailey, director of Child and Adolescent Health Services for the North Dakota Department of Health. “A full appreciation of how much school nurses do to keep kids healthy is a key component of School Nurse Day celebrations. The Department of Health encourages schools and communities to join with their school nurses in celebrating this important day.”

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