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The nursesSchoolchildren are often underestimated, but they do so far more than boo-boos dressings. These nurses provide health care to underprivileged communities.
On the social media platform TikTok, teens have jumped on the viral trend of “school nurses”. In hyperbolic videos like the compilation below, students mock school nurses for using ice and bandages as panaceas to treat broken bones and resuscitate dead students.
While this meme brings laughter at the expense of nursing school, these videos raise broader issues. School nurses are often underfunded, which means they may have to settle for basic first aid tools (like ice packs and bandages) while their students would benefit from more resources. In fact, 25% of American schools
These deficits highlight the essential role played by school nurses in children's health. As of 2020, Tennessee has funded one nurse for every 3,000 students. This involves hiring a nurse for 750 students. Districts with fewer school nurses report higher rates of Without a health professional to consult, sick students in these districts have two options: endure their symptoms in class or have their parents take them home. .
For a state like Tennessee, bringing in a nurse for 1,000 students could help students get the care they need. This school health care would cost But what are the costs of no school nurses?
To determine the value of school nurses in their community, one must first recognize the long liste responsibilities of the nurse. Soothing scrapes and temperature taking are just the tip of the iceberg. (Or should we say "ice pack-berg"?) School nurses dispense preion drugs and help monitor students' symptoms, both of which are crucial for asthma, diabetes, or an allergy.
School nurses can provide respite for families in difficulty. In disadvantaged areas, many families may not have access to laundry facilities, showers or menstrual products. Some school nurses have the funding to install a shower or washing machine in their office for students in need. Nurses who do not have these resources can refer parents to community organizations or services that can meet these hygiene needs. For the many students who, a nurse's panty linerschool can be a ticket for further education. Among adults in the United States who were afraid to see a doctor because of health care costs, children who grow up in these financially risky families may not have the opportunity to see a doctor. For these students, a school nurse may be their primary source of preventative care.
Besides this routine care, school nurses are important sources of reliable health information. Students who do not have period parents may not know who to ask when they start their period. Some young adults may not feel comfortable consulting their families on sexual or reproductive matters. School nurses intervene.
The TikTok trend of “school nurses” shows how school nurses are often overlooked as health advocates. Fortunately, some nursesSchool nurses like (@officialtiktoknurse) use TikTok to challenge the stereotype that school nurses are untrained or useless. Katzchen uses social media to answer questions teens may be too afraid to ask in person, such as if masturbation is unhealthy or how to cope with period cramps.
Compared to, students can turn to school nurses for specific advice. And voters can campaign for healthier school districts by encouraging their lawmakers to invest in school nurses.