"School nursing, a specialized practice of public health nursing, protects and promotes student health, facilitates normal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders that bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to develop their full potentials." Approved by the NASN Board of Directors June 2016.
CASN President Belinda Strickland at signing of SB 68 with Gov. John Hickenlooper
Welcome to the 2016-17 school year! Throughout this year the school nurses of Colorado will be working to maintain and improve the health of the students and staff we serve. This will be accomplished through large programs and actions as simple as quietly sitting with a child who feels frightened. Nurses throughout our state are in the forefront of projects to fight hunger and obesity, improve our air quality, improve access to health care including dental vision and mental health, fight homelessness and support those who are homeless, determine the benefits and hazards of substances such as marijuana, and using data-based research to educate their communities on the hazards of things such as alcohol and vaping.
In Colorado, we have nurses who are based out of one school to those who travel between 9 different sites. We have school nurses who work with the challenges of the inner city to those who deal with the challenges of the small, isolated farm or mountain communities. In all these venues the goal is the same: maintain and improve the health of the school children and the communities that support them.
Colorado Association of School Nurses, our professional organization, is there with us striving to meet the educational needs and resource challenges of the Colorado school nurses so they can better accomplish their goals.
I feel honored to be a member of the team of Colorado school nurses and CASN. A team that strives to help lead the health of Colorado communities by integrating health and education so that we can build a healthier future for all..
Belinda Strickland, MSN,RN, NCSN CASN President, 2016-2017
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