GCS School Nurses: Supporting Student Success
School Nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success and life-long achievement of students. Goshen Community Schools provides a school nurse in each building in the corporation ensuring that health services are provided to benefit the health and success of all students.
The goal of the School Nurse is to promote a safe and healthy community in which students will be encouraged to become life-long learners, self-managers and self-advocates for their health and education.
How does a School Nurse
Benefit a School
- Increase Student Attendance – Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and Disease Management improve student attendance
- Increase Academic Performance – Improved attendance then increases student achievement and graduation rates.
- Increase Instructional Time – Teachers, Principals and Staff can focus on teaching and serving students.
- Major Cost Benefit –
- Increase Teacher/Staff productivity
- Decrease Parent loss of work days
- Decrease unnecessary medical care costs
How to Have a Healthy School Year
- Get at least 8 hours of sleep at night
- Eat a healthy breakfast
- Take medicine if needed for colds and other aches and pains before school
- Wear clothes appropriate for the weather
- Carry a backpack on both shoulders; don’t carry more than 30% of your weight
- Wash hands frequently – before eating, after using the bathroom, after coughing or blowing your nose.
- Drink plenty of water every day and avoid soda and sugary drinks.