Wednesday, May 11, 2022 is National School Nurse Day and we thank all of the Shawnee Mission School District nurses for the many contributions they make to support the health of Shawnee Mission students and staff.
Shelby Rebeck, director of health services, notes how proud she is of how SMSD nurses pulled together to support each other, their buildings, their students, the district, and whole community throughout the challenges of this year.
“As is typical for this team they remained calm, gracious, and professional throughout the pandemic,” Rebeck noted
This year, SMSD Nurses and aides have so far documented 163,748 visits to the health room during the 2021-2022 school year. Throughout the year nurses in the SMSD provide crisis intervention for acute illness and emergencies, assist with chronic disease management, perform health assessments and screenings, administer medication and provide first aid, coordinate health management protocols for all students, and promote safe school environments.
“They deserve so much praise and gratitude for all the work they’ve done,” Rebeck said. “Happy National School Nurse Day to the best team out there!”
National School Nurse Day was established to foster a better understanding of the role of school nurses in the educational setting, as shared by the National Association of School Nurses. School Nurse Day is celebrated on the Wednesday within National Nurses Week. National Nurses Week is May 6-12 each year. The birthday of Florence Nightingale, who is credited with founding modern nursing, is on May 12.
We encourage everyone to take a moment to thank Shawnee Mission School District nurses!