What is School Nursing?
School nursing, a specialized practice of nursing, protects and promotes student health, facilitates optimal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders who 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 potential (National Association of School Nurses, 2017).
School and Illness: Should Your Child Stay Home?
A child should stay home for 24 hours after any of the following have occurred:
1. Fever of 100 degrees or above
2. Vomiting or diarrhea
3. Being placed on an antibiotic by the doctor
The twenty-four-hour time period allows for an antibiotic to take effect or for a sick child to fully recover. Returning to school too early benefits no one and keeps the cycle of illness going.
NLSD122 follows the procedures recommended by The Illinois Department of Public Health.