Nation’s Pediatric Ophthalmologists Celebrate “National School Nurse Day”

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The American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS), the nation’s leading organization in advancing the quality of children’s eye care, is recognizing the contributions of school nurses as part of National School Nurse Day. First celebrated in 1972, this year’s National School Nurse Day is held on May 9th and recognizes the impact that school nurses have on the health and well-being of our nation’s students.

“Whether it’s detecting the symptoms of common eye diseases such as conjunctivitis or providing trauma stabilization to a child suffering an accidental eye injury, school nurses possess the skills and training needed to offer immediate quality care while making the necessary referrals to proper medical professionals for further diagnosis and treatment,” said Christie L. Morse, MD, Executive Vice President of AAPOS. School nurses are frequently on the front lines of children’s healthcare in the initial diagnosis and treatment when a child becomes ill at school. They also provide critical trauma stabilization when a child is injured on the school playground or other areas of school property. According to leading pediatric ophthalmologists (medical eye physicians and surgeons), both of these issues often involve the eye.

Another critical function of school nurses is their role in administering important preventive care measures such as vision screenings, which has also drawn praise from the nation’s pediatric ophthalmology community. “Pediatric ophthalmologists are fortunate to work with a great group of school nurses,” said Morse. “I am frequently referred patients from school nurses who have performed accurate and appropriate vision screening in their school, and I tell the parents to make sure they thank their school nurse for performing these screenings, which are so important to the vision health of the children,” she added.

Over 76,000 school nurses across the country promote health and safety, intervene with actual and potential health problems, provide case management services, and actively collaborate with others to build student-family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy, and learning.

For more information on National School Nurse Day, visit the National Association of School Nurses Web site at nasn.org.