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News Release - School Nurse Day Is Wednesday, May 11

May 9, 2011

News Release

School Nurse Day Is Wednesday, May 11

This week schools across the nation and in Colorado will celebrate a profession that advances the well-being, academic success and life-long achievement of students. National School Nurse Day was established in 1972 to foster a better understanding of the role of school nurses in the educational setting.

Today, more than 60,000 school nurses across the country:

  • Promote health and safety;
  • Intervene with actual and potential health problems;
  • Provide case management services;
  • Actively collaborate with others to build student/family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy and learning.

“The Colorado Department of Education celebrates and acknowledges the accomplishments of school nurses everywhere and their efforts to meet the needs of today’s student by improving the effective delivery of healthcare in schools,” said Kathleen Patrick, assistant director of health and wellness for the department. “National School Nurse Day is a time to celebrate the nursing profession and the specialty of school nursing.”

National School Nurse Day falls on the Wednesday during National Nurses Week, May 6 – 12, ending on the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of nursing.

“National School Nurse Day provides an opportunity for school nurses to articulate what they do to remove or minimize health-related barriers to student success,” said Sandi Delack, president of the National Association of School Nurses. “We are school nurses; we support student success—which is priority one.”

For more information on how CDE supports school nursing and health services, visit

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