Department of Nursing, Wellesley Public Schools
Our goal as school nurses is to keep students healthy so that they can be in the classroom ready to learn. We are always reinforcing hand washing, cough and sneeze etiquette and spend time with students when they visit our offices talking about ways to keep themselves healthy whether it be good nutrition, getting adequate rest each night or how to manage themselves in school on days when they are not quite 100%. (more…)
The Flu: A Guide for Parents
What is the flu?
Influenza (the flu) is an infection of the nose, throat and lungs caused by influenza viruses that are constantly changing. Flu causes illness, hospital stays and deaths in the United States each year. Flu can be very dangerous for children. Each year about 20,000 children younger than 5 years old are hospitalized from flu complications, like pneumonia.
The WPS Department of Nursing Service provides comprehensive health care that enhances the optimal state of wellness for the whole child in order to support academic success.
Welcome to the Department of Nursing web site. School nursing has evolved over the years with the focus on building strong partnerships with students, parents and teachers. Today, more children come to school with medical challenges and the school nurses are here each and every school day to help the students manage so that they can remain in the classroom and ready to learn. We look forward to working with you and your student.
“It is the position of the National Association of School Nursing that the registered professional nurse is the leader in the school community to oversee school health policies and programs. The school nurse serves in a pivotal role to provide expertise and oversight for the provision of school health services and promotion of health education. Using clinical knowledge and judgment, the school nurse provides health care to students and staff, performs health screenings and coordinates referrals to the medical home or private healthcare provider. The school nurse serves as a liaison between school personnel, family, community and healthcare providers to advocate for healthcare and a healthy school environment”.
(National Association of School Nurses / American Nurses Association 2011)