May 8 recognized as School Nurses Day in Muscatine

Pictured are Pictured are six out of eight Muscatine School Nurses along with Jordan Drane, President Iowa School Nurses Organization and Melissa Walker, Administrative Counsultant of School Health/Nursing. (Submitted)

During Thursday evening’s City Council meeting, Mayor Brad Bark officially recognized May 8 as School Nurses Day in Muscatine in the presence of six out of eight nurses from the Muscatine Community School District.

The proclamation in its entirety is as follows:

Whereas, students are the future and, by investing in them today, we are ensuring our world for tomorrow; and

Whereas, families deserve to feel confident that their children will be cared for when they are at school; and

Whereas, all students have a right to have their physical and mental health needs safely met while in the school setting; and

Whereas, students today face more complex and life-threatening health problems requiring care in school; and

Whereas, school nurses have served a critical role in improving public health and in ensuring student’s academic success for more than 120 years; and

Whereas, school nurses address the home and community factors (e.g. social determinants) that impact students’ health; and

Whereas, school nurses are professional nurses that advance the well-being, academic success, and life-long achievements of all students by serving on the frontlines and providing a critical safety net for our nation’s most fragile children; and

Whereas, school nurses act as a liaison to the school community, families, and healthcare providers on behalf of children’s health by promoting wellness and improving health outcomes for our nation’s children; and

Whereas, school nurses support the health and educational success of children and youth by providing access to care when children’s cognitive development is at its peak; and

Whereas, school nurses are members of school-based teams (e.g. school health services, 504/IEP, disaster/emergency planning) providing care coordination to address the school population; and

Whereas, school nurses understand the link between health and learning and are in a position to make a positive difference for children every day.

Therefore be it Resolved, that the National Association of School Nurses celebrates and acknowledges the accomplishments of school nurses everywhere and their efforts to meet the needs of today’s students by providing and advocating for quality student-centered care and offers gratitude for the nation’s school nurses, who contribute to our local communities by supporting students to stay healthy, in school, safe, and ready to learn, and keeping parents and guardians at work, not just on this National School Nurse Day, but in every opportunity throughout the year.

Now, THEREFORE, I Brad Bark, Mayor of Muscatine, do hereby proclaim Wednesday, May 8, 2024, as “School Nurse Day” in Muscatine, Iowa, and commend its observance to all citizens.

To watch the proclamation beginning at the 2:52 timestamp, click here.