Illnesses requiring daily medical attention are on the rise in school-age children
Illnesses requiring daily medical attention are on the rise in school-age children, increasing the need for safe and reliable healthcare in schools. Emotional, behavioral and developmental conditions such as autism, depression and attention deficit disorders exist in at least 17% of the student population.
“We have seen an increase in chronic conditions affecting our students,” said Beth Mattey, MSN, RN, NCSN, president of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN).
“Parents must be able to rely on the schools to safely administer medications to students who have prescribed medications to be given during the school day,” said Mattey. School nurses are necessary to help ensure the health and safety of schoolchildren, but many schools today do not have a nurse on site.
Our downloadable infographic highlights the value of on-site nursing care for these 5 conditions:
- Food allergies
- Mental disorders