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School Nurses Help Keep Students Healthy


School nurses are often the only health care provider in a school. Learn how school nurses care for students in their evolving role.

In the United States, more than 40% of school-aged children and teens have at least one chronic health condition, like asthma, diabetes, seizure disorders, food allergies, or poor oral health.1 Some students with chronic conditions may miss school more often than others, which can affect their academic performance. For these students, school nurses or health centers offer vital help every day in managing their conditions.

School nurses or other school health services staff may also be the first to identify chronic health conditions in students during routine health exams.


Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2023). School Nurses Help Keep Students Healthy