Wednesday, May 11th is National School Nurse Day - a time DoDEA joins the nation to celebrate the specialized practice of school nursing. This celebration recognizes the contributions school nurses make every day to improve the safety, health, and academic success of all students.
School nurses are the very heartbeat of DoDEA schools. They stand ready to help every child all day, every day. They serve a pivotal role that bridges health care and education that is critical to student achievement. Grounded by standards of practice, the services provided by the school nurse include leadership, community/public health, care coordination, and quality improvement.
The number of students with complex physical and mental health conditions, along with the number of students at risk for health concerns, and students who are affected by societal issues, such as living in poverty, necessitates school nurses to use critical thinking and provide highly skilled, evidence-based practice that meet the needs of students, families and school communities.
Additional resources to help your school honor school nurses can be found at: NASN Website
Jennifer Green has been selected as the Overseas School Health Nurses Association (OSHNA) school nurse of the year. Ms. Green is employed by the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) and works with U.S. military connected middle and high school students in Misawa, Japan. Currently she holds a both a BSN and a BS with plans to graduate from Western Governors University with a master’s in health leadership later this year.
Throughout the school year, Ms. Green presented educational material to students and staff regarding COVID-19. She also coordinated with the local immunization clinic to provide COVID-19 vaccination clinics at the school and collaborated with the public health department COVID-19 cell in contact tracing for her school. Ms. Green implemented education opportunities such as “Toilet Talk”, a monthly educational newsletter that is hung in the bathrooms providing education on pertinent topics for teenagers recognizing it was an opportune time to garner undivided attention. She coordinated with local providers gaining the trust of parents to create educational series addressing sexual health, sexual assault, sugar and fat intake, and helmet & concussion education. She was instrumental in providing educational support and locating outreach options for the school Gay Straight Alliance club.
Leadership is something Ms. Green excels at in her school. She has taken on chair roles such as Crisis Team, PPS Services and COVID Committee. Schools in her district have relied on her to assist in training, education and support of new school nurses. Other disciplines in the district rely on her knowledge as a school nurse leader for guidance with policy and procedures related to school nursing. Ms. Green also provided leadership and support as the OSHNA Parliamentarian for a couple of years.
These are just a few highlights of why Jennifer Green has been selected as OSHNA’s school nurse of the year.