Department of Defense Education Activity

National School Nurse Day

School Nurse Day


Wednesday, May 6th 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.


Why Is a School Nurse Important?

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.


School Celebration Ideas

Take time to recognize and celebrate school nurses!
  • Have the school principal present the school nurse with a Certificate of Appreciation!
  • Recognize the school nurse with appropriate mementos of appreciation.
  • Have students make cards for the School Nurse.
  • Include information about School Nurse Day in all school communications.

Additional resources to help your school honor school nurses can be found at: NASN Website


Congratulations to Brian Durrant 2020 OSHNA School Nurse of the Year

PR Brian Durrant School Nurse year

The Overseas School Health Nurses Association (OSHNA) is proud to announce that Brian Durrant has been selected as its 2020 School Nurse of the Year. Brian has been a School Nurse since 2012 and currently works for the Department of Defense Education Activity at Daegu Elementary School in South Korea serving military-connected and Department of Defense dependents. He states, “I find that working with the military-connected students is incredibly rewarding and that by collaborating with the Case Study Committee, Student Support Services and other various committees at my school, I’m able to thoroughly implement my School Health Services Program to support this special student population.” Read more...