Band-Aids, shot records, and fevers...Oh my! School health professionals juggle a complex array of medical and social issues, seeing hundreds of students, and often moving from school to school throughout the district.
To recognize these heroic efforts Mustang Public Schools will celebrate all school health professionals on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, for School Nurse Day. Mustang students, staff, alumni and parents are encouraged to share their favorite School Nurse Story on Social Media using #MPSNurseDay.
Mustang Public Schools employs eight full time registered nurses with more than 50 years of nursing experience between them and nine nurse assistants that serve 15 school sites and more than 10,000 students. Before joining the district, these dedicated professionals worked in nursing fields that include: intensive care, pediatrics, maternal/newborn, cardiac, home health and dialysis. There are many days when any of Mustang's nurses can treat 40 -50 students before the last bell rings at the end of the day." Mustang school nurses also teach the annual HIV/Aids presentations in the secondary schools. They also assist in teaching about body image, dangers of energy drinks, importance of hand-washing, growth and development, nutrition and dental health across the district, as well as infant and child CPR to Mustang High School students. Director of Special Education, Dr. Karen Wilson stated that “the nurses [and nurse assistants] in our district have proven to save lives over and over again! They do everything from medication administration to feeding tubes to serving on school committees. We are so proud of them and the way they take care of our students and staff on a daily basis!”
National School Nurse Day was established in 1972 to recognize school nurses and foster a better understanding of the role of school nurses in the educational setting. It is celebrated on the Wednesday within National Nurse Week.
To find out more about School Nursing in Mustang Public Schools, please visit http://bit.ly/MPSHealthInfo.
About Mustang Public Schools
The Mustang Public School District covers 69 square miles in Oklahoma and Canadian counties with the City of Mustang at its center. The district is the largest employer in Canadian County, with more than 1,000 employees, including both support personnel and certified personnel. The school district offers a comprehensive compensation package for full-time employees, in addition to a satisfying working environment. There are eight elementary schools (grades PreK-4), three intermediate centers (grades 5-6), two middle schools (grades 7-8), one high school (grades 9-12) and an educational center which houses pre-kindergarten and alternative education.