Healthy students are better learners and school nurses – working with physicians and families – help to ensure that good health contributes to a strong education. Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden's post-baccalaureate School Nurse Certificate is expanding into a graduate-level program in nursing practice that prepares registered nurses to fill the increasingly important role of school nurse in K-12 educational institutions across New Jersey. School nurses are vital partners who advance academic success for students and contribute to the wellbeing of families and communities.
School Nurse Certification
In combination with clinical practicums, students enrolled in our accelerated summer program learn the skills and theory that keep our children healthy, fit, and ready to learn. We educate school nurses who become keenly aware of population health, public policy, social determinants of health, trauma-informed care, and adverse childhood events. Our students go on to play a pivotal role in sustaining and promoting the health of communities.
A recent policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics captures the evolving role of the school nurse best, "School nurses provide both individual and population health through their daily access to large numbers of students, making them well positioned to address and coordinate the health care needs of children and adolescents. The impact of social determinants of health are felt in the school setting and well known to school nurses. School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success, and lifelong achievement and health of students."
Thanks to a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the School of Nursing–Camden is expanding its mission of educating school nurses to address the complex and increasingly demanding health needs of students, families, and communities across the state. The New Jersey Nursing Initiative (NJNI) award granted in 2016 is helping to fund an innovative expansion of the school’s post-baccalaureate School Nurse Certification Program to a graduate-level program in nursing practice with a focus on population health.
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