YCS Receives Grant for School Nurse

posted Aug 30, 2018, 7:32 AM by Xan Robinson   [ updated Aug 31, 2018, 7:15 AM ]

Yancey County Schools Receive Grant for School Nurse

Yancey County Schools were recently notified that they are the recipient of a one-year grant for a school nurse position.  The school nurses, Karen Brown, Yvonne Hardin, and Leslie Bryant, completed the School Mental Health Personnel Grant this summer.  The General Assembly worked with the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to begin the School Safety Grants Program to improve safety in public schools for students in crisis.  School mental health support personnel include school counselors, nurses, psychologists, and social workers.  The grant opportunity came at the right time for Yancey County Schools since one nursing position was to be eliminated for the 2018 – 19 school year.  This grant has enabled one nurse position to continue for one more year.

The grant criteria included identifying current and on-going needs and costs associated with improving student health and well-being in public schools; following State Professional Standards for nurse positions along with implementing evidence-based practices; and collaborating with parents, teachers, staff and outside services to ensure the best interests of students are met. Nurses address a wide range of student health needs from cuts and bruises to assessing flu and strep throat.  Attention from school nurses helps ensure students are in attendance unless they are sick.  Prompt assessments help shorten student illnesses and reduces exposure for others. 

School nurses, along with parents and teachers, are the eyes and ears that assist in eliminating both physical and mental barriers to the education process for students.  School nurses are wonderful advocates for student health concerns and assist in a powerful way in the education process.   They “demonstrate leadership by serving as a health expert and managing health services.”  Congratulations on receiving this grant.