School Nurses: Keeping School Children, Families, and Communities Healthy

Mayumi A. Willgerodt, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, FNASN; Catherine Yonkaitis, DNP, RN, NCSN, PHNA-BC


Am Nurs Journal. 2021;16(2) 

In This Article

Abstract and Introduction


This specialty provides many challenges—and rewards.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the work of school nurses, who play a critical role in maintaining the health and well-being of children, families, and communities. They're particularly integral to healthcare access for children whose health is impacted by social determinants. In fact, many consider school nurses the hidden healthcare system for vulnerable youth. Widespread understanding of the breadth and depth of professional school nursing is needed to ensure the growth of this critically important nursing specialty and to protect children's health.