NASN School Nurse Editor, Cynthia Galemore, interviews authors Brenna Morse, Amanda Carmichael and Veronica Bradford about the article, "Sickle Cell Disease Care Planning for School Nurses."
Learn more about this article by reading the abstract below and listening to the podcast.
Schoolchildren with sickle cell disease (SCD) experience physiologic and psychologic stress that can affect school functioning, mental well-being, and physical health. Student needs are unique and individualized; however, school nurses can support students and families with SCD through comprehensive and thorough care planning efforts. In addition to components specific to individual prescriptions and other nonpharmacological therapies, school nurses should consider school access and inclusion, pain management, racism, and disease self-management when care planning. As a healthcare provider who may have several continuous years of near-daily contact with students, the school nurse is an imperative provider, educator, and advocate for students learning to manage their SCD and avoid the related complications and challenges.