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School Nurses’ Mental Health Is Suffering District Leaders Can Help

By NASN Inc posted 10-14-2022 13:32

  
In NASN's recent survey of nearly 8,000 school nurses, almost half reported being bullied, harassed, or threatened since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. In an article about the survey in Education Week, NASN's Executive Director Donna Mazyck, MS, RN, NCSN, CAE, said school nurses were often in the position of enforcing COVID mitigation policies in their schools and took the brunt of public and parental backlash for decisions made by superintendents and school boards.

Mazyck noted that schools can support nurses by having clear workplace procedures for reporting harassment or threats; providing health insurance that covers counseling or therapy; and adequate leave policies that allow nurses to take time off when they’re feeling unwell—physically or mentally.

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