School Nurses in Action

Ideas to Raise Awareness

Activities should be based upon the values of the school; its community; administration; and students.

With all activities, please ensure local resources; and the school nurse name, location in the building, contact information, and a photo (if available) are prominently displayed/noted.

Collaborate with a student group in your school to select and plan activities to ensure they are youth-friendly, interesting, and relevant. Also consider working with a local nursing school program for ideas and volunteers to help implement activities.

School-wide awareness campaigns/activities to increase knowledge about Minors’ Rights; healthy relationships; HIV and STD prevention and testing; school climate; accessing healthcare, etc.

Feature monthly bulletin board awareness messages on a prominent board in the school (for example, in the cafeteria). It is not preferable for the Clinic Office bulletin board to be utilized. The goal is increased visibility of the message by the whole school population.

Focus on young men. Develop activities to increase the number of high-risk adolescent males accessing health care and HIV testing (in SBHCs, Teen Clinics, or CBOs). Coordinate and host a group of young men to discuss accessing healthcare (strategies, barriers, teen friendly clinics, when to seek healthcare, prevention services, etc.) - Integrate this session with existing young men’s groups - Co-host with a local Teen Clinic, CBO, or male Health Educator

Coordinate a calendar, video, poster, art or spoken word contest for students to develop messages about prevention; healthy relationships and communication; HIV testing; accessing teen clinics, etc.

Write a column in the student newspaper; school website; or parent newsletter that corresponds with the monthly awareness topic (or co-author with a student).

Make a morning or afternoon "tip of the day" during school announcements.

Host an info table about the topic during school lunch; staff meetings; and/or parent gatherings. Be sure to include resources as well as information.

Sexual and Reproductive Health Monthly Observances

Monthly observances are excellent opportunities to increase awareness by incorporating information on bulletin boards, school/parent newsletters, teacher’s lounge, school website, classroom presentations, etc. Seek appropriate permission and approval from district and school leaders if appropriate.

Visit Healthfinder.gov for National Health Observances including links to organizations offering resources.

January

Cervical Health Awareness Month

April

Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

July 28

World Hepatitis Day

October

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

February

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

April

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Awareness Month

September

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

October 15

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

February

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

April 2

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Day of Action

September 27

National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

December 1

World AIDS Day

March 10

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

April 10

National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

September 27

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) Day

March 20

National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Examples

School Nurses in the Bronx, New York showcasing their bulletin boards. Click on an image to enlarge.