May 5, 2018, Sioux Falls (SD) Argus Leader: Letter: School nurses improve student learning https://www.argusleader.com/story/opinion/readers/2018/05/05/letter-school-nurses-improve-student-learning/34592331/ Carrie Clarke, R.N., school nurse: On Wednesday, May 9, we recognize our school nurses by celebrating National School Nurse Day as a way to foster a better understanding of the role of school nurses in the educational setting. The theme this year is, School Nurses: Advocates for 21st Century Student Health. Parents should be able to send their children to school with the peace of mind that they will remain healthy, safe and ready to learn. Given that today’s children face more chronic health illnesses (e.g. asthma, diabetes, food allergies, mental health, etc.) than ever before, I take my role as a licensed, professional school nurse very seriously. … As the school nurse at Washington High School, I take on a variety of roles every day. For many of the students, I am the only health professional they may have access to, except in emergencies. This becomes even more important as the prevalence of chronic social, emotional, and other health problems keep increasing.