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ERIC Number: ED558472
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jan
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
Environmental Health in the School Setting: The Role of the School Nurse. Position Statement
McDowell, Bernadette Moran; Bryner, Janet; Chau, Elizabeth A.
National Association of School Nurses (NASN)
Environmental health is a branch of public health that is concerned with all aspects of the natural and built environment. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines environmental health as those aspects of human health and diseases that are determined by factors in the environment. It also refers to the theory and practice of assessing and controlling factors in the environment that can potentially affect health (WHO, 2011). It is the position of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) that the registered professional school nurse (hereinafter referred to as school nurse) is the health expert in the school setting. With a public health focus, the school nurse has the educational and clinical background required to understand the issues of environmental health in the school setting and is in a prime position to advocate for a sustainable healthy school environment. [This document replaces the Issue Brief "Environmental Health Concerns in the School Setting" (June 2012).]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of School Nurses