In order to fully comprehend this philosophy statement, there are a few underlying principles which must be defined. First, that the concept that health is more than the absence of illness or injury. Health is a dynamic, ever-changing state that can be characterized by levels of physical, emotional, and social wellness. Second, that health is something that can be experienced by a community as well as an individual. Third, that the promotion of health and health related activities is one of the core functions of a socially responsible school program. Fourth, that health promotion is a shared responsibility. It takes an entire community to maintain and enhance the health of its collective self as well the health of its individual members. Finally, that enhanced health will improve developmental achievement
The BB&N school health professionals believe that the health of a child has a direct impact on his /her educational experience. Whether it is academic, emotional, social, athletic or artistic, all children deserve the opportunity to pursue the highest level of health possible. We endeavor to create a coordinated school health program designed to meet the complex physiological, psychological, developmental, socio-cultural and cognitive needs of the children of the BB&N community.
The BB&N school nurses believe that every child has the right to professional nursing care. School nurses are compassionate, competent and caring professionals. The body of school nursing knowledge and theory continues to evolve and BB&N school nurses will actively participate in the process of knowledge development and professional growth. The BB&N school nurses will demonstrate the high standards of clinical skill, leadership, advocacy, communication, confidentiality and community involvement.
BB&N believes that school nurses are health educators. Whether the educational encounters are formal, in the classroom, or impromptu, the health promotion and education provided by school nurses has potential for far reaching impact on the lives of the individuals and community.
Lastly, the BB&N school nurses believe that children are family members. Parents are vital to planning, implementing and evaluating the state of their child’s health. The school health professionals at BB&N will strive to create a team of caring individuals, including parents; in order to meet the individualized health needs of each child in our care.