St. Johns Public Schools Partner with MSU College of Nursing

School nurses provide pivotal services to promote the health and well-being of students. The state of Michigan currently ranks last in the nation in the ratio of school nurse to students according to Parent Action for Healthy Kids (; Michigan’s 6,607 to 1 ratio of students to school nurses falls greatly short of the National Association of School Nurses recommended ratio of 750 general education students to 1 school nurse.

In order to combat the shortage in a cost-effective manner, St. Johns Public Schools has partnered with Michigan State University College of Nursing (MSU CON) to provide a clinical placement site for Community/Public Health nursing students for the spring 2015 semester. Students will be completing clinical hours at St. Johns Public Schools throughout the semester with School District Nurse and MSU CON Faculty, Karla Palmer.  Eight student nurses will be providing care and education to students throughout four schools in the community. They will be assisting at the clinic at the High School, Middle School, Oakview South Elementary, and Gateway North Elementary School once a week and will plan events and activities to promote health in the schools. Palmer stated, “These students will be a great resource to our school system and will assist me in providing health care and education to our student population. I am excited for them to be in this community setting.”

As much benefit that this provides to the school community, it also greatly benefits the nursing students involved by providing an opportunity to learn about community care and public health nursing in a school setting. The MSU CON students are grateful to be a part of this community and are excited for the opportunity to be able to work with these great students.




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