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J Spec Pediatr Nurs. 2007 Oct;12(4):215-23.

Mental health and academic achievement: role of school nurses.

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Psychiatric CNS Program, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. krp12@pitt.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:

This article discusses how school nurses promote mental health and subsequent academic achievement by screening and referral for children demonstrating mental health problems. Nursing interventions are discussed at the individual, systems, and community levels.

CONCLUSION:

Mental health problems can affect school performance and academic achievement. When mental health problems are not recognized, students may be unable to reach their academic potential. School nurses are in a key position to provide interventions to address mental health and academic achievement.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:

The role of school nurses and examples of mental health collaborative activities are provided.

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