Shriners Hospitals for Children Teams up with School Nurses to Keep Kids Safe – Especially During the Summer Season

Shriners Hospitals for Children ® and the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) are working together to encourage kids across the nation to be Superheroes of Summer Safety by following tips to reduce the risk of injuries during their summer break. Playground accidents, swimming-related incidents, as well as campfire and fire pit burns are some of the more common and potentially life-altering childhood injuries that can occur during this time of year.

School nurses nationwide are conducting safety demonstrations and distributing activity sheets that give basic rules for safe summertime play. It is all part of a larger, year-round collaboration between Shriners Hospitals for Children and NASN to improve the health and safety of all children. Through educational materials, events and professional training, Shriners Hospitals and NASN will work together to ensure students know how to have a fun, injury-free summer.

“We understand that school nurses are the foundation for student health,” said Jerry Gantt, chairman of the Board of Directors for Shriners Hospitals for Children. “Providing school nurses with additional resources to
help improve the health and safety of children is just another way we send Love to the rescue ®.” “

“School nurses strive to keep students healthy, safe and ready to learn,” said NASN President Beth Mattey, MSN, RN, NCSN. “Working with students in schools and their families, is a key piece of the safety puzzle.
NASN is proud to be a part of Shriners Hospitals for Children’s campaign.”

As experts in the treatment of pediatric orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip and othercomplex surgical needs, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California provides critical, surgical and
rehabilitative care to children, regardless of the families’ ability to pay. A regional pediatric medical center located in Sacramento, the Northern California hospital partners with Safe Kids Greater Sacramento and other
community groups to promote health and safety. The Northern California Shriners Hospital partnered with California State Parks on a campfire safety campaign, and the hospital hosts burn prevention programs for
children in grades K -3 throughout the year. The hospital will distribute safety tips as community events an health fairs as part of the Superheroes of Summer Safety campaign.

The Northern California Shriners Hospital urges parents and caregivers to remind kids of these simple precautions to keep them injury-free this summer:

  • At the playground, slide feet first, and swing sitting down.
  • Keep children inside when lawn mowers are in use.
  • Keep several feet away from fire pits, campfires or grills.
  • Swim only with an adult present, and wear life-jackets on open water.

Become a Superhero of Summer Safety and enjoy a safe, injury-free summer. For additional safety tips, flyers and activity pages for children, visit here.

Should an injury occur, the physicians and staff of Shriners Hospitals may be able to help. To find out more about the medical care, programs and services available at our Northern California Shriners Hospital, please visit our website. To refer a child for care and make an appointment, please call 916-453- 2191.

The National Association of School Nurses is a non-profit specialty nursing organization, first organized in 1968 and incorporated in 1977, representing school nurses exclusively. NASN has more than 16,000 members and 50 affiliates, including the District of Columbia and overseas school nurses. The mission of NASN is to optimize student health and learning by advancing the practice of
school nursing.

Media Contact: Catherine Curran | Public Relations (916) 453-2218 | ccurran@shrinenet.org

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