What would our country be like without its safety officers? We have great police, fire and military personnel securing our townships, counties and cities all over the United States. These heroes go recognized for the contributions they make for protecting our citizens across the nation.
As a public sector registered nurse for more than twenty five years I can tell you from experience that nurses are also safety officers. We play a significant role in saving and maintaining law and order, safety and security in populations that are connected by health. We can put up walls and fences but without the implementation of basic health standards there are no boundaries to the disease and despair that rakes through a nation that skimps on prevention and education of healthcare.
Nurses are essential to changing our nation to a culture of prevention because of our sheer numbers, our presence in every cultural community, and because we are so trusted by the public. The fact that a school nurse must be shared between institutions and have been cut so drastically across our nation is an appalling example of how the low number of nurses in proportion to a population can produce devastating effects. Our nation is leading in childhood obesity and teenage pregnancy when this statistic could be redirected if an ample number of nurses were employed by each school. Continue reading “A Matter of National Security”