How schools can prevent nurse burnout

Written by Victoria Bush

May 23, 2024

Every day, we're inspired by the incredible dedication of school nurses to their communities. They care for countless students, treating chronic conditions, administering medications, and managing emergencies, all with a calm and caring demeanor. However, the constant demands of their role can take a toll on their well-being, leading to burnout. With the right strategies, schools can help prevent burnout and support their school nurses, ensuring they can continue to thrive.

1. Invest in nurses

A supportive work environment is key to preventing burnout. It’s crucial that school nurses have access to the resources they need to care for students effectively. Schools can show their support for nurses by offering professional development opportunities such as conferences and workshops. These events not only enhance nurses’ skills but also help them build valuable peer support networks.

2. Encourage collaboration and teamwork

Working in isolation can significantly contribute to burnout. Promoting collaboration and teamwork ensures that school nurses feel supported and connected. August offers powerful communication tools that make it easy for school teams to collaborate. Within our platform, nurses can easily message counselors, coaches, or administrators to coordinate care, support students, and securely share documents. It takes a village!

Staff collaborating and communicating about a student's plan

3. Empower nurses

School nurses are much more than just band-aid dispensers; they are highly trained healthcare professionals with a wealth of knowledge and extensive experience. By actively involving them in the creation and review of health-related policies and procedures, and empowering them to make informed decisions, schools can fully leverage their expertise and provide the autonomy they need to thrive in their roles.

4. Encourage work-life balance

Schools can help maintain a healthy work-life balance by offering flexible work schedules when possible to accommodate personal needs and reduce stress. Setting boundaries around availability and minimizing the expectation for nurses to be on call outside regular school hours ensures they have ample time to rest and practice self-care.

5. Automate administrative tasks

One of the leading causes of burnout is the burden of tedious, administrative tasks. By automating these manual processes, nurses can focus more on student care and less on paperwork. August drastically reduces the amount of time school nurses spend on administrative tasks by

Streamlining Data Entry Our Robonurse automates data entry so nurses don’t have to enter immunization forms manually.

Automatic scanning and data entry of immunization information

Seamlessly integrating with your SIS Our strong integration with your SIS means that nurses no longer have to enter the same data more than once.

Simplifying medication documentation Our simple checklists allow nurses to easily keep track of which students received which medication so nothing falls through the cracks.

Simple checklist for tracking medication administration

At August, we build tools to lighten the administrative load and free up school nurses to do what they’re passionate about—nurturing the health and wellbeing of our students.

Reach out to see how our tools can support your school nurses and help prevent burnout!