Campus Nurses Speak: How College Students Are Handling Their Health

When it’s your kid’s turn to go to college, you’re a nurse second and a parent first. All your professional knowledge about sleep deprivation, binge drinking and the “Freshman 15” can fly right out the window. And even if you earned a bachelor’s degree or Master of Nursing, your college experience may have been far tamer – or much wilder – than the experience your child may have.

While you’re forgetting the health basics and dwelling on that eerie empty nest feeling and how to pay for books, though, other nurses have your back. (Don’t they always?) Campus nurses who staff student health centers provide students with basic and emergency health care, along with nutrition, fitness, sexuality, and substance use disorder education.

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