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Where Have All the School Nurses Gone?

Magoo had a barf-o-licious health scare at school last week and he ended up in the health room.  I’m not sure if a nurse was present and I wasn’t too concerned about it.  Our nurses are shared between several different schools and so far it’s seemed to work fine for my kids. The woman taking care of him, while spending an hour trying to get ahold of me, was a friend of mine and a great mom who was fully capable of dealing with whatever stomach bug Magoo was dealing with.

Then I read an article on Parenting.com about the shortage of school nurses and how many school districts are choosing to eliminate them or cut their hours.  Carol Mithers gives a compelling case for the need for full time nurses in every school, sharing examples of the kinds of things that can go wrong when a school full of children is left without competent medical help.  Things can get dangerous when children have severe health problems or need regular medication

It made me nervous.  And nurses do more than just help avoid health disasters.  They can also play an important role in teaching kids about nutrition and health.  Do you have a full-time nurse on staff at your school?  Do you think you need one?

Kathryn Thompson is a mom to two school-aged kids, a toddler, and a deceased betta fish. She can also be found at The Parenting Post, DaringYoungMom.com and occasionally the gym. 

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