Letter: Fulltime nurses are critical in schools

  1. [color=#006666]letter: fulltime nurses are critical in schools
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    with the increase of chronic diseases in children, school nurses play an increasingly important role in the safety of our students. more than just someone with a kind word and an ice pack, school nurses are first responders who must use stethoscopes and calculate insulin on a daily basis; judge the severity of an allergic, diabetic or asthmatic reaction; assist students with seizure disorders, undergoing cancer treatment or other health challenges.
    no longer are children with these health issues the well recognized rarity in a school. on average, three asthmatic children are in every classroom. asthma is the sixth leading cause of death in children ages 5-14. these deaths were preventable with prompt medical treatment. starting in january, over half of our elementary school students will be without a fulltime nurse in their school to provide such care. only three of arlington's seven elementary schools will have fulltime nurses.

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