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Hello from Illinois! few questions about school nurses


Specializes in sub-accute. Has 3 years experience.

Greetings from Illinois! My name is Shavon, and I am about halfway through my 2 year associates degree program. I am currently writing a report about the lack of school nurses in the United States. I need some help in figuring out some resources. I have no direction or idea how to go about obtaining a few facts and stats about school nurses, such as burnout, student to staff ratios, etc.... any ideas or leads would be greatly appreciated.:confused:

Silverdragon102, BSN

Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC. Has 32 years experience.

Moved to the school nursing forum

There is not a lack of school nurses. Generally, when a school nurse position opens and a market rate salary is offered, the position fills. There is a lack of school nurse positions. So the horrendous workloads of school nurses in some states is due to school boards in those areas declining to staff the schools with the number of nurses needed to meet the children's health care needs.

This ruler shows the ratio of school nurse to students in each state: http://www.nasn.org/Portals/0/about/2008_press_room_faq.pdf

There is a Bill in the House and the Senate to study the ratio's impact on student health: http://www.nasn.org/Default.aspx?tabid=525

See these additional links: http://www.nasn.org/Default.aspx?tabid=465