Calif: Superintendant Proposes Elimination of LA School Nurses

  1. American Federation of Teachers Deeply Disturbed By Proposed
    Elimination of Los Angeles Public School Nurses
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  3. by   oramar
    OK, they can do this but only under one condition. This Ray Romer guy gets himself over to a large school district for one month first and tries to do a nurses job.
  4. by   VickyRN
    In my county in North Carolina, there are NO school nurses.... very disturbing . A health educator at the local health department, conducts "classes" in the public middle and high schools, but no substitute for an onsite nurse. It seems when government funds are low, the "nurses" are always the target.... whether in the community or hospitals/nursing homes. Preventative health care gets thrown to the wind, and the government ends up paying dearly for totally preventable illnesses/increased acuity/higher morbidity. Penny wise and pound foolish.
    Last edit by VickyRN on Mar 28, '02
  5. by   -jt
    You have no school nurses??? who does the finger sticks, the proventil treatments, gives the daily meds, etc to the school kids with chronic illnesses?
  6. by   VickyRN
    I really don't know. My two children were home-schooled, then went to private school. Perhaps the school secretary????
  7. by   Mijourney
    Hi. Where there are average to good school nurse programs, the evidence is very convincing in support of keeping nurses in the schools. If I were an administrator or teacher, I would be fearful of having to handle every need of a diverse and complex mix of children. I think that nurses and teachers complement each other a great deal especially when communication and understanding is good. Does anyone know if there are any stats on the effectiveness of school nurses? Is the superintendent saying he has to make this painful decision because of the school budget? Or, is this an effort to gradually erode what's left of the pubic school system?

    When it comes to the education of children, I feel that having a secondary focus on their health care needs in an effort to maximize their learning capabilities is vital. It doesn't matter what school they're enrolled in.