I have recently became a school nurse, and I hadn't realized that some schools don't have a nurse just a health coordinator who took a class on how to give medication. The school I now work at had not had a nurse on their staff for over 10 years from my understanding.
This year I have sent students out for broken bones, concussions, caught an appendicitis... that is just some of the things that has happened since I have been here. I don't have any special needs students here or any that take medication on a regular basis here at the school, but I have a plethora of students with multiple allergies some that carry epi pens on themselves and have back ups in the clinic (knock on wood never had to use any. We have teachers with medical problems one of which I have nitro for in my cabinet.
Before I came on I was told that students would come down to take naps just to get out of class, if a student just said they didn't feel good they were sent home. Since I have started attendance has been better, no more sleeping students in the clinic unless they are sick after all this is a private school and they are actually paying for their education at least their parents are.
Sorry for Rambling... my point was that I can't image a school without having a full time nurse on board. Whether it be a LPN, RN, BSN, MSN... someone trained with medical knowledge is better than someone with out or no one at all!