What is your ratio?

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by Aneroo Aneroo, LPN Member Nurse

Specializes in Cath Lab, OR, CPHN/SN, ER.

How far are you from the 1:750 goal for healthy students?

I'm at about 1:1000, which is about the going ratio here. I have three schools. One big high school (800-ish students), one small high school (100, growing yearly to reach 200), and a small alternate school that has about 30-35 students in it.

Luckily, they're a mile from each other!

kidsnurse1969

kidsnurse1969

Specializes in Coronary Care, School Nurse. Has 15 years experience. 86 Posts

I am the only nurse in a district of approximately 950 students. Our elementary school has ECE, pre-k and K-6. This is where my office is and where I spend most of my time. Grades 7-12 are in the Jr/Sr high building. I go there 2 afternoons a week and when there are requests from the building administrator. The campuses are less than a mile apart.

My district has plenty of issues, but I have to admit...I have it pretty good.:clown:

guest83140

guest83140

355 Posts

I have a small high school of 665 and an early college school downstairs of 96 that is supposed to grow by 100 each year; it just opened. So I have a total of 761 with a nurse assistant, so that's not bad. We do stay busy with chronic problems, medications, and rambunctious 14-17 year olds getting into drugs or other bad teen behaviors. So it's 2:800! :up: May all schools follow suit with the growing population becoming more needy.

Keepstanding, ASN, RN

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 10 years experience. 1,600 Posts

we are a k-5 school with 800 students to 1 nurse.

mustlovepoodles

mustlovepoodles, RN

Specializes in OB/GYN, Peds, School Nurse, DD. 1,041 Posts

Gack! I work in a middle school with 900 students.I checked my records for 07-08...I'm seeing about 65-90/day--that works out to roughly 300-450/week, or 1100-1800/month. Yeep! No wonder I'm so tired!

(did I mention that my students also have poor access to healthcare, poor nutrition, low socioeconomic status, and gangs? sheesh)

pattylpn54

pattylpn54, LPN

Specializes in Psych/Substance Abuse & School Clinics. 1 Article; 141 Posts

1 high school -- 1300 students -- 1 nurse(me) & 1 aide.

zenman

2 Articles; 2,806 Posts

K-12 691 students and me.

luvschoolnursing, LPN

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 23 years experience. 651 Posts

I work in 1 high school building with about 1,000. Keeps me busy, but I'm not overwhelmed.

michigooseBSN

michigooseBSN

201 Posts

We have 6 K-5 elementary schools with a total of about 2560 kids (430 in mine) each with a nurse, 2 middle schools (800 in each) with 1 1/2 nurses each, and one HS of about 2000 kids with 2 1/2 nurses AND we have a full time nurse leader and a team of subs who do our vision and hearing screenings. We are so lucky!!

mustlovepoodles

mustlovepoodles, RN

Specializes in OB/GYN, Peds, School Nurse, DD. 1,041 Posts

We have 6 K-5 elementary schools with a total of about 2560 kids (430 in mine) each with a nurse, 2 middle schools (800 in each) with 1 1/2 nurses each, and one HS of about 2000 kids with 2 1/2 nurses AND we have a full time nurse leader and a team of subs who do our vision and hearing screenings. We are so lucky!!

Wow! You are lucky! I would think I had died and gone to heaven!

mamahuff

mamahuff

55 Posts

I am the only nurse for 4 rural districts in north missouri. About 400 kids total. I love my job. The secretaries hold down the forts when I am in the other buildings. I grew up and small town north Mo. and LOVE the small school atmosphere.

bergren

bergren

1,112 Posts

NASN : http://www.nasn.org/Default.aspx?tabid=525

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, of New York, introduced a bill on June 5, 2008 on behalf of herself and Rep. Lois Capps of California to reduce the student-to-school nurse ratio in public secondary schools, elementary schools and kindergarten. The Act would provide competitive grants through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to eligible states and report to Congress on the effectiveness of the program on health and education outcomes.

Currently, more than 50 percent of public schools in the United States do not have a full time Registered Nurse (National Association of School Nurses, 2008). Wide ratio disparities exist from state to state, within school districts, and between urban and rural schools.

The bill is cosponsored by Reps. Marion Berry and Mike Ross of Arkansas, Earl Pomeroy of North Dakota, George Butterfield of North Carolina, and Barney Frank of Massachusetts. Rep. McCarthy is a licensed practical nurse, and Rep. Capps is a registered nurse and former school nurse.

NASN is currently circulating a support letter for this bill to organizations and groups concerned with the health and education of children.

The full text of the bill can be found at the Library of Congress: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c110:h6201

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