School Nurses in the News: Nurses Are on the Virus Front Lines. But Many Schools Don’t Have One.
[Source: New York Times]
Less than 40 percent of the nation’s schools had a full-time nurse before the pandemic, and there has been no national effort to hire more.
As the lone nurse for her school district in central Washington State, Janna Benzel will monitor 1,800 students for coronavirus symptoms when classrooms open this month, on top of her normal responsibilities like managing allergies, distributing medications and writing hundreds of immunization plans.
“I’ll have to go to these schools and assess every sniffle and sneeze that could potentially be a positive case,” she said. “I just don’t know if I can do it alone.”
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