The shortage of school nurses in California was highlighted thanks to Host/Producer Barbara Ficarra during the September 14th broadcast of Health in 30™
. Barbara interviewed Dale Parent, President of the CA School Nurses Association, Donna Mazyck, President of the National Association of School Nurses, Amy Garcia, Executive Director of the National Association of School Nurses, and Nancy Spradling, Executive Director California School Nurses Organization.
Dale Parent eloquently described the role of the school nurse in the California school system. Dale also emphasized that parents often are unaware that a school nurse is not the person who is taking care of their child. While Healthy People 2010 recommends 1 school nurse for every 750 well children, in California and nationwide those numbers change dramatically and 1 nurse may be assigned to care for several thousand children, including some with serious health conditions. Without the appropriate numbers of credentialed school nurses, our children's lives are put in jeopardy.
Amy Garcia stated that NASN receives notices from grateful members of the public every month, telling how school nurses are involved in protecting children's lives. It is imperative that the public work with school nurses to assure that credentialed school nurses are readily available to protect the health and safety of our children.
The Board of Directors of the National Nursing Network Organization strongly supports the work of the California School Nurses Organization and the National Association of School Nurses. Please take the time and listen to this excellent interview by going to Health in 30™
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, September 24, 2007