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Thursday, March 15, 2012

America’s School Nurses Need and Deserve Your Support

Standing in Unity With Our Nation’s School Nurses

School nurses are essential in helping to keep our children safe and well. Often they are the first to recognize health problems in our kids, both benign and serious. School nurses screen youngsters for hearing and vision deficits, but they also care for children with serious chronic conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, cerebral palsy, and asthma. They connect students to substance-abuse treatment, mental and behavioral health services and so much more. Yet with all the complex conditions school nurses confront each day, there are fewer and fewer of them.

Here is a solution and the The National Nursing Network Organization urges each of you to take action. From the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) website : “The Student-to-School Nurse Ratio Improvement Act of 2011" was reintroduced in the House on June 16, 2011. The Senate version of the bill was reintroduced on January 26, 2012. The Act would create a pilot grant program allowing federal assistance for local educational agencies most in need of improving their ratio. All students should be able to have their health needs safely met while in the school setting. Current reality is that although students today have greater medical needs than in past generations, caseload assignments for nurses vary greatly throughout the U.S. and within states. NASN is asking members of Congress to become co-sponsors of Representative Carolyn McCarthy’s (D-NY-4) bill in the House (H.R. 2229), and Senator Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) bill in the Senate (S. 2047).”

Please contact your US Representative and Senators today. Urge that they support this critical piece of legislation that will work towards ensuring that all students’ health needs are addressed.

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Thursday, March 15, 2012  

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