Pink Slips Await Too Many School Nurses

Jun 5, 2012, 6:07 PM, Posted by

As the school year heads to a close, fewer school nurses will be able to say “see you in the fall.” A recent article in the Wall Street Journal says that school districts across the country are slashing school nurse positions in order to make up budget shortfalls. But parents and policy-makers say the cuts impact children’s health, especially kids with chronic illnesses who rely on school nurses for care during the day. And for many underserved kids, a school nurse is often the only health professional they see regularly.

Read an interview on NewPublicHealth with Carolyn Duff, RN, president of the National Association of School Nurses, and Thomas G. DeWitt, MD, FAAP, director of the Division of General and Community Pediatrics at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, about the vital role of school nurses.

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF New Public Health blog.