School Nursing

The Relentless School Nurse: The New COVID-19 First Responders? School Nurses | Opinion DARA KASS AND ROBIN COGAN

So excited to share the publication of my first news magazine Op-Ed! Thank you Dara Kass, MD for inviting me to collaborate on this piece!

With many American schools being asked to bring students back for face-to-face learning, we must confront a frightening yet imminent reality: Schools are the next frontline of COVID-19—and school nurses are the first responders.

Are school nurses prepared for the reality of their new role fighting a global pandemic? School safety has been precarious at best prior to this pandemic, and now it does feel that we are playing Russian roulette with our students and staff.

In a few short weeks, we will ask school nurses to go alone into completely unpredictable environments and make medical decisions without adequate policies, procedures, testing infrastructure and personal protective equipment. Consider the state of school nursing in America. More than 60 percent of U.S. schools lack a full-time nurse. In many of these schools, there is either a part-time, voluntary or no school nurse. In schools fortunate enough to have a full-time school nurse, many had untenable caseloads prior to this pandemic, let alone now.

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