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School Nurses Take On Bigger Health Challenges

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 12:33 PM

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Recently we reported on the rise in health centers at school districts around Ohio and around the country.

While these centers are providing more comprehensive health treatment for students, school nurses are also shouldering greater responsibility.

As WCPN's Sarah Jane Tribble reports, school nurses are helping more kids who are battling chronic illnesses like asthma and diabetes.


Some 13 to 18 percent of adolescents nationwide have some sort of chronic condition, and children dealing with peanut allergies have doubled from 1997 to 2002, Tribble reports.

So many more kids are dealing with chronic illnesses, Tribble reports, because of their lifestyle choices and the increase in childhood obesity.

And with more nurses administering medication and monitoring ventilators for some disabled children, the average school nurses may need more training to handle students' needs.

"In recent years, associations like the National Association of School Nurses and Ohio’s Association of School Nurses have lobbied for states to require additional certification and training," Tribble says.


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