School nurses learn emergency preparedness

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Emergency planning is important – especially for school nurses because of the vital role they play in protecting the health of their schools’ students and staff.

Half of Fayette’s school nurses took advantage of attending the 2015 Georgia Association of School Nurses statewide conference to gain a better understanding of how to plan and prepare for a variety of emergency situations from those caused by weather or natural disasters, to the spread of infectious diseases.

Fayette’s school nurses were among the more than 650 school nurses throughout the state who attended the conference with “Emergency Planning” as the theme. Fayette’s nurses in attendance were Kelli Kalen, Starr’s Mill High; Michele Crutchfield, Peachtree City Elementary; Kelly Dolak, Kedron Elementary; Michele Petty, Bennett’s Mill Middle; Kelli Mullis, Inman Elementary; Denise Wade, Inman Elementary; Nancy Zaj, McIntosh High; Cindy Hill, Fayette County High; Connie Knowles, Braelinn Elementary; Lisa Powers, Peeples Elementary; Jody Dettmering, Whitewater Middle; Barbara Stephens, Huddleston Elementary, Kimberly Smith, Robert J. Burch Elementary; Traci Ennis, Whitewater High; and Laura Paulsel, J.C. Booth Middle.

Additional conference topics included child trafficking, suicide prevention, and cardiac emergencies. Conference attendees heard from experts from the Department of Public Health, Georgia Emergency Management Agency, Department of Juvenile Justice, Georgia Department of Education, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.