National School Nurse Day nears

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Did you know that every Fayette County public school has a school clinic staffed with a licensed nurse?

Not all school systems have licensed nurses at all of the their schools, so this is a good reason to celebrate National School Nurse Day on May 10 by showing appreciation to Fayette’s school nurses.

The national theme for this year is “Healthy Nurse. Healthy Student.” School nurses lead the way to advance health and support education by ensuring that students are safe, healthy, and ready to learn.

The school system has 30 school nurses: one full-time coordinator, one part-time special education nurse, 16 full-time and eight part-time Registered Nurses, and four full-time and one part-time Licensed Practical Nurses.

The school nurses care for 25-100 students per day with illnesses, chronic health conditions, and injuries. Also, 25-40 students receive medication from school nurses every day.

At the end of the 2015-2016 school year, the county’s school nurses collectively cared for 153,105 students, assisted 40,464 students with medications, and performed 42,091 special procedures such as blood sugar checks, respiratory treatments, catheterizations, and tube feedings.