School nurses stretched thin amid nationwide staff shortage amid COVID-19

The president of the National Association of School Nurses, Linda Mendonca, says the shortage has always been an issue, but the pandemic is making things worse.

SCHOOLS NATIONWIDE STRUGGLE TO FILL OPEN POSITIONS, HIRE SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS

“This is our third school year that we’re dealing with this pandemic, and [nurses] are tired they’ve been working 24/7,” she says. 

Pandemic aside, the CDC recommends schools have one full-time nurse for every 750 students. At the moment it’s estimated that about a quarter of schools have no nurse at all (Stephanie Bennett/ Fox News).

Pandemic aside, the CDC recommends schools have one full-time nurse for every 750 students. At the moment it’s estimated that about a quarter of schools have no nurse at all (Stephanie Bennett/ Fox News).

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