TheNurse Is In
TheNurse Is In
Theneed for full-time nurses is necessary not only in elementary schoolbut also in high schools. According to the study carried by Hill andHollis, (2012), less than half of the country’s public schoolsemploy full-time nurses. However, in most poor urban institutes, onlyone nurse attends to 4000 students. This act has left mostprincipals, teachers, and other administrative officials to attend topupils who need nurses’ assists which in turn do not alloweducators to perform in their respective classes efficiently. A casein hand is Cascade Brook School where tutors have taken theresponsibility of nurses which affects the performance of the school.Therefore, the primary objective of this paper is to find the needand the importance of a full-time nurse in elementary schools relyingon the case of Cascade Brook School.
Is there a relationship between lack of a full-time nurse and the prevalence of diseases in Cascade Brook School?
Will the presence of a full-time nurse assist in the performance of Cascade Brook School?
CascadeBrook School has a total number of 263 students where 46.8% of thestudents are eligible for free lunch/or reduced lunch program. Thestatistic demonstrates that nearly half of the current student’sfamily’s incomes are in the 130% and 185% of the federal povertylevel. The school has experienced several attacks of Whooping Cough.The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention sent out a formalletter of investigation to the school, due to the high rate of casescoming from the School. Notably, the school has 33 full-timeemployees on the school budget, and nine of them are on anon-educational needs basis. According to Hill and Hollis, (2012),students are getting exposure daily to an increase in allergyproblems, on average 1 in 26 students per class.
Thepresence of nurses in school increases the performance of the school.A study carried by Hill and Hollis (2012) reveals that to protectlearners in schools, most teachers have taken the initiative tohandle responsibilities that would have been otherwise handled by thenurse. Example including attending to minor cuts that are predominantin among the learners and checking the blood pressure when it isconfirmed that teachers are not trained in such particular areas.While educators are attending to such roles, their works are notattended to which may result in job negligence. Therefore, engagementof teachers in other roles limits their ability to focus on classwork and instructions techniques.
Full-timeclasses increase attendance of learners. Notably, the prevalence ofillness is directly proportional to the absence of pupils in class.In other words, when cases of sickness increase, the rate at whichstudent miss classes is high. Notably, the school nurse providesscreening for health circumstances which reduce adverse impacts ofhealth problems on learning by identifying pupils with latentunderlying medical issues early and referring them for appropriatetreatment at the correct time. As such with identification andprevention of diseases learners will regularly attend their lessons.
Lackof full-time nurses is expensive. Citing the case of Cascade BrookSchool, the school has spent extra cost on inviting agencies such asThe Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention to investigatethe prevalence and the possible causes of Whooping Cough among thestudents. Notably, the current 2016-2017 School budget is$32,749,109 this is a $705,202 increase since last year.Particularly, schools also bear the responsibilities to take infectedlearners to the hospital for treatment. These extra costs can reducewhen the nurse can identify certain illness and recommend treatmentat window stages of such infections.
Thepresence of nurses saves time and reduces the workload. The workloadof a teacher is the number of lessons he/she can handle within agiven period. It means that when there is limited time as a result ofattending to other duties, teachers will have limited time for classwork. According to the study carried by Hill and Hollis, (20120, aschool nurse in the building saves principals almost an hour,teachers nearly 20 minutes, and clerical staff about 45 minutes in aday.
Itis evident that the presence of full-time nurses will improve theperformance of Cascade Brook School. This is because teachers willattend to their responsibilities once the nurse is around therefore,increasing the workforce. Secondly, nurses will be able to identifyinfections and prevent thereby reducing cases of absenteeism due tosickness. Moreover, the extra money used for treatment as a result ofdiseases can be channeled to their activities such as purchasinginstructions equipment. Also, the report justifies that lack offull-time nurse in Cascade Brook School is related to the incidenceof sickness within the institution.
CascadeBrook School should lay off employees who are on non-educationalneeds and replace them with two full-time nurses. This move will notincrease the budget of the school.
Hill,N. J., & Hollis, M. (2012). Teacher time spent on student healthissues and school nurse presence. TheJournal of School Nursing,28(3),181-186.