School Nursing Staffs Need Boost

Frankfort, KY – School nurses may be on the front lines in the fight against swine flu later this year, but they are in need of reinforcements in Kentucky. Kentucky schools are falling short of industry and governmental standards for nurse staffing levels.

Kentucky has one school nurse for every 1,877 students, according to a 2007 survey by the National Association of School Nurses. Nationally, each school nurse cares for 1,151 students on average. Schools should have one nurse for every 750 students, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In Kentucky, nurses must complete a licensure program through the state education department to officially use the "school nurse" title.