What is the value of a school nurse?
What is the value of a school nurse? How about a young life?
Last week, an underclassman at my school suffered a cardiac arrest at lunch. The school nurse and the principal and some other staff came to this child’s assistance and performed CPR until the paramedics arrived. They kept this child alive until she could be taken to the hospital. After several tense days, she is awake and talking. She will hopefully receive a pacemaker and recover fully.
A couple years ago, one of my colleagues had an ectopic pregnancy that ruptured, also at lunchtime, so thank God it wasn’t in front of students. She told me she was feeling bad (we had known about the problem, but her doctor was trying to treat it with drugs which didn’t apparently work) and suddenly, she briefly passed out into my arms. After I carried her to the nurse’s office, she was treated and comforted by the nurses until the ambulance could come and take her to the hospital. She ended up recovering.
Another incident a few years ago happened at the middle school where I taught, when a kid who was running through the halls lost his balance and flew head-first into a wall. The nurse stabilized him and made sure his neck wasn’t moved or injured further while we waited for the ambulance. Come to find out, he had a fractured vertebrae, and if he hadn’t been treated properly, he could have been partially paralyzed.
There has been a lot of talk in the edusphere by Mike at Education in Texas and Joe at Shut Up and Teach about a group called First Class Education, which is backed by Patrick Byrne (the guru of Overstock.com and the incredibly annoying commercials). Basically, they want to force school districts into spending 65% of revenues on instruction. Although sports counts as instruction, nurses do not.
You can read the rundown over there, since they do it so well. But be on the lookout for this. It sounds good to devote more $$$ to instruction, but apparently there is a hidden agenda.
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