Letter: Challenging situations for school nurses

Published: 2/16/2021 12:02:09 AM

With regard to House Bill 349, reported in the Monitor on Feb. 12: I’m a retired college professor, who has taught courses for New Hampshire nurses, including school nurses.

Many nurses work in a group situation with doctors or other experts nearby. School nurses are often on their own as the first medical person encountering, among other things, a schoolyard broken bone or concussion, an epileptic seizure, a severe allergic reaction, acute appendicitis, digestive crises, pupils suffering from child abuse, or for older pupils, unwanted pregnancies and miscarriages.

I needed a school nurse several times, including after an eye injury in junior high school phys ed. They are still very much needed today. This position requires extensive training and high professionalism.

EDWARD ORDMAN

New London


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