Cutting certified school nursing positions sacrifices more than health care

Partners Post, September 2014

Certified school nurses not only improve the health of students and save lives – they also save taxpayers money.

That is the finding from a study by The Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics.

The study reported that for every dollar spent on school nursing services, $2.20 is saved in medical costs and lost productivity from teachers and parents.

Learn more: Certified school nurses rock: Keeping kids healthy and saving lives

Researchers found that during the 2009-10 school year, nurses at 933 schools were paid $79 million. Providing that care elsewhere, and accounting for lost teacher and parent productivity time, would have cost more than $170 million.

Unfortunately, nearly $1 billion in state funding cuts to public schools has forced school districts across Pennsylvania to make difficult funding decisions, and many have chosen to cut back on health programs, including certified school nurses.

In the light of this new research, that approach may be penny wise but pound foolish.



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