Why Is There a Shortage of School Nurses?

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The shortage of school nurses is a result of many factors, including a lack of funding, the exposure to a great deal of risk and an environment that is full of stress. Find out how low incomes have contributed to a school nursing shortage with help from a licensed RN in this free video on nursing jobs and health care.

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Hi, my name's Kayti Brosnan. I'm a registered nurse here in Austin, Texas, and today, I'm going to tell you some of the reasons why we have a shortage of school nurses. School nursing is a sub-specialty of nursing, and it's a dying breed. There's probably 45,000 school nurses in the United States employed today. A lot of the reasons is that there's just not any funding, and so nurses have a really low-paying salary within the school setting. And it's a job where they're taking between...they're responsible for between 950 -- and on some days, 2,400 -- students. So it's kind of an unbearable load. It puts them in a lot of risk. I think, oftentimes, they feel very stressed out --that they feel like they can't take care of everything. So it's a stressful environment. It's not funded, so there's not a whole lot of income coming their way. And it's also not...it's not adequately regulated by the state, so each city or district is allowed to determine whether or not they want to have a nurse. And so it's not required, and so, thus, there's not a lot of education on school nursing and they're not represented as well as they should be. And those are just some of the reasons why we have a shortage of school nurses.

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