Why School Nursing Programs Need Our Help
School health professionals juggle a complex array of medical and social issues, seeing thousands of students, and often moving from school to school throughout the district.
A typical schedule can encompass immunizations, health care screenings, hearing and vision testing, dealing with home accidents, diseases such as diabetes and asthma, student obesity, and special needs like tube-feeding or preventing the spread of disease through blood exposure. Additionally, nurses often treat fallout from mental, emotional, and social problems, including arranging for disadvantaged students to receive breakfast and clothing, and even helping students cope who are homeless or whose parents are incarcerated.
About 50,000 school nurses are employed in America, but we need more. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, schools should have one nurse for every 750 students. The reality is a far cry from the recommendation; about 59% of schools have a higher ratio of students to available nurses.
What do we donate?
For Schools in need, NextCare Urgent Care will gather a donation of medical supplies consisting of bandages, disposable ice packs, hand sanitizer, gloves, medication, antibiotic ointment and antibacterial soap. We communicate with School Nurses to determine which products best suit their needs, and have them personally delivered by our staff. Additionally, our medical staff is available to visit schools and provide handwashing demonstrations or other types of health education for students and administrators of all ages.Do you know of a school program in need of assistance? Contact us today to help your schools!