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School Nurses Not Ready for Terror Attacks

Long associated with treating playground scrapes and tummy aches, school nurses nationwide say they need to be more prepared for emergencies such as terrorist attacks. Many are trying to work around tight school budgets and a lack of respect as front-line responders to get the training needed to prepare for the worst. “Because of 9/11, so many things have changed,” said Kathy Steffey, a nurse at Lakeview High School in Cortland. “We have to be prepared for almost anything.” Nearly half the nurses who responded to a National Association of School Nurses survey listed emergency preparedness as their highest priority. But, disaster preparedness trainer Deborah Strouse noted that many schools don’t even have a full-time nurse or health services. Full Story

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