The school nurse is one of the first job positions to cut when schools face financial hardship. The loss of the health professional in the school situation coupled with a rise in obesity means that for many schools, teachers have been looked to as the healthcare officers. This has resulted in useless and potentially damaging BMI report cards. The role of the academic teacher is already stretched, and nurses have the skills needed to implement proper obesity reducing measures for individuals that are in need of them, as well as helping children, teachers and staff understand the importance of adequate nutrition and exercise.
With the recent 47 percent rise in childhood obesity, It is about time the school nurse returned.
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