|School Debates Hiring Third Nurse|
|Written by Nancy Bowman|
|Wednesday, 21 November 2012 00:00|
More nursing time has been added at the Tipp City Schools primarily to assist students with diabetic-related needs.
Superintendent John Kronour told the board of education in an October report that he and Gretta Kumpf, assistant superintendent, were exploring options for adding to nursing care.
More students are requiring nursing services, he said.
“The number of diabetic students seems to be growing at a very rapid rate,” Kronour wrote to the board. The severity of some of the cases also has intensified, and many of the students are on insulin, he said.
The most critical time for care is around the lunch break, he said.
The district had two full-time nurses, RNs, working with students until recently when a third, a LPN, was hired for two hours a day, five days a week.
“We are trying to work with students on how to manage their situation,” Kronour said. In many cases, attention may be limited to checking sugar levels.
“We want to do this economically, but still provide the level of care needed,” he said.
The mayor of Columbus commented last week on the rapidly rising rate of students with diabetes in the state’s capital’s schools. Mayor Michael B. Coleman listed the rate of students with diabetes among the challenges facing the city’s public schools The Columbus Dispatch reported Nov. 17.
The JDRF, once known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, offers information on diabetes and a Back to School Basics page on its website www.jdrf.org.