Report Concludes NC Short on School Nurses and Counselors
The state receives a "D" for school health and mental health
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A study by the North Carolina Institute of Medicine found that North Carolina doesn’t have enough school nurses or counselors, and that this is impacting child health across the state.
The North Carolina Institute of Medicine and advocacy group NC Child gave the state “D” grades for school health and mental health on its 2018 Child Health Report Card.
The study found that many North Carolina schools do not have a school nurse at all and that some nurses are serving more than one school. About 41 percent of school nurses serve one school, 36 percent serve two, and 22 percent of serve three or more.
Dr. Adam Zolotor, M.D., president of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine, says environmental stressors are taking a toll on young students, increasing the need for more school nurses and counselors.
For the full report, go to ncchild.org and search for “report card.”