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Pr. George's schools deal with nursing shortage

Sunday - 12/30/2012, 2:27pm  ET

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - Prince George's County school officials are grappling with a nursing shortage.

The Washington Post reports that there's no permanent, full-time nurse assigned to about 10 percent of the county's schools. The shortage has existed since last year.

Karen Bates, supervisor of the health-services office, says the school system has lost nurses to retirement, attrition and higher-paying jobs. But it's hired about 20 nurses in the past three months.

The district is considering whether nurses' aides could be hired to staff school nurse offices in place of registered nurses and licensed practical nurses. Those aides are generally supervised by a registered nurse assigned to a region that includes several schools. As a temporary fix, the school system might also ask nurses at one school to treat students at another school.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com


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