The role of school nurses rises as the pandemic continues

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – As the pandemic continues, the responsibility of nurses continue to rise.

Keeping students healthy and in the classroom is essential to their academic success.

The Vigo County School Corporation keeps health assistants at each school, and registered nurse float around to each school on a daily basis.

VCSC Chair of Health and Nursing Services Eleni Miller said that school nurses are the first responders for the health of students.

“We’re their first line of care on a daily basis,” Miller said. “Then we can direct them to the resources that they might need outside in the community.”

Nurses were given many more tasks due to the pandemic such as being at the forefront of COVID contact tracing. Nurses had to balance this with keeping up with other medical issues.

VCSC Director of Communications Bill Riley emphasized the importance of nurses.

“Our nurses performed their normal roles and more during the pandemic,” Riley said. “They were kind of our first line if a student were showing symptoms.”

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