Albany-- School nurses handled 30,000 visits during their first year in Dougherty County middle schools.
Besides the basic sniffles and stomach aches, school nurses dealt with more serious problems, like diabetes and asthma. Phoebe Putney provides the nurses and is scheduled to do so for just one more year. They're hoping to get more support for the school nurse program. Phoebe CEO Joel Wernick says, "I think where there is a need, you find a way to figure it out. Perhaps cost sharing is out there. So with an early start hopefully we can get some foundations and others behind funding this program."
It will take grant money and other resources to keep the program going. Joel Wernick says he would like to see the program extend into the elementary and high schools.