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School nurses may become a rarity in Georgia.

Our state already ranks near the bottom for school nurses, with about one full-time nurse for every 2,300 students.

And education budget could mean even fewer school nurses.

Here in Dougherty County, nurses are provided to schools Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

"Absentee rates are high with kids with chronic illness like diabetes, heart disease, asthma, its amazing to me how many kids we see with chronic illness that just could not go to school, you know if it was not for school nurses," says Sandra Breedlove, R.N. Elementary School Nurse Team Leader.

Phoebe spends 1.4 million dollars annually on the school nurse program.

State money covers less than 20 percent of maintaining nurses in Georgia's schools.

 

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