Fewer Registered Nurses For Fayette Co Public Schools

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Updated: 7/18/2013 6:23 pm
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When school starts back up, students in Fayette County will see fewer registered nurses. 

Last year, Fayette County Public Schools shared 27 registered nurses.  This year, they'll have half that number.

Fayette County Public Schools Chief Operating Officer calls it a new model.

"Fewer registered nurses," said Mary Wright, FCPS COO.

In place of the RN's, the schools will use licensed practical nurses.  The RN's will supervise the LPN's. 

The district will count on school staff to help out.

"They're the things they've always done, putting on band-aids, administering medications," said Wright.

The district will pay for the same number of total nurses, but RN's receive more training than LPN's. 

Why the change?  FCPS pays the Health Department for the nurses.  A spokesperson for the Health Department says budget cuts forced them to come up with the plan. 

The school district's COO says she's not worried about the level of care kids will receive.

"We obviously know what our obligations and responsibilities are, and we would never put children in harms way," said Wright.

She says the district will do what it needs to make sure the nursing plan is adequate.

"If there are areas where we need to supplement our contract with the health department we'll take steps to make sure that that's taken care of," said Wright.

A spokesperson for the Health Department says the designed this school nursing plan to be temporary.  Mary Wright wants to reassure parents the district will take care of your children.
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