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Oct. 2, 2000 -- No. 509

School nurse crisis is subject of Chapel Hill conference Oct. 5, 6

9 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Oct. 5, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 6, William and Ida Friday Continuing Education Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Nearly 400 school nurses from across the state are expected to attend the 17th Annual School Nurse Conference, titled "School Nursing in the New Millennium." The conference, open to media, will address the following critical issues and more:

Nine N.C. school districts have no school nurse and even more share "roving" nurses.

The school nurse-student ratio approaches one nurse per 2,000 students in some school systems – even one per 10,000 students in a few counties.

More students need advanced technical procedures – such as administering medication, and attending to increased incidence of asthma, diabetes and depression – supported by a school nurse.

Carol Costante, former president of the National Association of School Nurses, will address these trends as the conference keynote speaker (9:15 a.m. Oct. 5) and will be available for interviews afterward.

Marilyn Asay, conference organizer and school nurse consultant for the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, will close the conference with an 11:30 a.m. Oct. 6 presentation, summarizing the school nursing crisis. Funding legislation is up for discussion in the 2001 session of the N.C. General Assembly. She also will be available for interviews after her remarks.

The conference is sponsored by the Public Health Leadership Program at the UNC-CH School of Public Health, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Division of Women’s and Children’s Health and the School Nurses’ Association of North Carolina.

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Note: For more information, visit  www.sph.unc.edu/oce/ or contact Bev Holt at (919) 966-6274.

N.C. Department of Health and Human Services contact: Marilyn Asay, (919) 715-3298

UNC-CH School of Public Health Contact: Lisa Katz at (919) 967-7467