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FWCS to lose 2 Parkview nurses

District plans to hire to meet need

Parkview Health will pull two of the five nurses it provides for Fort Wayne Community Schools for next school year, but because of increasing need, the district plans to hire additional nurses.

Currently, 24 nurses provide services to the district’s 51 school buildings, including the five nurses Parkview provides.

Some nurses are responsible for up to three schools; nurses spend parts of their days in different buildings close to each other, said Krista Stockman, spokeswoman for the district.

For next year, Parkview will cut the number of nurses it provides the district, hospital spokesman Eric Clabaugh said.

He said that near the end of each year, Parkview meets with district officials to discuss how Parkview can best meet the district’s needs.

He said the two nurses Parkview was providing this year will perform other outreach duties in the district.

Stockman said the district plans to hire additional nurses because of rising need in its schools. She said that, ideally, each school building would have its own full-time nurse, but the district doesn’t have the funding.

“Having a full-time nurse in every building would be cost prohibitive,” she said.

For next year, up to 30 nurses will work at 51 schools, and no nurse will be responsible for more than two school buildings, Stockman said.

The district will also provide extra support for nurses in the district’s five high schools, which can average more than 800 student visits a month, Stockman said. Although schedules haven’t been finalized, high school nurses will likely have some part-time help.

For times when nurses aren’t available when students need them, Stockman said secretaries have been trained to dispense medication. There are also people trained in CPR in every building, she said.

sarah.janssen@jg.net

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