KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Having a registered or licensed nurse is a luxury for some school districts in Central Florida.
Osceola County reports it has a nurse assigned full time to serve all 60 of its schools, but that's not the case for many other school districts.
In Seminole County, there are 20 registered nurses for 58 schools that who after 67,000 students.
Orange County has more than 215,000 students and 199 schools. The county employs 110 nurses, a combination of registered nurses and licensed practical nurses.
The National Association of School Nurses wrote lawmakers in April that the U.S. needs funding for 10,000 additional school nurses due to the pandemic.
Clinic assistants in Seminole County and school health assistants in Orange County support nurses daily but not all have a health care background.
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