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School nurses hailed

JOHNSTOWN — School nurses are being hailed by the Fulton County Board of Supervisors.

The board on Monday at the County Office Building issued a proclamation declaring May 12 as “National School Nurse Day” in Fulton County.

Gloversville 1st Ward Supervisor Marie Born read the proclamation that noted that in 1902, registered nurse Lina Rogers Struthers entered a New York City school as the first school nurse to provide service. She provided health care at four New York City schools where absentee rates were among the highest due to communicable disease.

The proclamation noted that one year and 26 school nurses later in 1903, the absentee rate in the four New York City schools decreased by 90 percent.

“National School Nurse Day was established in 1972 to foster a better understanding of the role of school nurses in the educational setting,” the proclamation said. “The role of the school nurse has expanded to include that of educator, advocate, manager, change agent and care provider.”

Fulton County officials said Monday that school nurses have played and will continue to play an increasingly important role in the care of school children during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The proclamation stated that school nursing has “developed into a specialized practice that promotes the academic success of students through collaboration with parents, school staff, physicians and the community.”

Supervisors resolved that the Board of Supervisors “expresses its appreciation to all school nurses in the Fulton County region and throughout the country as they play an important role in shaping the future for generations to come.”

The board proclaimed May 12, 2021 as “National School Nurse Day” in Fulton County.

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