The Cobb County School District honors its dedicated school health professionals on May 7 as part of School Nurse Appreciation Week. A special reception for Cobb’s 120 school nurses was held, with special awards given for nurses with more than five years of service to the District.
Nursing supervisor Anne Coyle presented veteran nurses with a special lapel pin in honor of their work.
The School Health Services department supports education by meeting students’ healthcare needs within the academic environment. School nurses provide first aid and administration of medication for students, as well as management of suspected communicable diseases in schools. Cobb’s school nurses served students in more than 500,000 office visits during the 2006-07 school year. In more than 85 percent of those cases, the student was able to return to class to continue his/her educational activities.
School Health Services also work with parents/guardians, teachers, administrators and other healthcare professionals to raise awareness of health issues in the schools and throughout the county. Throughout the year, the department held training sessions for Cobb’s school nurses that included coverage of DFCS protocol, diabetes education, CPR and proper use of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) in place at every District facility.