The District’s School Health Services department partnered with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Feb. 16 to host an important training day for school nurses throughout Georgia. More than 220 public and private school health professionals from Cobb, Athens-Clarke, Dade, Houston and many other Georgia counties came together for the inservice to discuss hot health topics relevant to the school environment.
Dr. Benjamin Gold, Chief of Gastroenterology at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, talked to the group about understanding Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease in children. Dr. Kate Arnold of the Georgia Department of Public Health led the afternoon sessions regarding the role of school nurses in handling cases of MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and infectious rashes.
The day-long training included breakouts for collaboration and discussion of best practices between nurses. Attendees spent time sharing experiences, viewing demonstrations of healthcare-related products from vendors and discussing funding for school health programs.