Worcester School Nurses’ Advocacy Efforts Lead to Funding for a Nurse in Every School

Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, June 6, 2012 The City of Worcester, in partnership with the Worcester School Department, has budgeted for a full-time nurse in every public school next school year. This is the result of many years of advocacy by the Worcester school nurses who have worked hard to educate Worcester School Committee members and other elected officials about the complexity of the role of the school nurse and the need for a nurse in every school for the entire school day. In these tough economic times and with limited resources at their disposal, elected officials have difficult choices to make. Worcester school nurses made the case that investing in the health of the children they care for should be a priority. Their hard work has paid off and the children of Worcester and their families will be the beneficiaries.