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McCarthy: 'More Nurses in Schools'

In conjunction with National School Nurse Day and in observation of National Nurses Week, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY4), who spent over three decades as a nurse before becoming a member of Congress, is introducing legislation today to increase the number of nurses in public schools across the country.

 

“As a mom and as a nurse, I know that a healthy student is a successful student,” Rep. McCarthy said.  “Whether it’s helping to treat the common cold, helping to stop the spread of serious diseases or identifying the early warning signs of depression or abuse, school nurses are the first line of defense in keeping our schools safe.  This legislation is a common-sense investment in our future and Congress would be wise to pass it.”

 

The Student to School Nurse Ratio Improvement Act of 2013 creates federal grants to help states lower the ratio of students to school nurses and would require the U.S. Education Department to report the effectiveness of the program, particularly the relationship between access to student health services and academic success.

 

There are almost 100,000 public elementary and secondary schools and about 74,000 school nurses in the United States, according to the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services, respectively. 

 

“Today’s students face more medically complex conditions and chronic health illnesses, requiring the knowledge, assessment skills and judgment of a school nurse to manage their care,” said National Association of School Nurses President Linda Davis-Alldritt. “By promoting prevention and wellness and providing targeted early interventions – including mental health services – school nurses help reduce barriers to learning and address health disparities. Simply put, school nurses ensure that our children stay healthy, safe and ready to learn.”

 

School nurses are critical as a first line of defense in preserving the health and safety of schoolchildren, and free up teachers and administrators from monitoring and diagnosing health problems in students, which leads to a loss of productivity for both staff and students.  

 

“School nurses are the health and educational advocates for the student,” said Anne McAree, RN, SNT – a school nurse at Mineola High School.  The school nurse is often the first one to identify a medical issue that is affecting learning.  The school nurse is the one students turn to for both their physical and safety needs to be met. A school nurse supports the physical, mental and emotional by giving valuable lessons in health care and self care.”


News

Gitangalie Palombo, an Elmont yoga instructor, will open Fly High Dance and Fitness on the second floor at 111 E. Jericho Tpke. after her plan was approved by the Mineola Village

Board last week. She expects to open by January 2015. Sherwin Williams occupies the main floor.

 

“We want to be a great addition to the community,” she said. “I hope Fly High brings a new flare to the area.”

Local school districts are reaffirming student hygiene standards in the wake of the non-polio enterovirus (EV-D68) that’s been found in the United States. A strain of the enterovirus was found in Southampton’s middle and high schools, but officials say it was not the virus that has caused the national EV-D68 outbreak.

 

The enterovirus disproportionately affects infants, children and adolescents who lack immunity, according to the Center for Disease Control. School districts have been notified to follow New York State Health Department guidelines to combat possible infections.


Sports

The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”

 

The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.


As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs.  She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games. 

 

In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season. 


Calendar

Exercise Class - October 22

International Night - October 23

Village Halloween Party - October 24


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