Terrorism School Nurses

School nurses nationwide say they are unprepared for terror attacks on students

Gone are the days of just treating skinned knees and sick stomachs brought on by cafeteria food. School nurses say they have to be prepared for anything, including terrorism. But many say they're ill-prepared to deal with a large-scale attack against their students. Nearly half of those responding to a survey by the National Association of School Nurses say emergency preparedness is their top priority. Some say school nurses could be among the first to see the symptoms of a widespread bioterrorist attack, if large numbers of students begin showing up with fevers and rashes. But nurses say there's a lack of respect for the work they do and their role as front-line emergency responders. Faced with tight budgets, school districts often reduce health services to save money.