They See Us as the Enemy’: School Nurses Battle Covid-19, and Angry Parents

Associate Professor Mayumi Willgerodt

The majority of school nurses in the United States are responsible for covering more than one school, according to a 2018 study. (One-quarter of American schools have no paid nursing staff at all.) Most make less than $51,000 a year.

“They were understaffed and overworked to begin with,” said Mayumi Willgerodt, an author of the study and an expert on school nursing at the University of Washington.

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