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May 31, 2014
It is of little comfort to know that a school's lack of a staff nurse played no apparent role in the death of a first grader last week. A child's death is always tragic, and as Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said, "During times of tragedy, our community should not have to question whether an extra staff member or a program would have made a difference. " The seven-year-old Jackson Elementary School student had a congenital heart defect, which can lead to sudden death, medical examiners said.
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April 10, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Harriet Hillebrand Burns' decision to become a psychiatric nurse was swift. "At her first taste of an autopsy" while a nursing student, her husband John E. Burns recalled, "she said, 'I'm going into psych nursing.' " He suggested that in her career, "if she could be likened to a part of the body, she was a shoulder. " At a Veterans Administration medical center in Los Angeles in the late 1950s and early 1960s where she nursed, he said, "people could confide in her and seek her counsel.
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May 14, 2010 | By Claudia Vargas INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Gertrude F. Tierney Lavery, 79, of Cherry Hill, a longtime nurse at Cinnaminson High School known for her outgoing and take-charge attitude, died of liver cancer Wednesday, May 12, at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Though Mrs. Lavery's title was registered nurse, she took various other roles at the school: counselor, teacher, even emergency driver. "She was extremely accommodating to kids and went beyond what was expected of her," said teacher Al Sloan, who worked at the school all 26 years Mrs. Lavery was the nurse.
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December 27, 1990 | By Patrick Scott, Special to The Inquirer
A school nurse has sued the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District, contending that she was illegally assigned to homeroom and other duties in addition to her nursing job. According to the suit, Bonnie Spangler of Wayne, a nurse in the school district for the last six years, has been assigned to "morning duty" this school year and last in violation of the state Public School Code. Her morning duty involved monitoring the cafeteria at the Swarthmore-Rutledge Elementary School, where pupils await the start of the school day. Spangler's suit, filed Dec. 6, does not seek damages.
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October 22, 1999 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Rebecca Ellen Jones Alderfer, 79, of Hartsville in Bucks County, a retired school nurse known for her compassionate nature, died of lung cancer Sunday in Abington Memorial Hospital. After practicing nursing at the Abington hospital for several years in the 1940s, she earned a bachelor's degree in education from what was then West Chester State Teachers College and became a school nurse. "Thousands of schoolchildren felt her loving touch during her 20 years as a school nurse for the Central Bucks School District," said a son, David Alderfer.
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July 16, 1995 | By S. Joseph Hagenmayer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Anna C. Heller, 88, a school nurse who gave three decades of service to Mount Holly schools, students and families, died Tuesday at the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home in Vineland, where she lived. A 1926 graduate of the former Mount Holly High School, Mrs. Heller received her nursing degree from the Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia, and her school nursing permit from Trenton State College in 1935. She received a bachelor's degree in education from Rutgers University in 1947.
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November 18, 2010 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jacqueline Rich Sauro, 79, of Moorestown, a longtime nurse at Cherry Hill High School East whose easygoing personality made her a favorite chaperone for class trips, died of lung cancer Friday, Nov. 12, at her home. Mrs. Sauro took her school nurse's job "to an entirely different level," said former Cherry Hill East principal James Gallagher, now the district's assistant superintendent. "She was a surrogate mother to a lot of the kids," he said. Students were often in her office seeking advice on more than just health, he said.
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July 15, 1996 | By Susan Q. Stranahan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For 22 1/2 years, youngsters in the Norristown school system might just as well have had their mother in the school nurse's office. Until she retired in 1984, Jessie Woessner was in charge. And in addition to dispensing Band-Aids and throat lozenges, she took an active interest in their overall well-being, according to her daughter. "She cared for them as if they were her own," said Jessie Ann Moser of Allentown. Mrs. Woessner, who lived in East Norriton Township, died Friday at her home.
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August 11, 1995 | By S. Joseph Hagenmayer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Aletta M. Crichton, 86, Pemberton Township's first school nurse and a strong advocate for the creation of special-education classes in the district, died last Friday at the Health Care Center at Cadbury, Cherry Hill. Mrs. Crichton retired in 1973, and in 1978, the school district paid tribute to her long service and dedication to students by naming a Browns Mills school - the Aletta M. Crichton School - in her honor. A Cherry Hill resident, Mrs. Crichton was a registered nurse who joined the Pemberton Township School District in 1950, serving all eight schools.
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December 29, 2011 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mary Ann Sewell doesn't just dispense aspirin and Band-Aids. Sewell, the school nurse at Bok High in South Philadelphia, tends to 187 asthmatic teenagers. She treats insulin-dependent diabetics, kids with cystic fibrosis, sickle-cell anemia, and seizure disorders. As part of its latest round of budget cuts, the Philadelphia School District will lay off 141 employees, including 47 nurses, effective Saturday. Sewell and about 50 others gathered at district headquarters Wednesday to protest.
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May 12, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
THE SPONTANEOUS combustion of an iPhone in the back pocket of a 12-year-old Northeast Philadelphia girl has her family traumatized - and eager to switch to another brand of smartphone. Alexis Rolon suffered second-degree burns on her right buttock from an iPhone 5C, which caught fire while she walked to her neighborhood school Friday morning. The freak accident left Alexis feeling embarrassed because it happened in front of her classmates, her parents said. She also has trouble sleeping since she has to sleep in a different position because of the injury, Alexis said.
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May 9, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maude Freeman Coles and seven of her girlfriends began their monthly get-togethers when they were teenagers at Palmyra High School. They played bridge, four players at each of two tables, and rotated as hosts from house to house. When ill health subtracted two of them, they became six at one table, playing a card game now lost to memory. "They called themselves the Sixers," Mrs. Coles' daughter, Carol Graf, said. When Mrs. Coles was 92, the card games ended, but she and five friends still got together once a year for lunch at her home.
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April 10, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Harriet Hillebrand Burns' decision to become a psychiatric nurse was swift. "At her first taste of an autopsy" while a nursing student, her husband John E. Burns recalled, "she said, 'I'm going into psych nursing.' " He suggested that in her career, "if she could be likened to a part of the body, she was a shoulder. " At a Veterans Administration medical center in Los Angeles in the late 1950s and early 1960s where she nursed, he said, "people could confide in her and seek her counsel.
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March 22, 2015 | By Huizhong Wu, Inquirer Staff Writer
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Friday that Pennsylvania does the worst job in the nation of funding low-income school districts. "The state of Pennsylvania is 50th, dead last, in terms of the inequality between how wealthy school districts are funded and poor districts," Duncan said. Recent Education Department figures show that the amount spent on each student in Pennsylvania's poorest school districts is 33 percent less than the amount spent on each student in the wealthier districts.
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March 12, 2015 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Age was creeping up, and Linda Garrett, 67, decided to do something radical. She went into the kitchen, propped the iPhone on a soup bowl, and recorded a plea to CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta to be part of his Fit Nation triathlon challenge. She wanted to be chosen as one of six Americans - among 200 applicants - who will be trained and equipped to compete for the first time in the grueling sport. Garrett, a retired school nurse, had never swum a lap, never clipped into a bike pedal.
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February 8, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Denise McGovern remembered at least five times in which she asked that Margarita Garabito send her stepdaughter to a doctor for a physical exam. Teachers told McGovern, the nurse at Feltonville Intermediate School, that Charlenni Ferreira had trouble walking. She could not keep pace with other students. The school nurse stapled an additional paper to the school-mandated physical form, asking that a doctor examine Ferreira's hip and hobbled gait. She wanted Ferreira, a 10-year-old fifth grader, to undergo physical therapy.
NEWS
January 28, 2015
ISSUE | HEALTH CARE Treating customers' needs a priority While we can't comment on any individual member's experience due to privacy considerations, it was important to us to respond to a recent op-ed about our customer service, as we take this instance and every customer service issue seriously ("No easy access to health care," Jan. 22). Independence Blue Cross insures more than 2.5 million people in our region. We receive nearly five million customer service calls yearly. And we have more than 600 people on our dedicated customer service team ready to assist our members.
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November 8, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
A teacher at Bartram High School was attacked by a student and suffered a concussion this week after being thrown to the ground in an incident that was captured on video and widely shared on social media. It was the third such assault in a month at the violence-prone school, which in recent months had made some strides in safety that teachers say seem to be eroding. This week's incident happened Thursday afternoon, when a student attacked a substitute teacher who had asked him to leave a classroom earlier in the day, Philadelphia School District officials confirmed.
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October 22, 2014 | By Rita Giordano and Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writers
It started Friday with a memo meant for staff at Howard Yocum Elementary School in Maple Shade. The school nurse wrote that on Monday, two students were arriving at the K-2 school from Rwanda, an East African nation with no Ebola cases. Even so, the nurse wrote, she was going to take the precaution of monitoring the children's temperatures during school three times a day for 21 days. That memo came to the attention of parents. It sounded an alarm. On Saturday, Maple Shade School Superintendent Beth Norcia sent out a message posted on the district's website, saying that even though the children were symptom-free and were not coming from an infected area, their parents had decided to keep the children home this week.
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October 13, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
AS PRINCIPAL of Universal Bluford Charter School, Crystal Gary-Nelson saw about 6 percent of her students missing daily last year. That's a pretty low number, but one she wants to improve upon. The issue, she said, was not so much truancy, but sickness. "For us, if I can just keep my scholars in school healthy, that's a bonus for us," the second-year principal said. One of the problems is "kids being sick for a prolonged period of time and it going untreated. " To help address the issue, the West Philadelphia school and the seven other schools run by Universal Companies now have a full-scale health center, a hybrid between a school nurse and a doctor's office.
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