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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
December 18, 1995 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Marion Johnson Heitman, 80, a retired school nurse and former resident of Willow Grove and Horsham, died Wednesday at her home in Langhorne. Mrs. Heitman was born in Abington and graduated from Abington High School in 1933. She graduated from Abington Memorial Hospital's School of Nursing in 1938 and in 1963 earned a degree from what is now West Chester University. She resided for many years in Willow Grove and in Horsham before moving to Langhorne three years ago. In 1975, Mrs. Heitman retired after 18 years as a nurse for the Upper Moreland School District.
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NEWS
October 21, 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.
SPORTS
October 11, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
Quinn Collins knew it was important to give Jimmy Reardon some advice. Collins is the Delsea football team's starting quarterback. Jimmy is a 7-year-old who lives in Franklinville and is a big fan of the Crusaders. But Collins' message didn't have anything to do with football or sports. It was more important than that. "He's so young, I just wanted him to know that there was nothing he couldn't do," Collins said. "People have said that to me, and I wanted to make sure he heard that from me. " Collins, a junior, has Type 1 diabetes.
NEWS
September 30, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
With three weeks to go before Moorestown's second annual Sean Fischel 5K Run, Kim Fischel stepped to a bookshelf in her home and took down a glass-sided box. Inside was a pair of small, gray-and-orange running shoes. Even empty, they suggested energy and play, as though waiting for a little boy to fill them. "Sean learned to tie his shoes on these," Fischel said as three of her friends leaned forward in their chairs to study this memento of Sean, who died last year at 7. The room fell silent.
NEWS
September 26, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
BACK IN 1946, when Marguerite Lewis decided she wanted to be a nurse, opportunities to train African-Americans in the profession were severely limited. Not to be denied, she traveled to the Bronx, N.Y., to attend the Lincoln School for Nurses, founded in 1898 to train black women to become nurses. It was located on the grounds of the Society for the Relief of Worthy Indigent Colored Persons. From 1900 to 1961, when it graduated its last class, the school had trained a total of 1,864 women nurses.
NEWS
September 19, 2014 | By Joe Dolinsky, Inquirer Staff Writer
Marguerite L. Johnson, 85, of the Carroll Park section of West Philadelphia, a nurse-practitioner who worked in city schools for 22 years, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, at ManorCare Health Services-Yeadon of a heart condition. Offering comfort and care to all who came through her office, Mrs. Johnson held a number of posts in Philadelphia and New York throughout her 43-year nursing career. A Philadelphia native, Mrs. Johnson went to New York after her high school graduation in 1946 to attend the Lincoln School for Nurses in the Bronx, which was founded in 1898 to train black women to become nurses.
NEWS
September 10, 2014 | By Joe Dolinsky, Inquirer Staff Writer
As the Philadelphia School District began the academic year Monday amid budgetary uncertainty, a proposal to fund the addition of nurses in schools that need them was being presented at 30th Street Station. U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. (D., Pa.), a cosponsor of the bill, said the NURSE Act - Nurses for Under-Resourced Schools Everywhere - calls for implementation of competitive grant programs to reduce the ratio of students to nurses throughout the United States. According to the bill, districts where the ratio is greater than 750-1 would be eligible to apply for grants.
NEWS
July 25, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lorraine E. Piccone, 79, a nurse and resident of Upper Darby and later, Broomall, died Friday, July 18, of septic shock at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. Work and family were top priorities for Mrs. Piccone, whose maiden name was Shelzi. A talented and dedicated nurse, she graduated from Notre Dame Academy in Moylan and pursued her nursing studies and training at Pennsylvania Hospital Nursing School. She spent many years administering long-term care at Little Flower Manor and St. Francis Country House, Catholic nursing facilities in Darby Borough.
NEWS
July 13, 2014 | By Lydia O'Neal, Inquirer Staff Writer
In an attempt to bridge the divide between teachers and lawmakers, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan posed questions to a group of educators in Center City on Friday while a few protesters gathered outside. Duncan, speaking before more than 120 members of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year at their conference at the Hilton DoubleTree Hotel, first addressed the city's education budget crisis. "First of all, I want to say one quick thing about the budget issues here in Philadelphia," he said.
NEWS
July 1, 2014 | STATE REP. BRIAN SIMS
  OVER THE PAST year and a half, I have walked the halls of Philadelphia schools and spoken with students of all ages. I have met with parents in community centers, cafeterias and gymnasiums to hear their worries and frustrations. I have heard from teachers who, day in and day out, go to work unsure if they will have enough paper for their students or worried that a child will have a medical emergency on a day when there is no school nurse available. For the past several years, we have found ourselves facing an unacceptable lack of state funding for schools.
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