SCHOOL NURSES: Bill To Inform Parents of Nurse Availability Vetoed
Gov. Pete Wilson yesterday vetoed a bill that would have required schools to notify parents when a school nurse would not be present for at least two days per week. Gov. Wilson said he opposed the measure because it would impose an "unnecessary burden" on the schools, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. He emphasized that "the availability of trained medical personnel to a school is an issue best addressed by local governing boards." Those in favor of the bill, however, said "hundreds of California schools are without nurses," and that with many uninsured children in the state, a school nurse may be their only "source of medical attention." Proponents of the bill include the American Nurses Association, the California PTA and teachers' unions (7/14).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.