State facing shortage of school nurses

Mississippi is dealing with a shortage of nurses in public schools.

The national recommendation is one nurse for every 750 students. Mississippi has one nurse for every 1,800 students.

The Department of Education said the state is trying to address the shortage. The department has given $50,000 in grants to districts without nurses from the $3.7 million the state set aside for school nurses this year.

The director of health services for the Department of Education said if lawmakers continue funding at this rate, the state will reach the recommended student to nurse ratio in 10 years.