City Council holds hearing on trying to end school nurse shortage in the Bronx

Members of the City Council held a hearing Monday to discuss a bill that looks to put a full-time nurse in all schools both public and private.

St. Brendan's School is just one of many Bronx schools without a full-time nurse because of budget cuts. The school's principal said on one occasion 911 had to be called because a student was having an asthma attack and the part-time nurse was not on duty.

Recently Mayor Bloomberg earmarked $8 million to hire more full-timenurses in private and parochial schools. But some City Council members say it still leaves nearly 200 city schools without a nurse. One City Council member says money also needs to go towards putting nurses in all public schools as well as summer schools.

The City Council is expected to vote on the full-time nurse bill in two weeks.

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