District of Columbia Nurses Association Applauds the Passage of 40-Hour School Nursing Coverage Legislation

Washington, DC - January 8, 2018-
The District of Columbia Nurses Association (DCNA) applauds the recent passage of the Pubic School Health Services Amendment Act of 2017. The law ensures that a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse is in every school for 40 hours a week.

40-hour school nursing coverage in every school will protect and improve the outcomes for the children in the District of Columbia Public Schools. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, 15-18% of American students have chronic health conditions. Studies provided by the National Association of School Nurses reveal that school nurses improve the school system by decreasing chronic absenteeism, improving outcomes for students with chronic health conditions, increasing immunization compliance and raising retention rates for students with mental health conditions. Katrena Clark, School Nurse and Vice President of DCNA, states "our fight was for the safety of our children and the promotion for optimal health without compromising their health conditions. Our movement was successful and the children I care for in Ward 8 will reap the benefits that every child deserves."

DCNA is committed to fully funding 40-hour school nursing coverage and will advocate for $30 million for the school nursing program during the upcoming budget hearings. A full financial investment in 40-hour school nursing coverage will be cost beneficial for the District.  A recent study has proven that 40-hour school nursing coverage can save in medical procedure costs, teacher's productivity loss, costs associated with addressing student health issues and medical administration.

DCNA is a full-service professional organization and labor union solely dedicated to representing health care professionals in the District of Columbia.  With over 2,000 members, DCNA advances the health care profession by fostering high standards of practice, promoting the economic and general welfare of employees in the workplace and lobbying District officials regarding health care issues.  DCNA represents over 150 Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses employed by Children's School Services.

Walakewon Blegay, Esq., Staff Attorney
(202) 425-5901


The District of Columbia Nurses Association (DCNA) is the professional organization for registered nurses who live and/or work in the District. DCNA is affiliated with National Nurses United, American Federation of Labor - Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and the Washington Metropolitan Council.

DCNA negotiates contracts that make sure nurses’ pay is competitive and commensurate with experience, years of service, responsibility, autonomy, and education. DCNA contracts provide guaranteed benefits, equitable policies, fair representation, job security, and practical solutions to everyday workplace problems affecting the professional lives of nurses.

DCNA encourages its members to get involved in leadership roles at the local and national level. Within the DCNA framework, nurses gain experience as volunteer lobbyists, media spokespersons, union advocates, and community activists.

Click here to view the December 2017 DCNA Newsletter.  For previous editions of the Newsletter, click here.

DCNA is located at:
5100 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Suite 306
Washington DC 20016
Telephone: 202.244.2705
Fax: 202.362.8285
email: info@dcna.org

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