Could PAs Replace the School Nurse in Philly?
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Kids in Philly schools with upset stomachs or headaches may soon be asking their teachers to see the PA.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Tom Knox, a Philadelphia politician, has proposed walk-in clinics staffed by PAs and NPs in each of the more than 290 district and charter schools in the city. City schools have not replaced more than 100 school nurses who retired or were laid off in recent years, and the district is hurting financially.

Knox thinks the district could make money with such clinics while improving access to healthcare and reducing absenteeism. Another advantage of school-based clinics is that parents do not have to leave work to take children to the doctor.

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