School Nurses Save Money!

An exciting study was published in the Journal of American Medical Association entitled “Cost-Benefit Study of School Nursing Services”. The primary author, Li Yan Wang, has been working closely with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health School Health Unit to quantify the cost-savings of school health services delivered by school nurses. Using health services data from Boston and the other Essential School Health Service (ESHS) School Districts, it was demonstrated that having full-time school nurses resulted in tremendous cost savings!

In the 2009-2010 school year, the ESHS program generated a net $98.2 Million to society! For every $1 invested into the program, society gained $2.20. School nursing in these districts prevented an estimated:

  • $20 million in medical care costs,
  • $28.1 million in parents’ productivity loss
  • $129.1 million in teachers’ productivity loss

You can view a summary of the study by clicking the link below!
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/19/us-school-nurses-cost-idUSKBN0DZ1TW20140519