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School nurses, stretched thin, focus on critical care

Thirty years ago, kids with cerebral palsy—a loss of certain motor functions caused by brain damage—rarely lived through their teenage years, let alone attended high school. Now, modern medicine allows them and other students with potentially life-threatening diseases to graduate and live well into adulthood. But these medical miracles also have gradually transformed school nurses’ offices from a warm place to get a bandage or ride out a headache to a modern-day care center.