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Hernando school nurses may have to take on extra duties

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BROOKSVILLE - Hernando County School District nurses might have to write health care plans in addition to their regular duties with no extra pay.

The proposal to add job duties to registered nurses in the district comes after a random Florida Department of Health audit found the language in the district's health insurance plans differed from that of the state, and posed liability concerns.

It can take between one hour and one day to complete a health insurance plan, according to district staff. The plans were previously completed by parents or guardians.

A majority of the school board's members said during a workshop Tuesday that the mandate was unfair to school nurses and to the students who benefitted from their services.

"It's not fair," said school board member Cynthia Moore. "I know three RN's at the schools that are going to resign. ... You're going to lose them."

School board member Dianne Bonfield said that, although registered nurses might work at more than one school, they do not receive mileage reimbursements for extra travel related to added labor since the mileage is incorporated in their annual pay.

"As one board member, I think it's very important we look into these salary schedules," Bonfield said. "This is the health and well being of our students, along with the fact that these folks are double-stepping with all the paperwork we have to do."

Bonfield added she does not know what salary increases the board could accommodate this year, and agreed with board member John Sweeney that the district's health care plans should align with those of the state.

The board will make revisions and/or take a possible vote at a later time.

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