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State School Nurse Consultant

Local Address: Jackson, Mississippi, United States
Mississippi Department of Education
700 South Industrial Way
Seattle , Washington 98108
United States

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Employment History


  • MSN
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Web References
Staff Directory: Mississippi Office of Healthy Schools, 2 Aug 2013 [cached]
Estelle Watts, Division Director
MS Nurses Foundation » Contact MNF, 6 May 2014 [cached]
Estelle Watts, RN, MSN, NCSN
One reason is that many school ..., 18 Nov 2014 [cached]
One reason is that many school districts decide they simply can't afford to have a nurse, said Estelle Watts, the state's school nurse consultant for the Mississippi Office of Healthy Schools.
Employing a school nurse often comes down to funding decisions by individual districts and how they budget the little money they have. Since 1997, the state has only fully funded schools twice, which means cash-strapped districts have had to cut teachers and skimp on supplies at a time when they are also expected to upgrade technology for new, online exams rolling out this spring.
"It is really dependent on the priorities that the district sets, because there's no funding," Watts said. There's also no mandate in Mississippi that requires a district employ a school nurse, she added.
One big problem with teen pregnancy ... [cached]
One big problem with teen pregnancy is four-fifths of teens who become parents don't finish school, said Estelle Watts, a director for the Office of Healthy Schools at the state Department of Education.
This past week, school nurses heard from a speaker regarding teen pregnancy and sexually transmittable diseases who "empowered them to go and make a difference," Watts said. "We're not just focusing on abstinence only; we're giving them information so they can make an informed decision for the school district."
By July, school districts in Mississippi have to decide whether to adopt an "abstinence only" or "abstinence plus" program for students.
Watts said a statewide survey being done this fall will help shed light on what parents think. "It's going to be good information on giving direction to school districts," she said.
Estelle Watts, State School ..., 1 Oct 2010 [cached]
Estelle Watts, State School Nurse Consultant with the Mississippi Department of Education, said allowing students who have asthma to administer medications to themselves while at school is going to significantly improve their focus instead of them having to deal with breathing problems throughout their school day. "In a recent national analysis of health factors affecting the achievement gap in schools, asthma was identified as one of the six educationally relevant health disparities," Watts said.
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