School nurse denied inhaler to student Michael Rudi while he was suffering an asthma attack. She refused to even call 911! She neglected and endangered this child.
While at school, 17 year old student Michael Rudi suffered an asthma attack. Earlier in the day, his rescue inhaler had been confiscated from him by school staff. Because the proper paperwork had not been signed, school nurse Shamhia Johnson refused to allow Michael access to his life-saving medication. Further, she did not call 911 when he was in obvious distress even to the point of collapsing to the ground. She was grossly negligent in the care of this student, whose life was endangered because of her choice to callously ignore his condition. She did not properly assess the situation or his health, nor did she alert emergency services.
We owe it to our children to ensure that when they go to school, they are safe, they are cared for and they will receive lifesaving treatment if they need it.
A school nurse's primary job is to ensure the health and safety for all students, and to call for emergency help if the situation warrants it. Asthma attacks are serious medical emergencies by definition. Annually they account for 484,000 hospitalizations and 1.9 million emergency department visits. Approximately 4,000 Americans die every year from asthma.
Please take a stand for our children. Don't let this nurse continue to be the one in charge of their health and welfare. She has demonstrated that she either doesn't have the empathy to help, or doesn't have sufficient education to know when it is needed.
- Volusia County School Board, Florida Department of Health Nursing Board
I'm signing below to express my deep concern regarding Deltona High School student Michael Rudi and the school nurse who denied his access to basic medical care.
Asthma can be a serious and deadly condition. Further, the longer an asthma attack persists, the more difficult it can be to treat. The situation can become out of control very quickly - just ask the families of the over 4,000 Americans who die annually from the condition. Shamhia Johnson, LPN, should have recognized the situation and at minimum followed protocol to call 911. She is a liability to your school district, and a danger to our children.
Protection of our children's lives should be of utmost concern to you, as it is to all of us. Please do the right thing and ensure that this will never happen again.
Volusia County School Board, please terminate the employment of Ms. Johnson as school nurse.
Florida DOH, please revoke Ms. Johnson's license to practice nursing on the grounds of patient neglect.
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