(Cleveland) - The 40th Annual Ohio Association of School Nurses Conference is underway in Cleveland. The started Friday and runs through Sunday. Nearly 200 delegates are attending the conference to examine a variety of issues.

OASN Executive Director Heidi Steiner says school nurses have seen a dramatic increase in the number of children coming to class with emotional problems. OASN President Kate King blames negative influences in society and the home including drug abuse, violence, poverty, and absent parents.

School nurses are also now expected to be on the first line when disasters occur, including shootings or other attacks.

(Photos by WTAM's Ken Robinson)

King and Steiner say school nurses are now dealing with budget cuts. King contends, when districts slash budgets the first to go are support staff, and that includes school nurses.

This at a time when more children are coming to school with complex health challenges like diabetes, asthma, and seizures.

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