Malicote said school nurse clinics are “ambulatory pediatric triage clinics” or a “point of entry into the medical system.”
Nurses make the initial assessment and decide whether children should see their primary care provider or not.
Nurse Tracy Brandenburg said nurses provide a level of comfort for teachers and staff by providing medical care for students.
“Let us worry about the health needs of the children,” Brandenburg said. “Teachers have enough responsibilities to worry about in the classroom.”
Sexton said sometimes, students visit her in the morning and say, “My mom wanted me to see you before school starts to see if I need to go to the doctor.”
Sometimes parents will call or send a note asking that a nurse check their child, she said.
Nurse Sherra Morgan said the team also provides care for teachers and staff.
“We take blood pressures, always answer medical questions; we are the health resource within our buildings,” Morgan said.
Nurses work to help reduce barriers that may interfere with the child attending school, including home visits and visits to primary care physicians with the families, so they all can be on the same page concerning that student’s health care needs.
The team of nurses is committed to supporting the health and well-being of each and every child, Carr said.
Echoing the words of former Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders, “You cannot educate a child who is not healthy, and you cannot keep a child healthy who is not educated,” Carr said.
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