Health Services

  • Your school nurses are the first line of primary care for our students at APW and they are responsible for every child in the APW district! Each of our nurses contribute their own strengths to APW’s Health Services program. Their collaboration provides a continuity of care from the home to the classroom in order to keep children in school. 

    What are the Differences between the School Based Health Clinic and our School Nurse?

    School Nurses:

    • Screen for barriers to learning; vision, hearing
    • Triage and treat accidents and illnesses for entire school population
    • Administer medication and manage chronic illnesses
    • Responsible for day-to-day management of entire school population’s health; salaried through education system
    • Enhance students’ health and academic outcomes; and overall well-being.
    • Reduce emergency room visits and hospitalizations.

    SBHC:

    • Provide primary care and treatment for clinic enrolled students, offer physical exams and sports physicals
    • Prescribe medications
    • Staff is sponsored by for-profit community health center funded by public and private insurance  

    When should a student visit the SBHC?
    Your school nurse will refer clinic enrolled students to the SBHC based on her assessment of a student's complaint or for a scheduled physical exam. 

    “The primary role of the school nurse is to support student learning.” National Association of School Nurses

     

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