262957 Integrating primary care with school nursing

Monday, October 29, 2012

Nancy L. Rothman, EdD, RN , Department of Nursing, College of Health Professions & Social Work, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Tine Hansen Turton, MG, JD , National Nursing Centers Consortium, Philadelphia, PA
Molly Porth, BA , Education-Plus, Inc., Philadelphia, PA
Elizabeth Polizzi, PhD , Education-Plus, Inc., Plymouth Meeting, PA
Nicholas Torres, MEd , Education-Plus, Inc., Philadelphia, PA
Nurse-managed school health clinics provides quality health care to medically underserved students where they should be: in school. This is a collaborative project with representation from the National Nursing Centers Consortium, Education-Plus, Inc. and the Department of Nursing, College of Health Professions and Social Work, Temple University. The collaborative is operates two school-based wellness centers in Philadelphia charter schools and seeks to expand the model. Evaluation of the model addresses chronic disease, holistic primary and preventive care. Improvement has been noted in school attendance and health outcomes, as well as decreased use of the Emergency Room. The model combines the roles of school nurse and pediatric or family nurse practitioner primary care provider. The certified registered nurse practitioners have prescriptive authority and communicate with the child's primary care provider to share the enhanced services they have and/or can provide for the child during the school day.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Chronic disease management and prevention
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related nursing
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Evaluate the evidence from two charter schools that integrate primary care and school nursing.

Keywords: Primary Care, School-Based Health Care

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the doctorally prepared Independence Foundation Professor of Urban Community Nursing and Director, Community-based Practices at Temple University School of Nursing. I have overseen the implementation and evaluation of this project of integrating primary care into school nursing at two charter schools. I have authored multiple publications in peer reviewed journals on health and prevention. I led urban nurse-managed health centers where nurse practitioners and various health disciplines cared for insured and uninsured populations.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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