By Christina Sturdivant | Monday, October 20, 2014 | SOURCE: www.elevationdcmedia.com
This isn’t your mom’s school nurse; it’s a full medical center – in a high school. These school-based health centers are taking off in D.C. Here’s why that’s a good thing.
While a school nurse can hand out band-aids and Tylenol, Jason Beverly, a medical provider at Anacostia Senior High School, can prescribe and administer antibiotics, allergy meds and more.
Beverly is part of a movement in over 2,000 “school-based health centers” across the nation that aim to change medical care for school-aged youth. These centers, in several D.C. public high schools, provide a full range of health services from treatments for the common cold, headaches and asthma, administer vision and hearing screenings, and help students stay up to date on immunizations and physicals. Some centers even have full dental laboratories.
Forget what you remember about the school nurse – this is serious healthcare.
“We function as a full-service primary adolescent care clinic, so we augment the services that have been traditionally provided by the school nursing program,” says Beverly, family nurse practitioner and full-time healthcare provider at Anacostia Senior High School.