Emporia High School

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Health Services

Philosophy: The Emporia High School health services office goals are to provide safety and promote health and wellness through prevention, assessment, early intervention, treatment, accessing resources and the assistance with known health issues.  The philosophy is to provide for all students health and safety while supporting their academic success.

Health services are provided in a confidential, secure setting in accordance to HIPPA and FERPA regulations.  All visits to the health offices are documented and maintained in confidential health records.  In addition, a student’s physical exams, immunization records, dental cards, and other health information are maintained in the cumulative record.

Kathy Palafox, RN

Kathy Palafox, RN

EHS SCHOOL NURSE, RN- Registered nurse

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The registered nurse(RN) provides care to EHS students and staff who have been injured or have acute illness by using the nursing process to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate care for all students. The school nurse provides leadership for the provision of health services, promotes a healthy school environment, and acts as a liaison between school personnel, family, community, and health providers.  The RN also supervises and determines what tasks can be delegated to the LPNs and other staff that may provide medical care.

Janet Scheve, LPN

Janet Scheve, LPN

LPN- Licensed Practical Nurse

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The licensed practical nurse(LPN) assists the RN in duties as described above.  As outlined by the school nurse legislation (K.A.R. 60-15-101 through 104): LPNs practice under the RN’s supervision, and only if delegated and supervised by the RN, in all care provided except: administration of over the counter medications, approved skin care and approved tracheostomy care (these duties they may perform under their own scope of practice).

Services provided may include but are not limited to:

Assessment/screenings                                        Abuse assessment/reporting

Assault prevention/Intervention                             Human sexuality/Reproduction consultations

Communicable disease management                   Individualized nursing care plans

Drug/Substance abuse screenings                       Emergency care services

Social services for health needs                           Insurance information/consultation

Health teaching in the classroom                         Immunization management

Medication management                                      Medical referrals to other providers

Management of nursing care for special needs   Communicate with family/guardians

Empathetic therapeutic listening and crisis management (only by the RN)

For questions concerns or changes with your student please feel free to contact School Nurse Kathy Palafox at her email: kathy.palafox@usd253.net or call 620-341-2365 and ask for Kathy Palafox, EHS School Nurse.

FAQ

How can my student receive ibuprofen or acetaminophen during the school day?

Any and all students may have access to these over-the-counter medications as needed when the parent/guardian completes a new over-the-counter medication form for the current school year.  District policy asks for signed parent/guardian consent before any medication may be dispensed.  Please print the attached form, complete entirely, sign by a parent or guardian and return to the school nurse before medication may be administered.  This process protects you, your student and the school to ensure the right person, right medication, right dosage, right time and right route is performed.

May my student have access to other over-the-counter medications?

Yes, the same provisions apply as above but they family must provide the supply of the medication(s).

Do I have to have a doctor’s signature for the RN School Nurse or LPN to administer prescription medications?

Yes, and for over-the-counter medicines that are in prescription doses. Here’s the form to return back.

Do I have to have a doctor’s visit to get a signature for my student’s prescription medication?

Most likely, no.  If it is a medication that your local physician has already prescribed for your student simply complete the medication information,  parent/guardian information and signature, bring in the form along with the medication supply in the appropriate packaging, and the EHS health services offices will attempt to get the doctor’s signature for you via fax.  District policy asks for signed parent/guardian consent AND signed care provider’s consent for the medication to be administered.

How does the supply of medicine need to come into the building?

All medicines, whether they are Over-the-counter or prescription, need to be in the original bottle, with the medication name/dosage and the student’s first and last name clearly printed on the packaging.

Will you give some medicine to my student’s coach for away trips?

For your student’s safety and for our accuracy, the health services offices does not dispense medications for use outside of the school day.

My student has asthma, diabetes, or anaphylaxis allergic reactions, may they carry their emergency medications/supplies?

Any and all students may carry their emergency medications and/or supplies (ie. inhalers, epi pens, benadryl for anaphylaxis emergencies, insulin, glucose meters, glucagon, snacks, etc.)if they have a new doctor’s order signed as emergency medications or supplies every school year.

May my student carry their own over-the-counter and/or prescription medications?

No (unless they are pre-approved and doctor approved emergency medications), ALL medications must be kept in the health services offices.  For the safety of your student and all students, it is against school policy to carry medications on your person or in your possessions.

What do I do if my student has a doctor’s note about physical restrictions from class(es), activities and/or athletics?

Please start all doctor’s or primary care provider’s communication in the health services office.  We will provide the information to the people who need to know, while maintaining the student’s privacy and safety.  This communication will be added to the student’s health file for safety and reference if the student or family need it available.

What do I do if I think my student may have sustained a concussion or head injury?

Please contact your student’s physician immediately.  See the school nurse for the concussion care plan to present to your care provider to assist EHS in assisting your student in managing their diagnosis during the school day and for athletics/extracurricular activities.

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