Health Clinic @ NEHS
MON: 8am- 4pm
Closed on no-school days
Nancy Ehlers, Health Clerk 541-790-4445 email@example.com
Tricia Schroffner 541-790-4527 firstname.lastname@example.org
Carol Matney, Nurse Practitioner 541-790-4445 email@example.com
Debbie Johnson, School Nurse 541-790-4526 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Oldham, Mental Health Specialist 541-790-4445/4463 email@example.com
District 4J operates a school-based health center at North Eugene High School. The center is staffed with a school nurse, health clerk, a nurse practitioner, and a mental health therapist.
The nurse practitioner can prescribe and treat acute and chronic illness. Physicals and immunizations are also available, as are mental health services from mental health therapists.
Here are some examples of services we can provide:
• Well-child exams
• Physicals for sports or camps
• Assessment / treatment of acute illness
• Assessment / treatment for chronic conditions such as asthma
• Women’s health care exams
• Diagnostic tests/X-rays
• Mental health assessment and services
• Health education
We also work closely with the Guidance and Counseling Department
Costs & Eligibility
Services available to 4J students residing in the NEHS region and their siblings aged birth to 19 years old. The clinic offers free or low cost health care to families with no health insurance. We can also bill OHP and other private insurance companies.
Confidentiality and Reporting
The student is the client. Services provided to students in the health center are confidential with the exception of situations where safety is an issue. Parents are notified of care given when the student is unsafe to self or others (including suicide threats, high levels of drug or alcohol abuse, eating disorders etc.) or with the student’s permission. We encourage students to communicate with parents regarding their health care, their health concerns, and other situations. The focus is on empowering students to practice healthy lifestyles. All public employees are required to report suspected abuse regardless of when it happens.
What is a Nurse Practitioner?
A nurse practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse with advanced academic and clinical experience, which enables him or her to diagnose and manage most common and many chronic illnesses, either independently or as part of a health care team. A nurse practitioner provides some care previously offered only by physicians and in most states has the ability to prescribe medications. Working in collaboration with a physician, a nurse practitioner provides high-quality, cost-effective and individualized care for the lifespan of patient’s special needs.
NPs focus largely on health maintenance, disease prevention, counseling and patient education in a wide variety of settings. With a strong emphasis on primary care, nurse practitioners are employed within several specialties, including neonatology, nurse-midwifery, pediatrics, school health, family and adult health, women’s health, mental health, home care, geriatrics and acute care.
Nurse practitioners are educated through programs that grant either a certificate or a master’s degree. A registered nurse is recommended to have extensive clinical experience before applying to a nurse practitioner program. An intensive apprenticeship under the direct supervision of a physician or an experienced nurse practitioner, as well as instruction in nursing theory, are key components to most NP programs.
Lastly, the scope of an NP’s practice varies depending upon each state’s regulations. Unnecessary obstacles to an NP’s practice contribute to the rising costs and inaccessibility of health care for all Americans.