North Eugene Health Center

Contact Info

Kathleen Ybanez Health Assistant 541-790-4445
Tricia Schroffner Nurse Practitioner 541-790-4445


District 4J operates a school-based health center at North Eugene High School. The center is staffed with a health assistant, a nurse practitioner, and mental health therapists from Lane County Behavioral Health.

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
• Immunizations
• 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 low cost or free 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.

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 master’s degree or doctorate. A registered nurse is recommended to have 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.

School Nurse

Debbie Johnson RN is the school nurse at North Eugene High School. She is available to meet with students and parents about any health or mental health issue that could impact the student’s school day. This includes those students who have illnesses or injuries that may need medication or assistance. If needed, the school nurse will create an individualized health plan to support the student while at school.

The school nurse is a resource to students and families who are wanting to find low cost or no cost health, dental, vision and mental health care in the Eugene area.


Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 8:00 am-4:00 pm

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Student Medication

Students who may need emergency medication, such as epinephrine or glucagon, at school may carry it with them with parent/guardian written permission* and administrator/nurse permission.

High school students may carry one day’s dose of over the counter and most prescription medications while at school, if the student has parent/guardian written permission*, administrator/ nurse permission and has a history of managing the medication responsibly.   Prescription medications that are sedating, such as strong pain relievers, are discouraged from being carried or taken at school

Parents/guardians of students who wish to keep their medication at school and be administered by school staff must arrange that with the school nurse or school secretary*.

*Medication Authorization/Permission forms are available from the school nurse and on line.

 Authorization for Medication


Every February the Oregon Health Division does a statewide review of immunizations of all students in Oregon. Those students whose immunizations are not complete or up to date by state standards will receive an exclusion notice in the mail from the health department, instructing the student to show proof of immunization to the needed vaccine/s or to have a completed immunization exemption form on file at school before the exclusion date. If one of these things is not done before the exclusion day, the student will be excluded from school until the necessary proof/form is received at school.

In order to provide parents with information to protect their children’s health, Oregon State Law now requires schools to report the rate of immunization exemptions. North Eugene High School has a Nonmedical exemption rate of 3% for the January 2015 reporting period.