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HOUSTON, TX (July13,
In any given day, Margaret Vasquez, MS, RN, CPNP, and Lisa Kimmey-Walker, MSN, RN, CPNP, see a wide variety of pediatric cases in their role as nurse practitioners in the Houston-based Memorial Hermann Health Centers for Schools program in Houston, Texas.
Launched in 1996, the program added three new school clinics and a third mobile dental van to its growing roster of clinics. The program now has 10 school clinics in five school districts including Houston and Lamar. There is no fee to students enrolled in the school districts, although they do need parental consent to be seen.
The Memorial Hermann nurses work in collaboration with each school's own dedicated site nurse, who refers more serious cases that go beyond scrapes and falls to the nurse practitioners at the school clinic.
“The nurses who work for the school district can't diagnose or prescribe, so they triage students, sending cases to us, or in the event of an emergency, they call for an ambulance,” Kimmey-Walker said. “Our goal is twofold: to help students stay healthy and in class.”