A student was referred to the School Based Health Center (SBHC) by the school nurse for concern for pink eye. The student had consent on file with the SBHC. After the child was seen by the nurse practitioner and determined not to be contagious but rather an allergic presentation, the child was able to go back to class. The parent was notified of visit. The plan of care was discussed to help reduce exposure to allergens in the home and medication was prescribed to help prevent future problems. The parents were very thankful to have health care services available in the school so they did not have to leave work and that the child could remain in school because he was not contagious. If the SBHC had not been there, he would have been sent home and missed school, the parents would have had to miss time at work.
– Elena Roach