During the 2013-2014 school year, Dell Children’s Medical Center entered into its 18th year of providing school nurses and health assistants at Austin ISD schools. This innovative model uses a registered nurse and school health assistant who work together to provide health related services to over 85,000 students attending 124 schools. School nurses and health assistants have immediate access and support from centrally based nurse managers, a nurse director, a physician medical director, and if needed, additional resources of a tertiary care pediatric medical center and the many clinical specialists who are affiliated with Dell Children’s Medical Center.

Key Accomplishments for 2013-2014 include:

  1. As a result of 1115 Medicaid Delivery System Reform (DSRIP) projects, Seton continues its partnership with AISD to provide 7 Campus Based Counseling Referral Centers (CBCRCs) at Akins, Austin, Bedichek, Burnet, Crockett, Dobie, Reagan, and Travis. The CBCRCs deliver school based behavioral health services including psychotherapy, psychiatric assessment, and other individual and group classroom based behavioral skills training and mental health awareness education sessions to children and adolescents in the school setting.
  2. Continue collaboration with Seton Shoal Creek and Seton Mind Institute to facilitate the continuum of care for AISD students hospitalized at Seton Shoal Creek by obtaining discharge information to ensure students have safe return to school as well as establish safety plan for school setting.
  3. Ongoing partnership with Travis County Medical Society, Dell Children’s Medical Center, Austin ISD and other community partners to provide over 800 sports physicals to student who have been identified as having limited access to health care.
  4. Continue partnership with AISD, SHS, Dell Children’s-Specially for Children to update “AISD Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Plan” which exceeds the requirements of House Bill 27, by placing at a minimum of 3 anaphylaxis awareness and response posters at each school as well as increasing education to AISD staff regarding the recognition and response for an anaphylaxis reaction.
  5. Partnered with Dell Children’s and Essilor Foundation to implement a mobile vision van, “Kids Vision for Life Vision Van,” which travels to identify schools to provide free eye exams and glasses.
  6. Provided the following educational offerings to School Nurses and Health Assistants:
    1. “The Makings of a Great Health Team” by Jennifer Gregg, RN and Gloria Smith, School Health Assistant
    2. “Improving Customer Service” by Carla Wade, Patient Representative Senior, Dell Children’s
    3. “Auvi-Qand Allergic/Anaphylaxis Reactions” by Anne Cady, RN, and Destiny Studzinski, RN
    4. “Non-Suicidal Self-Injury” by Melissa Acosta, Behavioral Health Specialist, AISD
    5. “Splints and Things” by Alberto Perez, ED Tech, University Medical Center Brackenridge
    6. “Sensory Processing Disorder” by Kim Wirth, BSN, Dell Children’s
    7. “Non-Suicidal Self-Injury: Fundamental Knowledge and Effective Provider Response” by Sarah Faehnel Mast, LCSW, and Alexandra Allin, LMSW, Seton Mind Institute
    8. “Epilepsy Basics” by Dr. Dave Clark, Director, Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, Dell Children’s
    9. “Child Abuse Identification and Reporting for Mandated Reporters” by Kate Kyquist, Education Coordinator for the Center for child Protection.
    10. “Youth Mental Health First Aid” by Patty Adams, RN.
    11. “Synthetic Drug Abuse” by Sharon Pierce, Executive Assistant United States Attorney, Western District of Texas
  7. Sally Freeman presented an overview of the Dell Children’s/AISD Student Health Services model to the National Collaborative on Health and Education in Washington, DC in August 2014. The Dell Children’s/AISD Student Health Services program was identified as an innovative model in which health care and education have successfully partnered for over 18 years.
  8. Dell Children’s Medical Center continued its gift of providing web-based HealthTeacher curriculum to Austin School District for the third year.
  9. Fifteen AISD School Nurses maintained their certification as a Nationally Certified School Nurse.

Children’s/AISD Student Health Services aligns with the mission, vision, values and goals of AISD, and wants all students to be fit, healthy and ready to learn!

Student Health Services Summary

Children’s/AISD Student Health Services (SHS) is a collaboration that began in 1996. The Seton Healthcare Family contracts with the Austin Independent School District (AISD) for the provision of student health services. SHS staff, including Registered Nurses and School Health Assistants, Clinical Managers, and the Director and Medical Director, are employees of Seton Healthcare Family/Dell Children’s Medical Center. The Quality Improvement Consultant is contracted with Seton Healthcare Family. Each campus has a Registered Nurse who functions as the leader and coordinator of the student health services team. The District contact for SHS is the AISD Assistant Director of Comprehensive Health Services. The focus of services is on wellness/health promotion/prevention, and the elimination of non-educational barriers to learning.

Congruent with AISD’s promotion of national accreditation for teachers, RNs pursue national accreditation in nursing through the National Board for Certification of School Nurses.