AVON, Ind. – A partnership between a local school society and a hospital makes the two work together. Nurses who work in Avon Community Schools are employed by Hendricks Regional Health.
Before Tracy Teipen became a registered nurse, she wanted to be a teacher. Now it’s the best of both worlds for her at Avon Schools.
âI’ve always been in pediatrics in the hospital,â she shared, âIt’s kind of the perfect scenario.
Avon’s 14 full-time school nurses and 13 sub-nurses are registered and employed by Hendricks Regional Health. The partnership gives nurses, like Teipen, a level of training and knowledge on how to deal with everyday illnesses, like a sore throat or fever, to treat a child with chronic illnesses, mental health and, well. sure, pandemic.
âNothing else was suspended when COVID happened, for none of us here at school,â Teipen explained.
âI can’t imagine navigating a pandemic as a school district without this partnership in place,â said Scott Wyndham, the superintendent of community schools for Avon.
For Wyndham, having health professionals in school every day has been a big help while navigating COVID-19 counseling, cases and quarantines.
âWe try to be as responsive as possible to make sure we can keep the school in person and keep the school open and our students and staff healthy,â Wyndham added.
The partnership with Hendricks Regional Health goes beyond the school clinic. Some nurses volunteer their time on weekends and during school vacations.
“We have nurses who have clinical training in obstetrics, so they will come to work in our neonatal intensive care unit or we have some who are cross-trained in our high volume fields since the pandemic,” said Jennifer Foltz, director of nursing at school. Hendricks Regional Health, âWe can call on anyone at any time and there is no hesitation in stepping in and supporting our students. “
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âWe’re all in it, we have a relationship with them. They depend on us and we depend on them and we make decisions together, âsaid Yvonne Culpepper, head nurse for Hendricks Regional Health.
Teipen added, “We are doing our best to keep everyone safe and healthy.”
This is the 11th year of the partnership between Avon Community School and Hendricks Regional Health.
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