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Hawaii Keiki Nurses work at all levels with the school to provide direct services to students, with the Complex Area Superintendent and principals to meet the needs of the local community, and with the Office of the DOE superintendant to build bridges to public and private health-related organizations.
 
What School Nurses Do
School nurses provide health services that can improve a student’s school attendance, learning and the overall health and effectiveness of the school. School nursing is a specialty within nursing that requires expertise in child health and development and passing an examination to be nationally certified. School nurses screen students for a variety of conditions that impact learning, including vision, hearing and developmental conditions. They provide episodic care, manage chronic conditions, track communicable diseases, promote healthy behaviors, connect children with insurance and health-care providers, and handle emergencies.
 
School nurses perform health and safety assessment including administering medications and being first responders to injured students or those who suffer from seizures. Monitoring and attending to students with asthma, diabetes and seizures significantly decreases the number of days they miss from school. 
 
The Hawaiʻi Keiki program improves our students’ chances to be successful in school by: 
  • Working with individual schools to understand and address local keiki health needs.
  • Serving as an expert resource in school health to teachers and principals.
  • Reducing health-related absenteeism.
  • Identifying and preventing the spread of communicable diseases.
  • Providing referrals for additional services and emergency care.
 
School Nurses Don’t Help Just Students
A school nurse returns time to teachers, principals and staff by addressing a child’s health concerns. Before Milwaukee hired school nurses, school staff reported spending an average of 13 hours a day per school on health concerns at an estimated annual cost of $133,000 in salary and fringe benefits, almost twice the cost of hiring a nurse.
 
School Nurses Provide a Return on Investment
In 2014, Massachusetts showed a $2.20 cost benefit for every $1 spent on school-based nursing services.
 
When the Milwaukee Public Schools placed additional RNs in 27 of its schools with a ratio of 1:750 in mind, impressive gains were made in immunization rates, identification of asthma and life-threatening conditions, the number of vision screenings, and educational time restored to teachers and others who previously handled health issues. 
 
A study in North Carolina, where nurse/student ratios ranged from 1:451 to 1:7440 found that services to children with diabetes, asthma, injuries and conditions such as depression or unintended pregnancy grew as ratios improved. Follow-up after vision screenings also improved markedly.
 
The Hawaiʻi Keiki program brings certified school nurses into the educational environment and helps overall school success by:
  • School nurses improve student attendance through prevention and management of communicable diseases like measles, colds and flu.
  • Access to school nurses improves academics because healthy students are better able to learn.
  • Principals, teachers and staff can focus on teaching.

 

Contact

Oahu
Melissa Owens, MSN, APRN-Rx, NP-C
Family Nurse Practitioner
 
Farrington-Kaiser-Kalani Complex Area 
Dole Middle School 

Phone: (808) 286-8124
mowens@ucera.org

Arika Benjamin, MSN, APRN-Rx, NP-C, NCSN*
Family Nurse Practitioner
 
Kaimuki-McKinley-Roosevelt Complex Area
Central Middle School
Phone: (808) 285-2220
 
*National Certified School Nurse (NCSN)
Lisa H. Jacquet, MSN, APRN-Rx, NP-C
Family Nurse Practitioner

Castle-Kahuku Complex Area
Castle High School
Phone: (808) 271-0353
ljacquet@ucera.org
Elicia Lujan, MSN, APRN-Rx, FNP-BC
Family Nurse Practitioner
 
Pearl City-Waipahu Complex Area 
Waipahu High School 
Phone: (808) 285-0460
Jazzmina Moore, MSN, APRN-Rx, FNP-BC
Family Nurse Practitioner
 
Kailua-Kālaheo Complex Area
Kailua Elementary School
Phone: (808) 286-0350
Maria Juliet Pineda, MSN, APRN-Rx, FNP-BC
Family Nurse Practitioner
 
Campbell-Kapolei Complex Area
Barbers Point Elementary School
Phone: (808) 861-6834
Adeline Kline, MSN, APRN-Rx, FNP-BC
Family Nurse Practitioner

Aiea-Moanalua-Radford Complex Area
Aiea Intermediate School
Phone: (808) 861-6837
akline@ucera.org

Kailene Oliveros, MSN, APRN-Rx, NP-C
Family Nurse Practitioner

Leilehua-Mililani-Waialua Complex Area
Wahiawa Middle School
Phone: (808) 861-6839
koliveros@ucera.org

Christine Prentice, BSN, RN-BC
Registered Nurse

Nānākuli-Waiʻanae Complex Area
Waianae Elementary School & Maili Elementary School
Phone: (808) 465-5648
Shana Ah Hee, BSN, RN
Registered Nurse
 
Nānākuli-Waiʻanae Complex Area
Makaha Elementary School & Leihoku Elementary School
Phone: (808) 439-1307
Adele Mier, BSN, RN
Registered Nurse
 
Nānākuli-Waiʻanae Complex Area
Nānākuli Elementary School
Phone: (808) 465-5549
Nānākuli-Waiʻanae Complex Area
APRN Position In Recruitment
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Kaua'i

Danielle Doo, MSN, RN, CDE, NCSN*
Registered Nurse
 
Kāpaʻa-Kauaʻi-Waimea Complex Area
Wilcox Elementary School
Phone: (808) 353-1700
 
*National Certified School Nurse (NCSN)
Hawai'i Island
Zoë Shih, MSN, APRN-Rx, FNP-BC, NCSN*, RD
Senior APRN & Family Nurse Practitioner
 

Kaʻu-Keaʻau-Pāhoa Complex Area

Mountain View Elementary School 
Phone: (808) 464-5148
 
*National Certified School Nurse (NCSN)
Allison Hitchner, MSN, APRN-Rx, FNP-BC
Family Nurse Practitioner
 
Honokaʻa-Kealakehe-Kohala-Konawaena Complex Area
Konawaena Elementary School
Phone: (808) 861-6836
Hilo-Waiakea Complex Area
APRN Position In Recruitment
Maui

Hana-Lahainaluna-Lanai-Molokai Complex Area
APRN Position In Recruitment

Baldwin-Kekaulike-Maui Complex Area
APRN Position In Recruitment

 

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