Health Specialist: Mary Hess, RN, BSN, NCSN
Fort Wayne Community Schools Health Services
1200 South Barr Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Supporting Academic Achievement by Promoting Health And Safety
The Fort Wayne Community School's Health Services staff supports student achievement by implementing strategies that promote student and staff health and safety.
FWCS's twenty registered school nurses work in partnership with Parkview Community Health Improvement Initiative registered nurses to provide access to appropriate health care for students and their families. School nurses provide the connecting link between families, health care providers, school staff, and community resources.
School nursing interventions with students who have acute and/or chronic health concerns improve student health and provide a positive impact on school achievement and success. School nurses assist students to develop the skills necessary for successful self management.
School nurses provide health promotion, disease prevention education and activities for students, staff and families. While supporting goals to maintain optimal health and encouraging attitudes conducive to life long positive health practices, school nurses effectively impact the community as a whole.
Parkview Hospital Community Nursing Initiative
In December of 1996 Parkview Hospital became committed to a partnership with Fort Wayne Community Schools, recognizing that healthy children are better learners. Parkview has improved the health and well being of children most in need in our community by providing school-based registered nurses and specialists who provide direct care and consultation. This school year Parkview Hospital will provide five school-based registered nurses, along with a full-time certified diabetes nurse educator, a part-time asthma nurse educator, and part-time registered respiratory therapist.
Parkview has improved our ability to respond in an emergency by donating twelve Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to our school district and by encouraging CPR and First Aid training for our staff by educating and supporting our school nurse instructors.
Parkview has shown community leadership by implementing a variety of health initiatives. Whether facilitating the administration of flu mist to students in our Title I elementary schools or providing Laboratory Health Fairs to our staff, Parkview has made a difference to those who work and learn in Fort Wayne Community Schools.