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Pasadena ISD establishes agreement with area university nursing programs

Pasadena ISD establishes agreement with area university nursing programs
Posted on 01/27/2015
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Pasadena Independent School District announced the signing of an agreement which establishes a partnership with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and the University of Texas Arlington for a school-based student nursing clinical rotation.

Starting this fall, nursing students from each University, under the supervision of licensed school nurses at various Pasadena ISD schools, will enter the campuses as student nurses for a community health clinical rotation.

The nursing students are required in their undergraduate and graduate programs to acquire a number of clinical hours in several rotations such as pediatrics, surgical/medical and community health services. As a public school district Pasadena ISD qualifies as a community health services rotation.

“This rotation program gives student nurses a look at the disparity within our district that our economically disadvantaged residents face with access to health care and how it impacts the educational process,” Pasadena ISD Nurse Specialist April Weisedel said. “The nursing students will also be trained as vision/hearing screeners and for some of them this rotation may transition into jobs with the district.”

The nursing students in this rotation are in their final semester of college and are fully trained in HIPAA privacy. They will shadow a licensed nurse at the school where they are placed, to observe best practices and learn about state mandates as they relate to nursing in public schools.

“It is such a pleasure to establish partnerships with other educational institutions,” says Pasadena ISD Executive Director of Administrative Services Darla Massey-Jones. “We are very excited to be a part of their education and help them become more aware of the facets involved in school nursing.”