Licensed Health Center

Education Health Center

Shortridge Academy’s Education Health Center employs experienced licensed nurses who work in concert with all staff and students to promote positive physical, emotional, and cognitive development. The medical director oversees and supervises all services provided by the Education Health Center team. The center is open to address students’ needs weekdays from 7:00 AM until 10:00 PM, and from 8:30am to 1:30pm and from 2pm to 10pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Emergency on-call staff are available as needed after operating hours. The Education Health Center team encourages and welcomes visits and phone calls from parents.

The Education Health Center provides health services to all students, including medication administration, basic nursing assessment and care, health education, and first aid treatment. Further, the Education Health Center team will coordinate all ancillary medical provider appointments for every student. This is a collaborative process with parents and with our transportation coordinator. Seasonal inoculations, per guidelines and recommendations set forth by the CDC and the New Hampshire State Health and Human Services, are arranged with parent consent. Students’ medical records and files are constantly updated and safely secured in compliance with HIPAA guidelines.

On-Site Medication Management

Our on-site family nurse practitioner is happy to collaborate with a student’s former prescribing physician following admission to ensure continuity and consistency of care. Integral to our collaborative process is a partnership between the clinical, therapy, and academic teams and the student and his or her family. Within this collaborative partnership, psycho-education pertaining to medication rationale, alternative options to medication, possible adverse effect profile, and medication efficacy assessment measures is provided to both student and family. This serves to further enhance safety and to promote autonomy and mature, responsible self-care for a student. Communication with parents is frequent and on an as-needed basis.

Clinical Services

Upon acceptance to Shortridge Academy, the licensed nursing and clinical teams will review any psychological or psychiatric reports or evaluations that may accompany a student. In addition, each student meets with a licensed nurse to review the Healthy Lifestyle Expectations and Standards (informed by the CDC and People 2020). This video presentation will cover basic components of a student’s health and pertains to patterns of personal hygiene and care of one’s immediate living space, dietary needs, sleep, physical activity, recreational and socialization needs, technology habits, and spirituality and self-care patterns. Strengths are highlighted and areas on which to work are noted. This information is processed with the student and shared with the student’s team. Shortly after admission, a student will have an opportunity to meet with our family ARNP for an initial assessment to determine how each student is handling the transition and adjustment to Shortridge Academy. A clinical impression and recommendations will be formulated and will be discussed with the student and his/her parents. This initial assessment is included as part of the Shortridge Academy tuition package. All arrangements and referrals for additional psychiatric or psychological consultation and assessment will be coordinated by the Health Education Center clinical team with formal authorization from a student’s parents per New Hampshire rules and regulations to maintain HIPAA compliance.