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Texas Health Dallas, Local School Nurses Working to Provide Advanced Care Training
02/26/2013

DALLAS — With more children who require advanced medical care being mainstreamed into schools, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas has partnered with the Richardson and Frisco independent school districts to provide advanced care training to 140 school nurses.

Mark Rose, B.S., R.R.T., a critical care respiratory therapist at Texas Health Dallas, leads one of the demonstrations.
Mark Rose, B.S., R.R.T., a critical care respiratory therapist at Texas Health Dallas, leads one of the demonstrations.

A full-day session, conducted earlier this month, brought together direct care nurses from Texas Health Dallas and local school nurses. Training for the more complex level of care some students may need, including ventilators, tracheostomy tubes, feeding tubes and diabetic pumps, was given.

“Though they may not use all the skills on a daily basis, this training is helpful in the event they come across complex care needs in the future,” said Sara Moody, M.S.N., R.N., NEA-BC, manager for Texas Health Resources University, a career school located on the campus of Texas Health Dallas. “This partnership is an example of how we optimize our resources to improve the health of people in the communities we serve.”

Nurses from the Richardson and Frisco districts spent the day in groups rotating through 10 different stations and networking with more than two dozen Texas Health Dallas clinical experts to help refresh what they already know and learn new skills.

“It was a very productive day for all the nurses who take care of medically fragile students who require all types of medical care,” said Gloria Canham, M.S.N., R.N., director of health services for the Richardson Independent School District. “It’s wonderful for us to be able to have this facility and their clinical expertise to provide this kind of staff development for us. We really appreciated the staff for the great opportunity.”

The event brought together direct care nurses from Texas Health Dallas and local school nurses
The event brought together direct care nurses from Texas Health Dallas and local school nurses.

One element of the training included helping school nurses better understand the mechanics and operation of the different types of insulin pumps that deliver insulin to students with diabetes.

In Texas, Type I diabetes is the most prevalent chronic disease affecting school-aged children, next to asthma.

For more information about Texas Health Resources University, please call 214-345-6700.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is an 898-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, having provided compassionate care to the residents of Dallas and surrounding communities since 1966. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Texas Health Dallas among the nation’s best hospitals in digestive disorders, orthopedics, and neurology and neurosurgery. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Dallas has approximately 4,000 employees and an active medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Dallas.

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