The Vine School Health Center is a nurse-founded, nurse-managed health clinic addressing the health care needs of Knox County School students who have difficulty accessing health care or who are uninsured. Based in Vine Middle Magnet School, the Health Center has been operating since 1996, and continues to thrive and grow. A recent expansion included a telehealth program which extends clinical services to eleven additional schools. An interprofessional team of providers includes six nurse practitioner faculty members, two social work faculty members, one education faculty member, three other staff positions, 15 graduate nursing students, 120 senior nursing students, six social work students and two education students.
Community partners include Knox County Schools and Knox County Schools Health Services. University of Tennessee, Knoxville partners include faculty and students in the College of Nursing.
Impact on UT
University graduate and undergraduate students have reported very positive clinical experiences at the Vine Clinic. Nurses are responsible for the health care and partner with social workers and educators to provide all-around, comprehensive care for the child. Outreach scholarship generated by this project was the basis for a nursing faculty member’s tenure promotion.
Impact on Community
During the 2013-14 academic year, there were 3,322 children who received direct health care services at the Vine School Health Center or at the other telehealth schools for school physicals or minor acute illnesses. There were 237 acute care visits evaluated via telehealth. Healthy children learn better and the health services for those children are invaluable to parents and Knox County Schools.
UT College of Nursing, 865-974-4151
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