The Tyler ISD Health Services department strives to keep our students and staff healthy each and every day! Led by Coordinator of Health Services Rachel Barber, the team of 26 Registered Nurses and 13 Licensed Vocational Nurses has a combined 201 years of experience in Tyler ISD partnering with staff and parents to identify and help eliminate health related barriers to learning for our students.
Tyler ISD school nurses provide care by administering medication, assessing and treating ill students and staff, and performing state-mandated hearing, vision, and spinal screenings. They see anywhere from 20-45 students a day in each school clinic, in addition to 10-20 scheduled medications and procedures. Between clinic visits they also work with parents to find medical resources for students with diabetes, vision and hearing issues, and various other medical needs.
“Through skilled professional care and monitoring of a child’s treatment and medical needs, Tyler ISD nurses are ensuring that the student is able to participate and attend school,” Nurse Barber said. “All of our school nurses have a passion for making a difference in all aspects of student’s lives and work with teachers and staff to create a safe and healthy environment for all.”
So far this school year, Tyler ISD nurses have had 32,141 clinic visits Districtwide;
Other services provided include wound care, tube feeding, catheterizations, emergency response and more;
This year, Tyler ISD nurses have certified over 200 new staff in CPR and over 700 in Stop the Bleed procedures;
Tyler ISD nurses have backgrounds in the emergency room, ICU, surgery, pediatrics, home health, and behavioral health.