Nurse Practionter-Led Clinic
The Saint Xavier University Health Center is currently staffed by one full-time and three part-time nurse practitioners (NPs), one registered nurse and two administrative assistants. Nurse practitioners are nurses with advanced degrees (either master's or doctoral prepared) who complete advanced classwork and clinical hours for their chosen specialty. Although there are many NP specialties, such as acute (hosptial based) care, mental health or pediatrics, each NP at the SXU Health Center is currently certified and licensed to care for adults and/or pediatrics in the primary care setting. They have each received specialized training in assessing, diagnosing and treating common health problems as well as promoting health and wellness.
The NPs at the SXU Health Center have a collaborative practice agreement with a family practice physician who is always available for consult by phone. If necessary, the NPs can also give patients referrals to appropriate specialized providers. Currently, family nurse practitioners and other staff provide care to Saint Xavier University students, faculty, staff, members of the Sisters of Mercy community and area residents including children, adults and seniors. The provided services include but are not limited to: immunizations, chronic illness management, laboratory services, school physicals, minor illness and minor injury treatments.
The mission of Saint Xavier University Health Center is to promote and maintain the health status of the people in the university community.
Consistent with the mission of Saint Xavier University and the School of Nursing, its goal is to increase access to appropriate health care services through two strategies:
- Provision of preventive services and promotion of healthy lifestyles.
- Management of acute illness, minor injury and chronic stabilized health conditions.
In the context of health as a shared responsibility, the major objectives for the Health Center are:
- Increase the scope of primary health care services to the students, faculty, staff and residents of the surrounding communities.
- Provide opportunities for student service learning, faculty practice and research.
- Advocate for community partnerships that address problems related to health care delivery especially at the local level.
- Provide individuals, families, groups and communities the opportunities to improve their health.