Our program is separate from the school nurse and we work collaboratively. For example: If after being seen by the school nurse, she thinks that your child has an ear infection and could use medication, the Health Center Nurse Practitioner could see your child and write a prescription for this medicine. The nurse practitioner would then coordinate with you regarding the prescribed medication and send a record of this to his or her Primary Care Provider. This can all be done during the school day to prevent your child from having to leave for an outside appointment. Further, this is true for many common complaints such as sore throats, skin rashes, etc. Additionally, we are able to see your child for a visit at school no matter where they receive their medical care (St. Mary’s, CMMC, Pediatric Associates, etc.) and will communicate with your child’s primary care provider regarding any care that is provided at the SBHC.
Amanda Payne, FNP-C
Amanda Payne is a family nurse practitioner who is now working in the school based health centers at ELHS and AMS. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and her graduate degree from the University of Southern Maine. She worked as a pediatric RN for many years before becoming a family nurse practitioner. Most recently, she worked in a primary care family medicine practice.
She is available to students for health risk assessments, sports physicals, and acute care visits. She is also available to staff members for acute care needs. She encourages staff members and students to utilize this convenient health center to reduce time spent away from work, as well as the students' time spent away from school.
Amanda's office hours are:
AMS: Wednesday 8-2, Thursday 8-12
ELHS: Monday, Tuesday, Friday 8-2, Thursday 8-12.