By: Van Develde, Elaine
TD Bank’s TD Charitable Foundation has given a $10,000 grant to the Visiting Nurse Association Health Group (VNAHG) to support school-based nurse practitioner health services in New Jersey. The funding will help the VNAHG program keep students up-to-date on their immunizations, detect health problems early, and reduce absenteeism due to illness. VNA’s school-based nurse practitioner health service provides care to students in kindergarten through 12th grade in 13 schools throughout five districts: Asbury Park, Keansburg, Red Bank, Carteret, and Woodbridge. The licensed VNA nurse practitioner collaborates with a physician to diagnose and treat students in the school setting at no cost to the student or family. Nurse practitioners may work with school nurses and school staff to educate students on healthy lifestyle choices such as nutrition, physical fitness, and the avoidance of drugs. In the previous school year, the VNAHG school-based nurse practitioner health service provided 5,078 healthcare visits for 2,076 students.