Date of Award

Summer 2020

Document Type

Final DNP Paper

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Department

Nursing

Faculty Chair

Dr. Lori McGrath

Abstract

Student attendance and good health are two essential concepts that correlate with procuring students' academic success. Students can gain knowledge with the ability to be present in the class setting. Any disruption in the student's ability to attend class can have long-lasting negative consequences. Chronic health conditions are the primary obstacles in student attendance. Chronic health conditions such as asthma, sickle cell, childhood cancers, type 2 diabetes, and mental health issues or defects are significant barriers to school attendance. School administrators, parents, and community health partners are task with developing viable options for managing student healthcare along with access to healthcare while increasing student attendance. The DNP candidate identified the need to find strategies to improve student attendance and academic success. A school-based health clinic (SBHC) is a feasible possibility to deliver health, wellness, and mental health access while decreasing other health barriers to student attendance. The summation of the information leads to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) project question: Does the implementation of a school-based health clinic decrease the number of student absences for students in a 9th - 12th-grade high school? This program evaluation project did evaluate the relationship of an SBHC on the attendance of students in a ninth - twelfth-grade high school. The project's ultimate goal is to improve student access to healthcare for school-age high school students, therefore increasing student school attendance and academic achievement.

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