Body + Mind + Spirit

Flourish

Helping yourself, helping others, making the world a better place

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Care

Caring for you, caring for others

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Belong

Finding your place: at Alverno, in a circle of friends, in your family, in your community, in the world

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Mission

Health Services promotes the overall health and well-being of students and is committed to providing high-quality care to individuals, developing health education information and offering resources to promote healthy lifestyles.

If your health care needs exceed what Health Services can safely and reasonably provide, the nurse can refer you to community providers, your primary care physician, an urgent care facility or the emergency room.

Staff
  • Mary Reese, RN, BSN, MS
Hours
  • Monday - Thursday
  • 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • * Health Services is closed during the summer
Location
  • AF 208

Cost

It is free to see the nurse. There are nominal fees for prescription medications, flu shots and immunizations. These fees will be charged to your student account. Click here for more information on insurance.

How To Make an Appointment

Students do not need to make an appointment and are seen on a walk-in basis.

If the Nurse Is Not Available

When the nurse is not available, you should contact your primary care physician or go to an urgent care clinic for same-day assistance.

If you are experiencing a health emergency, you should go directly to the nearest hospital emergency room.

If you are on campus and experiencing an emergency health situation, call Security at x6911. Security officers are CPR, first aid and defibrillator trained and can assist with calling 911 and escorting emergency personnel to the location.

Routine? Urgent? Emergency?

If it is important to you, it is important to us. The nurse is a great first stop if you are not feeling well. She can provide basic care, including over-the-counter medications and common antibiotics. If your situation requires care beyond the scope of her practice, she will provide a referral. If you are experiencing a health emergency and can't wait to be seen, your options are:

  • Call 911 for immediate assistance
  • Go to the nearest hospital emergency room
  • Call Security (for immediate on-campus assistance) at 414-382-6911

Student Health 101” has a great tool that can help you decide if your issue is routine, urgent or an emergency

If you have experienced sexual assault, harassment, violence or discrimination, click here for specific resources and information.

Available Services

We offer the following services on campus:

  • Illness assessment and care for routine and common ailments such as sore throat, bladder infection, sinus infection, ear infection, eye infection, cold and flu, headache, stomach ache, constipation or diarrhea, cough or menstrual distress
  • Strep throat testing
  • Mononucleosis testing
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Basic first aid care for minor injuries
  • Blood pressure checks
  • TB skin tests and immunizations
  • HPV vaccinations
  • Flu shots
  • Health education
  • Wellness coaching

Referrals to Community Resources

Students often need help finding community resources for acute and chronic health conditions. We are unable to safely provide the following services in our office:

  • Stitches
  • X-rays
  • Chronic respiratory issues (breathing treatments, asthma care)
  • High blood pressure that necessitates transportation to an emergency room
  • Continuity of care issues for conditions such as diabetes, pregnancy, MS, lupus and back pain
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How to Help Yourself or a Friend

Many students are anxious about seeing a health care professional, and we are often told that students who visit the nurse do so because a friend or family member encouraged them. Sometimes the most helpful thing you can say to your friend is: “Did you know that it is free and confidential to see the nurse? I’ll go with you if you want.” If you are worried about a student and she refuses to see the nurse, you can call the nurse to talk through the situation. Expanding the circle of support will help you feel like you have done something, and it helps us respond promptly and appropriately.

For Parents

We encourage students to seek out their own care. It is an important step in gaining independence and confidence. All health services appointments are kept in strict confidence, and the nurse can’t share a student’s confidential health information with anyone. If you are concerned about your student’s health and welfare, you can call the nurse directly and talk about the situation, but please understand that the nurse can’t confirm or deny if your student has been seen in Health Services or provide you with any details about the nature of her health situation.