Be Well

On-Site Health Center

Jewell's Health Center is staffed by a nurse practitioner through The Liberty Clinic.

Bring your valid student ID to the Health Center in the lower level of Mathes Hall, and you can see our nurse practitioner at no cost. (Cost is $15 per visit for Accelerated Track Nursing and post-graduate program students and employees.) The Center is open weekdays from 8 a.m.-noon.

Now offering telehealth visits

For the remainder of the spring semester, the Student Health Center is offering telehealth visits during clinic hours Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. The website used is completely HIPAA compliant and confidential. 

Telemedicine can be used for a wide variety of health services, including medication refills and allergies, asthma, acid reflux or stomach issues, bronchitis, colds and flu, diarrhea, infections, insect bites, pharyngitis, conjunctivitis (pink eye), rashes, respiratory infections, sinusitis, skin rashes and infections, sore throats, sprains and strains, bladder infections, sports injuries and vomiting.

To schedule a telehealth visit with our nurse practitioner Paula Brown, please call or email the Jewell Health Center. Please include include a phone number where you can be texted to start the visit. You will receive a return email with an appointment date and time. Visits can be conducted via phone, laptop or tablet with camera capabilities. Full-time students with access to the health center when on campus can have telehealth visits at no charge. You may be referred to your primary care provider or a local clinic in your area if your needs cannot be met via the telehealth visit.

For updated information on coronavirus (COVID-19), visit the coronavirus web page.

Keeping the Jewell community healthy

Part of responsible community living includes taking care of yourself and helping those around you stay healthy.

If you have flu-like symptoms (which usually include some combination of fever, aches, coughing, diarrhea, or vomiting), you should seek medical attention within 24 to 48 hours of the first indication of symptoms. If you test positive for seasonal flu or have a contagious condition, take care of yourself and protect the Jewell community from infection. You may not return to work or classes until you are symptom-free (without the aid of medication) for 24 hours (this typically takes five to seven days for symptoms to subside). Should you require evaluation during the hours the Student Health Center is closed, there are a number of local urgent cares with evening and weekend hours.

During flu season and throughout the year, we ask everyone in our campus community observe these guidelines from the National Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze and before and after eating.
  • Alcohol-based hand cleaners also are effective and have been placed near campus restrooms and in high-traffic areas.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth to help prevent the spread of germs.
  • If you get sick, the CDC recommends you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

If you need assistance getting your meals when you are ill, contact your resident director or the Student Life Office. We will have a staff member or friend deliver your meals.

Student Health Center Blog

Welcome to the inaugural Student Health Center blog. What has been a goal for the Health Center over the years, now feels like a necessity, since we can’t interact like we have in the past. I know this is a difficult time, being away from your routines, friends, activities, and the staff and faculty at William Jewell. We are all still here for you, just in a different way. I will do my best to answer questions and tell you what I know about a variety of health related issues in this way.

Please send me feedback on issues you’d like to hear about in this blog.
Paula M. Brown, DNP, APRN-BC

  • Am I Sick?

    April 3, 2020

    AM I SICK?

    “I just don’t feel good…”

    Sometimes it is hard to pinpoint just what is wrong. Did I catch something, am I tired, is it stress?

    We’ve all been there. It is hard sometimes to decide why we don’t feel well. It helps to talk to others about how you are feeling….. physically, emotionally, spiritually, and cognitively. So many times the way we feel is not related to an invasion of your body by a virus or bacteria.

    We need to take care of ourselves better, now more than ever. A lot of our freedoms are TEMPORARILY on hold… our ability to work, go to class, our sports participation, our recreation. This comes at a time when we need distraction from the constant news about all that is wrong in the world right now. We all know what to do, but it is not always easy to do it. We are told to sleep 8 hours a night, don’t drink too much alcohol, don’t smoke (anything), wash your hands, don’t touch your face, have a healthy diet, exercise.. It is easy to get to a place where you don’t want to do ANYTHING. Does it matter…? Do I matter?

    If you are feeling symptoms such as moodiness, frustration, loneliness, feeling overwhelmed, poor judgment, or have trouble focusing or sleeping, I encourage you to reach out to our William Jewell counseling services. Our counselors are still here for you, just in a different way.

    If you feel low energy, headaches, aches and pain, upset stomach, fevers, or have any questions about physical symptoms, please reach out to the student health center (816-415-5020) or a local health care professional. These symptoms are hard to evaluate sometimes on your own. I am still here for you, just in a different way.

    I know you miss your friends and activities...... think outside the box to make those connections continue… they are therapeutic, even more than you know. It does matter if you take care of yourself. You matter to us. We will be on the other side of this strange, unprecedented, stressful time eventually. We want you to be the best you can be when we get there!

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