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 brownp@william.jewell.edu on issues you’d like to hear about in this blog.
Paula M. Brown, DNP, APRN-BC

  • Covering my face, will it help?

    May 22, 2020

    The CDC is currently recommending that face coverings are worn when we leave our home. The use of these face coverings will prevent the wearer from spreading illness like COVID-19. These coverings also reduce the likelihood that viruses and bacteria from others that get on our hands and will make it to our face and respiratory tract. COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person contact between people who are within about 6 feet of each other through respiratory droplets. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby and possibly be inhaled into the lungs, causing infection.

    A respiratory droplet is a watery particle with solid matter from the respiratory tract, produced by exhaling, coughing, sneezing, talking, singing or mouth breathing. It is amazing the amount of virus that can be found in droplets, despite their microscopic size. Controlling respiratory droplets reduces the risk of COVID-19 infections.

    Since those with COVID-19 may have the virus even when they don’t have symptoms, facial coverings are a really important step to protect those around you. When others wear facial coverings, they are protecting others around them and you from possible exposure. Facial coverings should completely cover your mouth and nose and fit snugly on the sides of your face. There are different types of face coverings and masks available. Some are simply made from materials at home. Here are instructions from Liberty Hospital on how to make a facial covering. It is best to have more than one, as they should be washed at least weekly, and more often if they get damp. You will need to continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

    There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. You should wash your hands before putting your facial covering or mask on, after touching it, and after you remove it. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

    Please wear a face covering as recommended by the CDC. You can make it your own, and let it express your personality… and your care for those around you.

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  • It is the season for sneezing

    May 15, 2020

    What makes you sneeze? For some, it is sunlight. Others sneeze when they pluck their eye brows. It could also be due to allergens, bacteria, viruses, mucous or dirt in your nose.  Sneezing helps us remove these irritants from our nose. A sneeze can travel 6 feet, at speeds up to 100 miles / hour! For many of us, spring is a time when we sneeze more than usual.

    Allergies can cause sneezing and itchy, watery eyes, which tempts us to rub our face. Rubbing our face might help with the itching, but could introduce viruses and bacteria. How do we balance the benefits of being outdoors and this possible exposure to allergens? Here are some steps we can take to reduce our contact with these irritating agents that might make us sneeze, itch and make us want to rub our face.

    • Keep the windows in your car and home closed and turn on the air conditioner.
    • Stay inside between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. when outdoor pollen counts are highest.
    • Don’t use fans, which can stir up dust.
    • Shower, wash your hair and change your clothes after prolonged periods outdoors to decrease the amount of pollen on your skin and hair.
    • Drink more liquids (water, juice or nonalcoholic drinks) if you feel stuffy or have postnasal drainage. This can thin the mucus in your nasal passages.
    • Dust and vacuum frequently. This is one of the best ways to avoid indoor allergens.
    • Avoid smoking and irritating fumes. These can cause or worsen your itchy, stuffy nose and watery eyes.
    • Wash your bed linens weekly in soap and hot water.
    • Animal dander and saliva are common allergens for many people. Don’t let pets in your bedroom. Bathe pets often.
    • Humid air can lead to the growth of mold. A dehumidifier can help. Frequently cleaning areas where you shower or bathe will reduce the likelihood of mold in these areas.

    For the sake of those around you, please cover your sneezes, wash your hands after blowing your nose and discard your used tissue immediately into a trash container. Do your best to avoid touching your face. If you’ve tried these suggestions and still have allergy symptoms, please consult with the Student Health Center or your primary care provider about other recommendations or referral for allergy testing

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  • Finally, finals

    May 8, 2020

    Our students have been heavy on our minds this week at William Jewell. I want you to know that I have seen so much joy from my Student Life colleagues who share a graduating senior’s new job. Faculty had to suddenly stop everything and then teach online with such short notice. We are all agonizing the moments students have lost since spring break. You have to know… we are all really, really looking forward to having everyone back on campus, face to face (or mask to mask), as soon as it is safe.

    This blog was hard to write this week. It started out as a piece on how you keep your lungs healthy… important, for sure. If you’ve met me, you probably know I have a strong “non-smoking, non-vaping speech” game.

    I reflected on what makes a person healthy. Yes, lifestyle choices are important, eat right, wash your hands, don’t smoke anything, wash your hands, get enough sleep, wash your hands, make good choices, wash your hands, exercise, wash your hands. By the way, wash your hands.

    Having a career that you love and that fulfills you is such an important part of a healthy life. I knew from an early age that I wanted to be a nurse. A lot of days are hard, especially lately—thanks, COVID-19. Still, at the end of the day, there is nothing more I want to do more.

    This pandemic has taken a lot from all of us. It will pass, but it might not be soon. Our lives will change in lots of ways going forward. It has really given me time to think about my career, how I can contribute and how I can make a difference. I, too, was taught to be a critical thinker… I ask “why” a lot… I hope you as “why” a lot, too.

    Your education will impact the rest of your life in such a profound way. I truly love the part I’ve gotten to play in your lives—I hope you find a career that you love like that. I am honored to advocate for you and your health. Know your needs, safety, dreams, goals and struggles are important to us, and we are here for you. So, go out there and crush your finals, then celebrate (safely), and, of course, wash your hands.

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  • Here comes the sun

    May 1, 2020

    It’s finally May. After what have may felt like the longest April ever, we are starting to have nicer weather and some glimmer of hope that life may regain some semblance of normalcy. It is great to see the sunshine and experience some of its benefits.

    Sunlight increases our levels of serotonin, which improves mood, increases feelings of calm and improves our focus. Ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun is an important source of Vitamin D. Sun exposure is thought to have wide-ranging effects including lowering blood pressure, in turn lowering risk of heart attack and stroke. There also appears to be the benefit of reduced appetite, decreased incidence of obesity and a lower risk of diabetes related to appropriate amounts of UV exposure.

    However, as early as the 1930s, experts started issuing warnings about too much sun exposure and the risk for skin cancer. When we look at age-related cancers, melanoma is the most diagnosed cancer among 25- to 29-year olds in the United States. For 15- to 29-year olds, it is the third most common for men and fourth most common for women.

    Follow these tips to protect your skin from damaging ultraviolet rays and reduce your risk of skin cancer:

    • Seek shade when appropriate, remembering that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade.
    • Wear protective clothing, such as a lightweight long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, when possible.
    • Apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Broad-spectrum sunscreen provides protection from both UVA and UVB rays.
      • Use sunscreen whenever you are going to be outside, even on cloudy days.
      • Apply enough sunscreen to cover all skin not covered by clothing. Most adults need about 1 ounce — or enough to fill a shot glass — to fully cover their body.
      • Don’t forget to apply to the tops of your feet, your neck, your ears and the top of your head.
    • When outdoors, reapply sunscreen every two hours, or after swimming or sweating.
    • Use extra caution near water, snow and sand, as they reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of sunburn.
    • Avoid tanning beds. Ultraviolet light from tanning beds can cause skin cancer and premature skin aging.
    • Consider using a self-tanning product if you want to look tan, but continue to use sunscreen with it.
    • Perform regular skin self-exams to detect skin cancer early, when it’s most treatable, and see a board-certified dermatologist if you notice new or suspicious spots on your skin, or anything changing, itching or bleeding. More information about the prevention and detection of skin cancer can be found at https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/skin-cancer.

    While the sun may improve our appearance, health and outlook, you are encouraged to spend time outdoors in a safe manner. If you have questions regarding your skin’s health, please contact the Student Health Center, your primary care provider or a dermatologist.

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  • Is it safe out there?

    April 24, 2020

    I know many of us are so grateful that the stay-at-home orders related to the COVID-19 virus are beginning to lift in some areas of the country. While the immediate area around campus has had very few known cases of COVID-19, some areas are still seeing new cases. Please, don’t let down your guard too quickly. Most of us understand our responsibility to adhere to local guidelines and that it is for the greater good of our communities. It is hard to control the actions of others… did they wash their hands…do they have a cold, or it is something more? Have they been in a large gathering with others who may have infected them?

    Symptoms of a COVID-19 infection are varied. We have all heard about the symptoms of fever, cough, chills, body aches and trouble breathing. Now experts are describing other commonplace symptoms such as rash, sore throat, runny nose and headache as part of COVID-19 presentation. Many adolescents and young adults may have very mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. Please remember, you may be able to unintentionally infect others, even If you don’t feel ill. My best advice: assume you can become infected and that you are able to pass the infection to others.

    As restrictions are eased, you may see others start to let up on their protective actions. Don’t feel pressure to join them. Let your social circle know what you are doing. Hopefully they will model this behavior in their own lives. This virus is incredibly contagious, much more than the flu. Just a reminder:

    • practice excellent respiratory hygiene (covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, or into your inner elbow). Discard your tissue directly in the trash once you use it.
    • stay six feet apart, even after we can get back together
    • wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds with warm water and soap or use hand sanitizer frequently, especially after touching items others may have touched
    • limit large gatherings
    • don’t shake hands with others
    • don’t touch your face
    • stay home if you are sick
    • don’t share items that may spread infections
    • disinfect frequently touched items (don’t forget eyeglasses, ear buds and cell phones)

    The most reliable sources of information are websites such as www.cdc.gov and your state and county departments of health. If you are unsure about your symptoms or guidelines to return to usual activities, please don’t hesitate to contact your health care provider or the Student Health Center. We all have a responsibility to ourselves, our friends and families, and to our community to limit the spread of this, and frankly all illnesses.

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  • Think I will take a nap...

    April 17, 2020

    Sleep is so important to our health. For adults (ages 18 and above), studies recommend 7 to 9 hours of sleep. Ideally, this is in one session, at the same time every day. Too much sleep, like too little, appears to have undesired effects on our health.

    It is tempting to sleep more while we are staying at home so much. Sleeping more than usual can be related to boredom, feeling down, and lack of activity. Studies show that sleeping more than 9 hours a day can increase depression, risk of heart disease, obesity, headaches and back pain. Additionally, evidence suggests that poor or not enough sleep leads to inflammation, increasing the risk of diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.

    Sometimes, especially during times of stress, it is hard to get to sleep. Some people rely on substances like alcohol or marijuana to help. While these substances may assist a person in falling asleep, deep REM sleep is not achieved when they are consumed. It may become difficult to fall asleep without them. REM sleep is important to a sleep cycle because it stimulates the areas of your brain that are essential in learning and making or retaining memories (pretty important in college). 

    So, how do we get the right amount of restful and restorative sleep? Here are some suggestions:

    • Sleep and wake at nearly the same time daily, including weekends.
    • Don’t eat a large meal or consume alcohol 2-3 hours before bedtime.
    • Take time to wind down before sleeping. No electronics, television, or phone use at least 30 minutes before bedtime.
    • Brief naps are okay. One nap for less than 60 minutes before 3 p.m. is the maximum suggested.
    • If you have trouble falling asleep, get out of bed and do something relaxing until you feel sleepy
    • Avoid caffeine in the afternoon and at night. It stays in your body for hours and can make it hard for you to fall asleep.
    • Don’t rely on substances to help you fall asleep.
    • Exercise regularly and consume a healthy diet.
    • Make your bedroom quiet and relaxing. Keep the room at a comfortable, cool temperature.
    • Limit exposure to bright light in the evenings.

    If stress or physical symptoms are affecting your sleep, please reach out to the Counseling Center at counselingservices@william.jewell.edu, the Student Health Center at healthcenter@william.jewell.edu at Jewell or your primary care provider. We know this is a stressful time. Finishing this semester successfully is important! We are here to help.

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  • Spring… a new beginning…

    April 10, 2020

    This time of the year is often a time of renewed energy. It is probably hard to feel this way in the time of a pandemic. We constantly are being told that we need to socially distance and wash our hands. We should not touch our faces… (so hard if you have seasonal allergies). We can’t have extended family gatherings.

    This isolation may seem overwhelming at times. Most of us who get sick, whether it be from COVID-19, the flu, or other infections, will recover and be fine. We must practice excellent hygiene and social distancing to protect ourselves, and for those in our families and community who are more vulnerable. Often times we don’t realize who those people are. Does your coach have a newborn at home? Does your classmate have a parent on chemotherapy? Is your professor taking medication that affects his or her ability to fight infection? This is why we can’t just go back to gathering in groups too soon.

    Please use this time to renew yourself. Take a walk in the sunshine, interact with others in a way that doesn’t increase your risk of infection, wash your hands, exercise, and eat healthy. Take your allergy medication if you need it, so you are less likely to touch your face. As hard as it is, drag yourself out of bed at a semi-normal time, and don’t cave in to the temptation of living in your pajamas. You will be offered opportunities in the coming weeks to participate in FUN online activities that engage you with members of the William Jewell community. We really, really want to see you there.

    If you need support, a listening ear, or have questions, please contact me (brownp@william.jewell.edu) or anyone in Student Life. We will soon be on the other side of the “peak” of this pandemic, but it is likely life will be very different for the months to come. We are here for you and look to you to tell us how we can support you. If you have a “silver lining” to share, we’d love to hear that too. Take good care of yourselves and your community.

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  • Am I Sick?

    April 3, 2020

    “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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