Offering Students Free Virtual Visits with a Nurse Practitioner
The Hawaii Keiki: Healthy and Ready to Learn Virtual Keiki Care Program uses high quality video technology to connect a Hawaii Keiki Registered Nurse (RN) or trained Hawaii Keiki School Health Support Staff (SHSS) to a Hawaii Keiki Nurse Practitioner (APRN). The Nurse Practitioner will conduct a virtual examination to provide a diagnosis and plan of care for the student, including providing prescriptions if deemed appropriate.
How Does Virtual Keiki Care Work?
Before the Virtual Keiki Care visit, the Hawaii Keiki RN or SHSS will contact the parent/guardian for consent. After obtaining parental/guardian consent, the RN or SHSS will use telehealth video equipment to connect with a Hawaii Keiki Nurse Practitioner. The RN will then initiate a virtual exam with the Nurse Practitioner using a handheld camera, iPad and other equipment. The Nurse Practitioner then completes a virtual physical assessment with the student.
Virtual visits can also include the parent or guardian on their phone or computer allowing for further discussion about the assessment, diagnosis and plan with the Nurse Practitioner. For a demonstration of a virtual visit, watch the video above.
After the visit, the Nurse Practitioner will make a diagnosis and develop a plan of care. The Nurse Practitioner can provide a prescription or order necessary laboratory tests. If the parent was not included in the call, the Nurse Practitioner will contact the parent with a summary of the visit. The Nurse Practitioner will also share information on the visit with the students’ Primary Care Provider.
Participating HIDOE Schools
- Kapaa Elementary
- Keaau High
- Keonepoko Elementary
- Kaimuki High School
- Leihoku Elementary
- Nanakuli Elementary
- King Intermediate
- Haleiwa Elementary
- Hana High & Elementary
- Kau High & Pahala Elementary
- Kohala Elementary
- Naalehu Elementary
- Wilcox Elementary
Virtual Keiki Care Program FAQs
Why use Virtual Keiki Care?
Virtual Keiki Care provides students with access to higher levels of care in the health room, removes transportation and financial barriers for families, improves access to care for rural schools, and keeps students healthy and in the classroom.
What medical concerns are addressed in the visits?
Virtual Keiki Care visits can address many medical concerns such as earaches, sore throats, and rashes. If needed, the Nurse Practitioner can prescribe medication for the student or order lab tests. Information on the visit is always sent to the student’s primary care provider.
Can parents/guardians attend the Virtual Keiki Care visit?
Yes, the parents/guardians will receive a call from the Hawaii Keiki RN asking if they would like a Virtual Keiki Care visit for their student. Parents/guardians may attend the visit virtually, in-person with their student, or have the Nurse Practitioner call to discuss their findings and the plan of care after the visit.
Are there any fees for visits?
Students and families will not receive a bill for the visit although insurance information will be collected and may be billed.
Neighbor Island Supervisor and Virtual Health Lead
Hawaii Keiki: Healthy & Ready to Learn
Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Cell: (808) 268-2025
*National Certified School Nurse (NCSN)