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School Nurse

Lopez Island School District
Lopez Island, WA Part-time
Posted on October 25, 2019

School Nurse
(5 hours per day, M-F)

 

Description of Position: Provide basic health services and first aid to students, evaluate the health status of students and the health services program, and provide instruction in health practices. Serves as a resource pertaining to student health management strategies, and to do other related functions as required. This position is 5 hours per day, Monday through Friday, following the school year calendar.

 

Minimum Competencies Required:

Knowledge of:

  • Health rules, regulations, public health information, medical and educational disabilities
  • Principles, methods, techniques, strategies, and trends in educational health services
  • Applicable health appraisal methods, techniques, and procedures
  • Diabetes treatment protocols
  • Allergies and sensitivities commonly found in school settings, and protocols for addressing student and adult needs

Ability to:

  • Assist students in effectively dealing with health issues, problems, and concerns
  • Effectively work with site and district personnel, parents, social service, and youth service agencies in resolving student health problems and concerns
  • Communicate effectively in oral and written form
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions with minimal accountability controls
  • Establish and maintain effective organizational, public and community relationships

 

Education, License, Certification, Formal Training:

  • Two years of successful public school nursing experience preferred
  • Currently licensed as a Registered Nurse in the State of Washington (or able to show evidence of eligibility)
  • Valid CPR, First Aid and AED certification required
  • Possession of a valid Washington State Drivers License
  • WSP/FBI criminal history background clearance (fingerprinting)

 

Essential Functions:

  • Assesses the physical and emotional health of students as related to the educational process; manages health concerns within the scope of school nurse practice; initiates referrals for further diagnosis and treatment of identified health needs and provides follow up;
  • Communicates student health concerns that may impact learning to appropriate staff and/or administration with parent and/or student consent.
  • Implement and follow-up of student health care plans
  • Collect, organize, and analyze student health information, and communicates student health concerns that may impact learning to appropriate staff with parent and/or student consent.
  • Provide counsel and guidance to pupils, parents and the school staff pertaining to individual student health needs and health issues as needed
  • Conduct or assist in health screenings (i.e. vision and hearing) in compliance with legal mandates, policies and regulations; including referral and follow up.
  • Assist clerical staffing implementing mandated pupil immunization program, including participation in parent information and referral programs
  • Assists in planning health education curricula & in integrating health concepts into the total curricula; promotes positive health practices in individual contacts, and in the classroom; serves as a resource to classroom teachers.
  • Assist in identifying the health service program needs, and participates in developing school health instructional programs
  • Serve as a resource to site and District personnel, and members of the school community on health and safety issues.
  • Meet, confer, and counsel with parents, school personnel and members of various youth serving agencies in developing alternative solutions to student health issues, problems and concerns.
  • Maintains a liaison with social services and health service agencies for care coordination and to pursue health referral follow-ups.
  • Assist in the development implementation and monitoring of the health service portion of individual education plans for students with exceptional needs, as needed.
  • Assist in the planning, development, and implementation of strategies to provide for health service in emergencies
  • Establish, maintain, and monitor the maintenance of a variety of files and records pertaining to student services, and related matters
  • Plan, develop and present, as requested, a variety of management related reports pertaining to health service functions and activities
  • Performs related duties consistent with the scope and intent of the position. The School Nurse's scope of practice is defined by law and standard professional nursing organizations.

 

Mental Demands:

  • Experiences frequent interruptions
  • Required to deal with a wide range of student behaviors, which may include distraught or challenging situations with students and parents
  • May be required to shift task priority
  • Frequently required to deal with situations that could put employee in position of liability
  • Required to deal with emergencies as appropriate to the position and student or adult needs

 

Physical Demands:

  • Exposed to visual display terminals
  • Potentially exposed to ordinary infectious diseases carried by students
  • Occasionally required to attend to students’ personal hygiene
  • Required to take precautions to avoid exposure to student bodily fluids, disinfectants and medications
  • May be required to appropriately move ill or injured students
  • This position performs light work that involves sitting, but does require walking and standing for extended periods
  • Requires accurate perceiving of sound, near and far vision, depth perception, handling and working with materials and objects, and providing oral information

 

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