School Nurse

Location
Harrison, Tennessee, United States
Salary
Competitive
Posted
May 03, 2021
Ref
2815
Job Category
Support Staff, School Nurse
Additional Locations

SCHOOL HEALTH
Overview

The purpose of this job is to promote health care and provide medical assistance to students/staff of county schools.

This position may be filled by any licensed nurse (LPN, RN, BSN+). Pay is calculated based on level of education and experience working as a nurse, including time as a nurse with positions within HCS and outside HCS. The base pay listed is for a LPN candidate. The base pay for a nurse with a RN degree is $37,282.13. The base pay for a nurse with a BSN degree is $38,527.64.

Responsibilities

  • Enhances the education process by maximizing the health and well-being of school-aged children and adolescents, with focus on prevention of illness/disability and early detection/correction of health problems.
  • Provides routine and emergency medical care to students within the prescribed boundaries of training, certification, and applicable policies and procedures.
  • Dispenses approved and/or prescribed medications appropriately to students. Maintains appropriate medical records regarding all dispensation of medication.
  • Promotes and protects the optimal health status of students; works with well children and children with acute chronic illnesses, injuries, handicapping conditions, and developmental disabilities. Works with students to promote wellness.
  • Observes students for developmental and health patterns during routine assessments and provides an initial diagnosis; identifies adverse health findings; interprets the health status of students to parents and school personnel; initiates referrals to parents, school personnel, and community health resources for intervention, remediation, and follow-through.
  • Assists in the control of communicable diseases through audits of immunization records, early detection, surveillance, reporting of contagious diseases to appropriate persons/agencies, and proper disinfection.
  • Coordinates referrals to outside health services.
  • Participates directly and indirectly in health education for improvement of health.
  • Provides ongoing health counseling to students, parents, and school personnel; maintains, evaluates, and interprets cumulative health data to accommodate individual needs of students; participates in home visits to assess the family's needs as related to the child's health; provides direct health education and health counseling to assist students and families in making decisions on health and life styles that affect health.
  • Provides instruction or recommendations regarding OSHA, CPR, and other health-related needs.
  • Monitors inventory of department equipment and supplies; ensures availability of adequate materials to conduct work activities.
  • Participates as health team specialist on the Assessment Team and/or IEP-Team for students with health disabilities.
  • Operates a variety of equipment and tools associated with school health work activities.
  • Communicates with supervisor, employees, other departments, school officials, school faculty/staff, students, parents, physicians, pharmacists, other medical/nursing professionals, social service agency personnel, health department personnel, community organizations, vendors, the public, state/federal agencies, outside organizations, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems.
  • Maintains current license as LPN after employment. Note: Failure to maintain the required District and State credentials may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment with HCDE.
  • Follows established procedures to ensure assigned areas are safe.
  • Works collaboratively with all stakeholders.
  • Attends work and arrives to work on time.
  • Maintains confidentiality.
  • Adheres to the Teacher Code of Ethics as defined by Tennessee Law.
  • Operates a computer and other school office equipment to enter, retrieve, review or modify data.
  • Operates a variety of equipment and instruments associated with school health work activities.
  • May operate a motor vehicle to travel to various schools.
  • Performs general/clerical tasks, which may include answering telephone calls, typing documents, making copies, sending/receiving faxes, filing documentation, or processing incoming/outgoing mail.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Knowledge/Education/Experience:
  • Successful completion of an accredited licensed practical nursing program; supplemented by three (3) years previous experience and/or training involving nursing, preferably in a school, pediatric, adolescent, or public health environment; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job. Must possess and maintain credentials as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), licensed in Tennessee. Must possess and maintain valid CPR and First Aid certification.

Skills/Qualifications:
  • Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills to deal effectively with students, educators, employees, community members, parents, and other stakeholders.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Tennessee driver's license.
  • Ability to utilize a computer and other technology in order to enter and retrieve data.

Education Requirement

Associate's Degree
Years Experience Requirement

3

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