School Nurse LPN

Hamilton County Department of Education
Harrison, Tennessee, United States
Closing date
Oct 28, 2021

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Support Staff, School Nurse
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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 both level of education and experience working as a nurse, including time as a nurse within HCS and outside HCS. The beginning base pay listed is for a LPN candidate. The hourly pay, based on education and experience, ranges from $21.28-$38.82.


  • 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.


  • 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.

  • 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



Hamilton County Schools, located in beautiful Chattanooga, TN, is hiring, supporting, and retaining outstanding top teaching talent. We are the fastest improved district in Tennessee and have a goal to become the best. With nearly 80 schools located in urban, rural, and suburban communities, we are confident that you can find your place in Hamilton County.

Why Join our Team?  

New Teacher Support: With our progressive three-year induction program for new teachers, you will have the following supports: 

  • New Teacher Academy 
  • First Year Mentor & Supportive Professional Development 
  • Whole-Teacher/Well-Teacher (wellness & mindfulness training) 

Leadership Opportunities: Grow your career with Hamilton County Schools, no matter your professional goals: 

  • Train to become a mentor teacher or professional development presenter
  • Obtain your National Board Certification and get a $4,000 salary increase 
  • Apply for leadership pipeline programs for instructional coaching or administration 
  • Be a part of innovative programs that are unique to Hamilton County like Teacherpreneur and STEM Fellows
  • Travel the world as a Fund for Teachers recipient

Experience all Chattanooga has to offer:

  • Chattanooga has a metro area of 500,000 people - not too big and not too small - and under two hours from Nashville, Atlanta, Knoxville, and Birmingham
  • Award-winning city for outdoor activities, music, art and culture
  • 25 + local music, art, and food festivals every year

We are seeking teaching candidates who are:

  • Committed to high academic achievement and high expectations for all students
  • Able to be a positive team-player and communicate effectively with colleagues, supervisors, students, and families
  • Open to being coached and receiving feedback in order to advance learning and growth for students
  • Experienced in high-need or Title-I School settings. Experience with English Language Learners is a plus.
  • Professionals with high personal standards and integrity

Compensation & Total Rewards 

  • Competitive salary range commensurate with experience
  • Comprehensive benefits package includes multiple health insurance options, vision, dental reimbursement, short and long-term disability, life insurance, on-site clinics, and a wellness program 
  • Childcare for Hamilton County teachers available in multiple schools 
  • Competitive retirement plans through Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System, including a hybrid 401k and pension plan. In 2018, TCRS was ranked in the top four best funded State Pension plans by the Pew Charitable Trust. 

About Hamilton County Schools

 Hamilton County Schools, located in beautiful Chattanooga, TN, is the fastest improving district in the state of Tennessee. We believe in success for all students and are dedicated to helping all students succeed to their highest potential.  With nearly 80 schools located in urban, rural, and suburban communities, we are confident that you can find your place in Hamilton County.

Who we serve: Hamilton County Schools serves over 42,000 students across our diverse county in urban, rural and suburban communities. Our families speak 125 languages and approximately 8.5% of our students are English language learners.

Our results: The state of Tennessee has recognized Hamilton County as an “Advancing” school district.

A few of our recent achievements include:

  • #2 out of 146 districts in the state of Tennessee for student growth and a Level 5 district for 2018-2019
  • 45 Level 5 schools and 32 reward schools
  • 16 Volkswagen E-Labs - the highest concentration of fabrication labs of any district in the US or abroad
  • Milken Award winning teacher; State Principal of the Year (2017)
  • 13 High Schools with over 18 Future Ready Institutes
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3074 Hickory Valley Road

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