Position Title: School Nurse
Qualifications: Required: Valid Indiana Registered Nurse (RN) license with BSN degree; BLS/CPR certification;
Desired: Knowledge of school laws and policies/state health regulations; Knowledge of any areas of health including mental health
Reports to: Superintendent and School Principal
Prepared by: Superintendent Date: August 2022
School nursing is a specialized practice of public health nursing that protects and promotes student health, facilitates normal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders that bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to develop their full potentials. The school nurse serves as a liaison between school personnel, family, community, and health care providers to advocate to health care and a healthy school environment.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (Other duties may be assigned):
1. Developing plans for student care based on assessment, interventions, and identification of outcomes, and the evaluation of care.
2. Serving as consultants with other school professionals, such as food service personnel, physical education teachers, coaches, and counselors.
3. Providing health-related education to students and staff in both individual and group settings.
4. Monitoring immunizations, managing communicable diseases, and assessing the school environment as to prevent injury and ensure safety.
5. Overseeing infection control measures.
6. Actively participating in school safety plans that address school violence, bullying, and emergencies that may occur at school.
7. Overseeing medication administration, health care procedures, and the development of healthcare plans.
8. Overseeing vision screening.
9. Making decisions related to the delegation of healthcare tasks as directed by state laws and professional practice guidance.
10. Assigns or delegates tasks as defined by the State Nurse Practice Acts and evaluates knowledge/skills of designated caregiver.
11. Providing health advice to school educational teams, such as an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) team.
12. Ability to assess situations and act quickly.
13. Ability to multitask.
14. Ability to communicate well with others.
15. Ability to work independently or with others.
Language Skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as computer software manuals and procedure manuals. Ability to write procedures for employees and communications to employees. Ability to communicate with employees to train. Ability to translate others’ rough ideas into polished pieces.
Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide all units of measure, using whole numbers and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent.
Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
Other Skills and Abilities: Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, staff and the community. Ability to perform duties with awareness of all district requirements and Board of School Trustees policies.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is continuously required to sit, stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects; operate computers and other office machines and equipment; reach with arms and hands; talk and hear on the telephone and in other interactions. The employee must frequently lift and move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This job requires the ability to respond to multiple demands at the same time. While performing the duties of this position, the employee will be expected to work at a computer for several hours at a time. The noise level in this environment is quiet. Driving a vehicle to conduct work at school sites is required. Some non-standard work hours may be necessary.
The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position.