School Nurse

Job Description

The School Nurse will treat students for medical issues, help prevent physical issues and disease, and coordinate routine health assessments. 

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for professional, medical treatment of students.
  • Responsible for early detection of physical problems and health evaluations.
  • Responsible for disease prevention.
  • Assists in promoting programs on health-education and immunization.
  • Maintains clinical records.
  • Coordinates vision, hearing, and orthopedic screening and health assessments.
  • Provides emergency aid to students and school staff.
  • Assists teachers in instructing students in health and nutrition education.
  • Administer student medications daily, and update and maintain accurate medical and medication records.
  • Obtain and maintain required DCPS health forms such as immunization records, physical and dental exams, etc.
  • Perform and document intake interviews with new and potential students.
  • Evaluate and create emergency care plans as needed for students with health concerns.
  • Obtain signed doctor’s order for medication and/or contact doctors regarding student medications or other concerns as needed.
  • Maintain an up-to-date record of medications taken by students in school and at home.
  • Maintain a log of any student illnesses, injuries, treatments and results.
  • Contact parents/guardians regarding student medical issues, and log each parent contact.
  • Advise school administrators of possible medical emergencies.
  • Training teachers and classroom staff in the proper administration of medications and in medical procedures such as suctioning, tube feeding (NG or G tubes), and administering medications through tubes.
  • Report immediately, any suspected physical/sexual abuse of a student to the School Principal and/or Assistant Principal and Social Workers.
  • Maintain and ensure the integrity, confidentiality and security of student information and records.
  • Serve as a health education resource to students, staff and familes.
  • Order necessary medical equipment and supplies to accommodate student needs.
  • Maintain record log of medical trainings provided to staff.
  • Ability to exert moderate physical effort in light work, typically involving some combination of bending, stooping, squatting, reaching, kneeling, crouching, crawling and brisk walking, and which may involve lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (45 lbs.).
  • Ability to lift and position physically disabled individuals may be required.
  • Most tasks require oral communication, visual and hearing perception, and the ability to move around the classrooms, cafeteria, gym, campus, etc.
  • The ability to keep up with running children and or to lift or assist with lifting students is essential.
  • Maintain confidentiality of parent, student and staff personal identifiable information.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Location

Washington, DC

Start Date

09/20/2021

Benefits

Paul Public Charter School offers a comprehensive benefits package and salary commensurate with experience.

Requirements

Associate’s degree in nursing and possession of a current license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the District of Columbia as issued by Department of Health at date of hire; bachelor’s degree in nursing preferred with experience working with children with intellectual disabilities/autism.

  • Knowledge of community agencies to help students and their families.
  • Knowledge of district policies and procedures.
    • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
    • Prolonged periods of standing, reaching, and bending.
    • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds at times.
    • Knowledge and understanding of students with intellectual disabilities, autism and multiple disabilities.
    • Knowledge of the current Federal guidelines for Special Education.
    • Ability to independently problem solve and navigate the steps needed to accomplish the tasks of the position.
    • Ability to maintain required documentation of student records.
    • Requires strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate verbally and in writing.
    • Possession of a current license to practice as a Nurse
    • Successful completion of the required training courses within a specified period of time
    • Tuberculosis screening to assure no significant risk to the health and safety of others.
    • Successfully passing a criminal background investigation and pre-employment and random drug screenings.
    • Working knowledge of professional nursing theory, practices, and standards.
    • Working knowledge of pharmacology and other basic natural and social sciences necessary to provide good nursing care.
    • Skill in nursing assessment and nursing care.
    • Ability to apply nursing principles in the care of the mental or physical disabled.
    • Ability to administer detailed therapeutic prescriptions under general professional supervision.
    • Ability to implement therapeutic nursing interventions.
    • Ability to interpret and follow instructions furnished verbally, in writing, diagram, or schedule form.
    • Ability to read, interpret, and follow safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
    • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence using English grammar and spelling.
  • COVID-19 considerations: Must be vaccinated

Application Information

Please send a thoughtful cover letter and resume to pmerkerson@paulcharter.org with School Nurse as the subject. Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered and replies will only be sent to qualified applicants.

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