Job Title: School Nurse Reports To: School Principals FLSA Status: Non-Exempt Summary: The job of a school nurse is done for the purpose of overseeing the individual health needs of students, overseeing the immunization compliance mandated by state law, implementing health care plans directed by physicians, ensuring district health care practices comply with the laws relating to students health issues, providing appropriate immediate care for ill, medically fragile and/or injured students, serving as a health resource to teachers, staff and administrators, conducting mandated health screenings, maintaining confidential student health records and identifying health problems for referral to appropriate parties for proper follow up treatment and working with population of well students to maintain health and wellness. The school nurse is directly responsible to the school principals for daily supervision. The principals at each school have joint responsibility for the evaluation of the nurse. Provides health care services to students by performing the following duties: • Health Program • Exams and Screenings • Reporting and Record Keeping • Instruction • Teamwork • Referrals • Other Essential Duties and Responsibilities HEALTH PROGRAM • Plans a health program in cooperation with the administrator which includes development of health curriculum, the prevention of disease, and the promotion and maintenance of pupil health. • Maintains the inventory of health office supplies and orderly work areas (e.g. sinks, counters, beds, blankets, etc.) for the purpose of maintaining an efficient and sanitary environment in accordance with established standards. • Conducts programs and other activities (e.g. health screenings, etc.) for the purpose of ensuring compliance with government mandated requirements. • Develops, maintains and implements health care plans, medical emergency cards emergency care plans, records (e.g. mandated screening, chronic illness, etc.) for the purpose of providing information required by legal and professional standards. Student Records are kept in the Student Management System as well as hard copies in student files. EXAMS AND SCREENINGS • Participates in medical examinations and reviews findings to evaluate health status of pupils and progress of program. • Responsible for conducting student health screening programs to assess physical, mental and emotional health for the purpose of complying with federal and state regulations. (e.g. scoliosis, color blindness, vision, hearing etc.) • Administers first aid, medication and specialized medical treatment for the purpose of providing appropriate care for ill, medically fragile and/or injured children, and for preventative and maintenance care of all children. • Responds to emergency situations and/or evaluates need to activate local EMS-911 for the purpose of addressing immediate safety concerns. • Administers medications to students upon written consent from parent/guardian. Has responsibility to know and understand their use, action, contraindications and side effects. • Performs home visits and/or hospital visits for the purpose of verifying student status. REPORTING AND RECORD KEEPING • Accountable for keeping an accurate daily log and continuous health records for the welfare of the child. Provides reports as required to document student encounters and nursing activities, provides results to district and State Health Services. • Performs record keeping and clerical functions (e.g. data entry of medical alert status, shot records, withdrawing students, answering calls, copying, faxing, etc.) for the purpose of supporting health services activities. • Prepares a wide variety of written materials (e.g. quality reports, student activities, correspondence, internal audits, etc.) for the purpose of documenting activities, providing written reference and/or conveying information within parameters of HIPPA law. • Reports students/staff with contagious diseases as mandated by local public health authorities for the purpose of minimizing infection and complying with legal requirements. INSTRUCTION • Provides staff training on a variety of health related subjects (e.g. CPR, universal precautions, disaster preparedness, child abuse, health education, etc.) for the purpose of acting as a resource and other school personnel as time allows. • Interprets and alerts the staff to school health laws, health trends, health advisories and school health problems. • Attends in-service training, staff meetings, workshops, etc., as requested for the purpose of conveying and/or gathering information required to do job functions. • Assists teachers in planning heath units by providing valid resource materials and presenting demonstrations in the classroom that are relevant to healthful living. • Provides health counseling for students and staff to encourage and maintain optimum health practices. TEAMWORK Cooperates with school personnel in identifying and meeting social, emotional, and physical needs of school children. • Assesses situations involving students’ safety, abuse (physical, sexual, drug) and other health related issues for the purpose of identifying problems, referring for proper treatment and complying with legal requirements, including following state mandated Department of Child Services reporting. • Is a standing member of the school safety committee and serves as a resource to maintenance, cafeteria, and other services involved in maintaining a healthful physical environment. • Participates in Individual Education Plan (IEP)/504 Plan accommodations with staff and students when a medical issue is involved for the purpose of providing appropriate medical care within the school setting to the individual. • Works as part of the crisis management team at individual sites for the purpose of providing assistance and ensuring student’s wellness. • Serves as Chair of the District Health and Wellness Committee. REFERALS • Collaborates with parents, students, health care providers and/or other agencies for the purpose of promoting needed treatment, securing information and complying with legal requirements. On-going follow up is required until needed information is obtained. • Refers families, students and staff to community agencies that improve quality of life, health, (medical/dental/counseling, etc.) and assist with obtaining glasses, hearing aids and further medical attention (e.g. Kids Care, WIC, etc.). OTHER • Maintains professional self-growth through continuing education and support of professional organizations. • Other duties may be assigned. Qualifications To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Education and/or Experience • Experience in school nursing or public health nursing is preferred. • Must be able to work independently and effectively with children and adolescents. Certificates, Licenses, Registrations • Current Registered Nurse License which permits the practice of professional nursing in the state of Arizona required. • Current IVP Fingerprint Clearance Card required. • Current Certification through the American Heart Association as a CPR and First Aid Instructor required • Current Certification through the Arizona Department of Health Services as a Hearing and Vision Screener required Language Skills Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public. Mathematical Skills Ability to calculate figures and amounts in metric measurements for liquid and weights for medications. Reasoning Ability Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Computer Skills To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Internet software; Spreadsheet software and Word Processing software. 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 regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand. The employee is occasionally required to walk; sit; use hands and fingers, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and 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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts and outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Competencies To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies: Design - Demonstrates attention to detail. Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics. Project Management - Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and budget. Technical Skills - Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others. Interpersonal Skills - Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control Oral Communication - Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings. Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information. Teamwork - Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed. Visionary Leadership - Inspires respect and trust; Provides vision and inspiration to peers and subordinates. Leadership - Exhibits confidence in self and others; Inspires and motivates others to perform well; Effectively influences actions and opinions of others; Accepts feedback from others. Diversity - Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce. Ethics - Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values. Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; Supports organization's goals and values; Benefits organization through outside activities; Supports affirmative action and respects diversity. Strategic Thinking - Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; Understands organization's strengths & weaknesses. Judgment - Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions. Motivation - Sets and achieves challenging goals; Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; Measures self against standard of excellence. Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Develops realistic action plans. Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments. Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality. Quantity - Meets productivity standards; Completes work in timely manner; Strives to increase productivity; Works quickly. Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; Reports potentially unsafe conditions ; Uses equipment and materials properly. Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events. Attendance/Punctuality - Is consistently at work and on time; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; Arrives at meetings and appointments on time. Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan. Initiative - Volunteers readily; Undertakes self-development activities; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed. Innovation - Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas.
PINAL COUNTY SCHOOLS Mary C. O’Brien Accommodation School District School Nurse 2018-2019 School Year School Nurse for small school district in rural, central AZ. A qualified applicant will have a strong background in public health nursing or school nursing and health instruction. Must hold AZ Registered Nurse License. Open until filled. Applications available: Online @ www.pinalk12.org Click on “Schools” Click on “Employment Opportunities” Click on “Classified Application” Complete and return: 3740 N. Toltec Rd. Eloy, AZ 85131 EMAIL Sadams@pinalcso.org Contact: Shannon Adams, Human Resources 520-450-4479