Virtus Academy
Open Position

School Nurse

General Summary

Under regular supervision, administers medical assistance and first aid to students according to school health program procedures prescribed by the school and district. Performs routine counseling services; refers students and their parents to community agencies and professionals as appropriate. Maintains student health records. This is a 190 day position. Reports to the Principal.

Essential Job Functions

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Collects and reviews health cards on all students, noting significant information, including allergies, medications, illnesses and health conditions; notifies teachers of all significant health problems of students they work with
  • Maintains accurate, complete and confidential health records of students using the computerized School Health Management Program (SNAP) and PowerSchool software
  • Obtains and maintains student immunization records; prepares S.C. certificates of immunization when appropriate documentation is provided; makes referrals to physicals and/or DHEC as necessary; prepares DHEC immunization reports as required
  • Manages school health room; sees ill and injured students on a walk-in basis and handles medical emergencies
  • Notifies parents or physicians, as necessary, in cases requiring medical attention; summons ambulance if necessary
  • Participates in the school’s screening program for vision, hearing, scoliosis and blood pressure; enters screening results in the SNAP program; determines if further medical consultation or treatment is necessary or advisable; makes referrals and follows up with individual cases as needed
  • Monitors students for health problems, including lice infestation, elevated blood sugar levels, etc., and unmet health needs
  • Counsels and educates students about their health problems or conditions, disease prevention, hygiene and health maintenance
  • Provides health instruction, counseling and guidance to parents and staff on subjects such as CPR, first aid, emergency care procedures and special health problems
  • Dispenses prescription and non-prescription medications as directed by physician and parent
  • Looks for conditions which might indicate the presence of communicable diseases; alerts faculty, parents, physicians and public health authorities when necessary
  • Assists in identifying and reporting suspected child abuse/sexual abuse/neglect
  • Develops individual health plans for students with handicaps or chronic health conditions; assists in identifying students with special needs
  • Identifies and monitors students with extended illnesses/absences and corresponds with attendance clerk and parent concerning illness/absence
  • Coordinates health and social services for students between school, family physician, hospitals and community agencies
  • Researches illnesses and diseases, and consults with other nurses and health care professionals to determine appropriate care at school
  • Ensures compliance with OSHA regulations concerning blood borne pathogens protocol
  • Participates in implementing a system for managing school emergencies and the conduct of actions to prevent both unintentional and intentional injury and/or disease occurrences
  • May serve as site coordinator for staff wellness programs; provides emergency care and first aid to staff as needed; provides referrals as appropriate; reads employee TB tests and sends results to appropriate persons/agency; maintains confidential staff health records for emergency use
  • Orders and maintains inventory of health room supplies and equipment
  • Prepares and distributes first aid kits for field trips and emergency situations; prepares and distributes mini-first aid kits for all staff members; prepares and maintains code blue equipment and supplies for emergencies
  • Compiles data for and prepares various reports and records required by the school and other agencies
  • Reviews school and District policies and procedures for student nursing, and recommends changes as appropriate to ensure the provision of quality health care
  • Reviews Medicaid forms for eligibility; generates monthly Medicaid billing reports
  • Interacts and communicates with the immediate supervisor, other school staff and administrators, professional peers, coworkers, students, parents, physicians, pharmacists, therapists, hospital personnel, other health care providers, social service agency personnel, various government agency personnel, sales representatives, and the general public
  • Operates a variety of medical instruments and equipment such as a wheelchair, blood pressure cuff, stethoscope, otoscope, thermometer, nebulizer, audiometer, glucometer, Scoliometer, Titmus machine, Sphygmomanometer, etc. 
  • Uses clerical, copier and computer supplies, CPR and first aid supplies, medications, eye charts, gloves, protective equipment, thermometer, etc. 
  • Receives and responds to inquiries, concerns and complaints from staff, parents, medical personnel and students regarding nursing services
  • Assists with school registration events and procedures
  • May teach growth and development classes for assigned grade(s) and/or provide related information to parents

 

General Job Functions

GENERAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Is punctual and maintains regular attendance
  • Has the ability to plan, organize and prioritize daily assignments and work activities 
  • Maintains a clean and orderly work environment
  • Assists in upholding and enforcing school rules, administrative regulations, and board policies
  • Keeps abreast of developments and innovations in the profession; attends training, conferences, workshops, seminars, etc., to enhance job knowledge and skill
  • Participates in school staff development programs as assigned by the Principal
  • Interacts and communicates with various groups and individuals (such as parents, staff, students, school administrators, service providers and the general public)
  • Performs routine office tasks as required, including but not limited to preparing reports and correspondences, copying and filing documents, answering the telephone, sending and receiving faxes and emails, entering and retrieving computer data, etc.
  • Recognizes and follows the appropriate procedures in the “chain of command” as designated by board policies and/or administrative procedures
  • Presents a positive image of Virtus Academy at all times
  • Willingly performs other related duties as assigned

Job Specifications

Education and Experience

Requires a Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree in nursing supplemented by one to two years of nursing experience, preferably in an educational setting, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Must be licensed to practice nursing in the state of South Carolina; must possess CPR and First Aid certifications. Must possess a valid state driver’s license.

Minimum Qualifications or Standards Required to Perform Essential Job Functions

Knowledge

  • Knowledge of the methods, policies, procedures and activities of Virtus Academy which pertain to the specific duties and responsibilities of the position  
  • Knowledge of the daily and monthly planning required for completion of job duties
  • Knows of the reports and records which must be prepared, processed and maintained to meet requirements of the job

Skills/Effort

  • Ability to maintain and interpret records and reports
  • Ability to provide training through explanation, demonstration and supervised practice
  • Ability to interact in an effective manner with co-workers, supervisor, parents, students, teachers, and the general public
  • Ability to complete the duties of the position without the need of direct supervision
  • Ability to communicate effectively by mouth and in writing using Standard English
  • Requires the ability to differentiate between colors and shades of color

Working Conditions

  • Requires ability to work under a degree of stress related to duties that require attention, and meeting deadlines
  • Requires medium work that involves walking, standing, stooping, stretching, reaching, lifting, pulling, pushing most of the time and also involves exerting between 20 and 50 pounds of force on a recurring basis, or considerable skill, adeptness and speed in the use of fingers, hands or limbs in tasks involving very close tolerances or limits of accuracy.
  • Occasional local travel is required; no overnight travel is required

Responsibility

  • No direct budgetary responsibility
  • Responsible for attending and remaining at work regularly and adheres to policies and procedures regarding attendance, absenteeism and tardiness, providing adequate notice to administration with respect to vacation time and leave requests

 

Disclaimer Statement
This job description is not intended as an employment agreement or contract. Job duties may be altered at the discretion of the Principal at any time without notice.