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Certified Nurse Specialist

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Job Details
Job Order Number
6965930
Job Description

POSITION GOAL:

To coordinate a school health program including the delivery of services to students and staff members in order to enhance health and wellness in the school community. Duties are to be performed in accordance with standards of professional school nurse practice, district/state board of education policies and procedures and Illinois State law regarding nursing practice.

QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE:

ISBE Professional Educator License endorsed for school support personnel in school nursing
• Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree
• Registered Nurse licensure, Illinois
• Current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation program completion
• Computer literacy and competency in use of existing technology
• Prior professional nursing experience, preferably pediatric, adolescent, community, emergency, or mental health nursing

PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES:

Coordination
• Develops and administers a coordinated school health program
• Collects and analyzes epidemiological and other school health information and makes recommendations based upon statistical data
• Establishes an accident / injury prevention program to facilitate school safety
• Assesses the health and safety needs of the school environment in compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines, implementing the Blood borne Pathogen Control Plan and other interventions as indicated
• Establishes a communicable disease prevention and control program in cooperation with local and state public health agencies
• Manages school health records in accordance with Illinois School Student Records Act, providing efficient retrieval of information and other related
• Participates in the development of health-related policies and procedures in compliance with state mandates and current health practices

Teaching
• Participates as a member of the curriculum committee as a resource and specialist in health issues
• Provides health related classroom instruction

Clinical Practice
• Provides and/or delegates direct professional nursing services, first aid, illness, and emergency care to students including nursing assessment, identifying health problems, making referrals for diagnosis and treatment, recommending educational modifications, providing follow-up and evaluation, and maintaining appropriate documentation
• Provides health information and counseling for students, parents, and staff
• Develops a medication protocol to safely store, administer, document, and monitor the effectiveness of medication given at school
• Maintains accurate medical records to assure compliance with state mandates including immunizations, physical examinations, and medical conditions
• Provides crisis intervention for students and staff in the advent of sudden illness or injury
• Makes appropriate assessments and referrals for suspected abuse / neglect as a mandated reporter

Health Office Management
• Maintains a user friendly and organized health services facility conducive to confidential communication and services
• Purchases and maintains health and OSHA supplies and equipment as indicated for the health office and school
• Manages and makes recommendations for the health services annual budget and critical needs requests

Communication
• Maintains communication with administrators, teachers, other school personnel, and parents / guardians to enhance cooperative action, which will meet the health and safety needs of students
• Acts as a liaison between the home, school, community health agencies and the private medical sector to enhance the health and wellness of the school community
• Maintains confidentiality regarding all school and health-related issues

Special Education / 504
• Participates as a member of the multidisciplinary team in the identification, evaluation, and placement of students into special education programs; writes the health components of the Individual Education Plan as indicated
• Recommends modifications of the school program for students who require 504 accommodations due to a health deficit
• Develops and maintains current health care plans for students who need special nursing interventions during the school day

Professional Development
• Participation as a member of her professional school nursing and education organizations is encouraged
• Utilizes continuing education opportunities to enhance professional knowledge in both nursing and education fields
• Participates as a member of the faculty on district committees and association activities
• Participates as an active member of the school community, representing health / wellness


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