Guilford County Schools
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Nurse Specialist I-Social Services
at Guilford County Schools
GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES
The Nurse Specialist provides intermediate level professional nursing work in providing primary, preventive and rehabilitative care to individuals in a public health clinical or community setting. Work is performed under the direction of a Nurse Services Supervisor.
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
The Nurse Specialist I independently assesses patient needs for nursing care or medical intervention. Work is performed in a clinical setting, in homes, schools, day care centers and business and industry. Employee assesses needs, develops basic nursing care plans and patient goals, explains physician findings and ascertains that instructions are being followed. Employees must differentiate levels of patient criticality to identify crisis situations requiring physician or agency intervention. Nurse may be assigned as a lead worker from time to time.
- Examples of Duties
- Provide professional assessments of the clients physical, social, and environmental needs by conducting Health Status Assessments (HSA) within the AASD/In-Home Aide unit.
- Develop and carry out a plan of care to best meet the client's needs by completing the HSA and by conducting regular evaluations (quarterly and as needed) to assess level changes and any need to alter the Task Plan using the form designated for this purpose.
- Conduct home visits with the Social Worker and educate the worker, the In-Home Aide, the client, and/or the client's family members/guardian concerning the care, level of functioning, medical orders, routines, and dietary treatment plans.
- Typical Qualifications
- Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor's degree (BSN), which includes 0-6 months of professional nursing experience in a public health setting or related environment
- Associate's degree (ADN) with two years experience in a public health setting or related environment.
- Additional training in specialty area may be required.
- Position will be located in GSO; however, may serve clients who live in HP
Necessary Special Qualifications
- Possession of a current license to practice as a Registered Nurse issued by the North Carolina Board of Nursing and such other qualifications which may be prescribed by the State Department of Health.
- Supplemental Information
Physical Demands And Work Condition
Sits, walks and stands during a workday.
Must be able to physically perform the basic life support functions of walking, fingering, grasping, talking, hearing, and repetitive motions.
Must be able to lift patients (children) and objects up to 30 pounds as required for some positions.
Must have the visual acuity to record observations and physical assessments of clients, to read and interpret test results, administer immunizations/prescription dosages, and record medical findings.
Nurse may occasionally be in contact with difficult patients.
Nurses may be exposed to infection from disease-bearing patients, and specimens.
Employees will have periodic exposure to hazards in the field (driving, rural or inner-city settings, inclement weather, clients).
Work conditions may be mildly disagreeable if working in poor home environments or with difficult patients.
This generic class description gives an overview of the job class, its essential job functions, and recommended job requirements. However, for each individual position assigned to this class, there is available a completed job description with a physical abilities checklist which can give further details about that one specific position. These documents should be reviewed before initiating a selection process. They can provide additional detailed information on which to base various personnel actions and can assist management in making legal defensible personnel decisions.