Guilford County Schools
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School Nurse Spec I (12 MO) - High Point #10011657
at Guilford County Schools
GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES
The School Nurse Specialist provides intermediate level professional nursing work in providing primary, preventive and rehabilitative care to individuals in a public school or community setting. Work is performed independently, but under the direction of a Nurse Services Supervisor.
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
The School Nurse Specialist I independently assesses client needs for nursing care or medical intervention. Work is performed in schools, in community settings, and in a clinical setting. Employee assesses needs, develops individual health care plans and client goals, refers to physicians as needed, and ascertains that instructions are being followed. Employees must differentiate levels of client criticality to identify crisis situations requiring physician or agency intervention.
- Examples of Duties
Provide direct school health nursing services to assigned schools in the Guilford County School system. Also, provide students with primary and preventive nursing care. Assume a lead role in detecting and addressing health concerns by providing health screenings and referrals, chronic disease management, and education. Instruct and monitor pediatric nursing procedures, asthma education, medication management, immunization monitoring and follow-up, infectious disease control and surveillance, health education and counseling. Serve as a school health resource for information on school health issues while serving as a liaison between the school, parent, medical providers, and the community. This position will cover summer school sessions and extended year schools.
- Typical Qualifications
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a BS Degree in Nursing, which includes six months of professional nursing experience in a public health setting or related environment. An Associate's Degree (ADN) with 3 years' experience in a public health setting or related environment; Experience may include education in the form of workshops, certification, and/or graduate programs related to the clinical area of specialty. Additional training in specialty area may be required.
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.
Documentation of immunity to: measles, mumps, rubella, and chickenpox, per CDC recommendations. Screening/proof of Hepatitis B immunity, as recommended by the CDC.
Bachelor's degree in Nursing with completion of National School Nurse Certification, OR Bachelor's degree in Nursing and at least two years' experience working in school nursing and pediatric nursing.
Individuals, employed in a local health department, without a BS Degree which includes a Public Health Nursing rotation will be required to complete a Public Health Nurse training program as a condition of continued employment in accordance with Health Services Commission Rule.
- Supplemental Information
Physical Demands and Work Condition
Sits, walks and stands during a workday. Practices good body mechanics.
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 clients (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 clients.
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 clients.
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.