TITLE: School Nurse
REPORTS TO: Principal or designee
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: As outlined in negotiated agreement
1. Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) with:
o RN who holds an ISBE issued Professional Educator License (PEL) endorsed as school nurse(preferred); or
o RN who holds or obtains the designation for Individualized Education Program (IEP) privileges by a non-PEL Registered Nurse and who holds at least a bachelor’s degree in nursing, education, or a related field and is able and willing to obtain PEL endorsed as school nurse as soon as possible.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: including the following. *Additional responsibilities as designated by the superintendent or designee.
To act as a promoter of health and a leader in the promotion of good physical and mental health; to be responsible for the maintenance of school health records.
1. Has the primary responsibility of determining if student meets State health examination and immunization requirements, communicates with parents about deficiencies, monitors students on schedule, records data, completes reports as mandated by State and required by District.
2. Obtains health and medical histories on child and interprets information on a “need to know” basis.
3. Is responsible for maintenance of student health records, interprets and communicates data included; responsible for various reports as required by district and State, such as summary of activities (local), vision and hearing screening reports.
4. Recommends approval of requests for medicine to be administered to students while at school in conjunction with district policy and state regulations.
5. Consults with students and parents regarding health problems; helps expedite referrals, when appropriate.
6. Provides first aid and emergency care; if necessary, notifies parents and places child under care of parent or hospital designated on emergency card.
7. Is knowledgeable about communicable disease regulations and works to identify children that need to be excluded from school; follows up with parents; reports suspected or confirmed cases as mandated by Rules and Regulations.
8. Facilitates the handling of physician’s excuses for modified or non-participation in physical education classes.
9. Assists with and/or conducts vision, hearing, tuberculin and spinal screening programs; re-screens when needed and refers for additional medical attention.
10. Screens classrooms and individual children in order to identify students who have pediculosis, ringworm, scabies, and impetigo; excludes children when necessary; works with parents and school staff in disease prevention and control.
11. Acts as consultant for teachers and other staff members; assists with or conducts special health education programs such as those concerned with dental health, menstruation, and sex education.
12. Acts as a member of the team for reporting suspected child abuse/neglect cases; follows district policy and district procedures for reporting suspected child abuse or neglect cases to DCFS.
13. Serves as a consultant to the administrator, teacher, parents, and students in regard to health needs of students.
14. Participates in referral process and staffings and conferences for placement of students in special education.
15. Assists with the formulation of standard health service procedures to be utilized in District.
16. Is responsible for maintaining building health services facilities, equipment, and supplies.
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 stand, walk, sit, bend, write, type, speak, and listen. In addition the employee may occasionally be required to bend, twist, reach and climb. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, peripheral and distant vision. Ability to work in office environment, sitting, standing, light lifting (up to 25 lbs), filing, operate office machines and computer, communicate with staff and others. Occasional lifting, otherwise non-demanding office activities.
The statements in this job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work to be performed by (an) individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities related to the position. This job description will be reviewed periodically as duties and responsibilities change with business necessity and School Board Policy and procedures. Essential and marginal job functions are subject to modification.