School district: Oswego CUSD 308
Location: OE-Oswego East High School and LB-Longbeach Elementary
Job type: Full-time
Category: Building Nurse
Description: To provide adequate health care, using prudent nursing judgment, under the direction of the certified school nurse. To ensure proper communication with the principal and certified school nurse regarding student illness and injuries to which they have attended. To assist in creating a climate of health and well-being in the district.
- RN with current Illinois license in good standing.
- Depending on the nature of the assignment, a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing may be required
- Knowledge of the ethical and legal expectations set forth in the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics and the Illinois Nurse Practice Act.
- Current CPR/AED certification.
- Knowledge of Bloodborne Pathogen Policy and Procedures.
- Recent experience as a registered nurse (with the exception of new graduates).
- Ability to perform multiple, technical tasks with a need to periodically upgrade skills in order to meet changing job conditions. Specific skill-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: adhering to safety practices; administering first aid; ability to assess emergency situations and act accordingly; handling hazardous materials/waste; operating equipment used in clinical setting; operating standard office equipment including using pertinent software applications; and preparing and maintaining accurate records.
- Specific competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: adapting to changing work priorities; working independently and multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment; communicating with diverse groups; dealing with distraught, angry or hostile individuals; maintaining confidentiality; working as part of a team; exhibiting professional conduct , courteousness and service orientation while in contact with teachers, parents, administrators, other professionals, and students; working with detailed information/data.
- Provides direct professional nursing services, which include, but are not limited to: the administration of medication, first aid, taking care of the sick and responding to emergencies. Uses knowledge of health issues and assessment skills to determine appropriate interventions in accordance with professional nursing standards, district policy and procedures, and state and local mandates. Takes and records the temperatures of children when indicated. Stays with and comforts sick or injured children until the parent or guardian arrives.
- Completes accident/incident reports for students and staff and forwards them to the district office in a timely manner.
- Keeps a complete, daily, electronic log of all student injuries and illness seen by the Building Nurse. (Date, time, name, grade, teacher, nature of illness or injury, treatment) Initiates contact with and acts as liaison between home and school to enhance the health and wellness of the school community.
- Is aware of and follows Illinois Department of Public Health rules and regulations regarding communicable disease policies. Notifies nursing supervisors, building administrators, teachers, other school personnel, and parents/guardians to enhance cooperative action which will meet the health and safety needs of students and staff.
- Evaluates and maintains student health records for compliance and follows Illinois Department of Public Health rules and regulations for immunizations, physical examinations, sports physicals, dental and eye examinations and the related archival responsibilities, both physically and electronically.
- Administers daily and PRN medications under district guidelines. Educates students on the proper way to take these medications. Acts as a resource for staff regarding their students’ medication as it relates to their academic/behavioral performance.
- Formulates a confidential list of students’ health concerns. Distributes list to teachers on a need to know basis.
- Makes phone contact with the parents of students who are absent and not called in by the parent or guardian, if school requests.
- Works with attendance specialists in evaluating excessive absences/tardiness of students.
- Arranges and performs mandated vision/hearing screenings, if IDPH certified. Conducts rescreens, referrals and follow-up, complete data of those screened. If not IDPH vision/hearing certified, assists certified vision and hearing
- Serves as an active member of the PPST. The Building Nurse brings medical and attendance information to the team which may be important to the academic/behavioral performance of the student being evaluated. As part of the students MDC – the Building Nurse obtains the health history from the parent, does the vision and hearing screening and presents the information at the students Multiple Disciplinary Conference. The Health History is to be signed by the Building Nurse and reviewed and signed by the Certified School Nurse.
- Assists with planning, scheduling and coverage for health related programs.
- Provides health counseling as needed for staff, students and parents.
- Maintains a professional, organized, clean environment in the health office. Orders supplies as necessary to keep the health office running efficiently and effectively.
- Follows district and OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Rules and Regulations. Acts as a resource to staff regarding these guidelines.
- Informs Principal or certified nurse of any unusual student health concerns or circumstances as they occur.
- Performs other health or job-related work as assigned.