Full Time District Lead Nurse – Rock Island-Milan School District

School District: Rock Island-Milan School District

Location: Rock Island, IL

Job Type: Full-Time Position

Position Title: District Lead Nurse

Category: BSN with Professional Educator License

Description: Under the direction of the Director of Student Services, the District Lead Nurse is responsible for overseeing the individual health needs of students; implementing healthcare plans directed by physicians; ensuring district healthcare practices comply with the laws relating to student health issues; providing appropriate immediate care for ill, medically fragile and injured students; and serving as a health care resource to teachers, staff, and administrators; conducting mandated health screenings and identifying health problems for referral to appropriate parties for proper follow-up treatment.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities: Duties are to be performed in accordance with the standards of professional school nurse practice, district/state board of education policies and procedures, and Illinois State law regarding nursing practice.

● Prepares a variety of reports
● Provides reimbursement data to the State
● Follows District guidelines on administering medication and manages emergency protocols
● Reports students with contagious diseases to local public health authorities to minimize
infection and comply with the law
● Follows health protocols and procedures, maintains up-to-date health records, and has the Lead
nurses’ office efficiently organized.
● Assists with OSHA guidelines in the health field

Clinical Practice:
● Develop forms by State laws and district policies that align with Illinois State Board of Education
(ISBE) guidance for consistency in nursing practices districtwide
● Monitors student immunization records, oversees building nurses with State compliance
● Manages nursing coverage district-wide and for medically fragile students
● Identifies health problems and makes referrals for diagnosis and treatment and monitors the
effectiveness of medication given to students
● Provides and delegates direct professional nursing services, first aid, illness, and emergency staff
care to students and staff, including nursing assessment
● Develops a medication protocol to safely store, administer, document, and maintain accurate
medical records to assure compliance with state mandates
● Manages and coordinates clinics for shots, physicals, hearing and vision screening, including
Immunizations, physical examinations, vision, dental and medical conditions
● Conducts individual assessment of student needs and makes educational modifications
providing follow-ups and evaluations
● Point of contact for flu shots, GKAS, Head Start outside health agencies
● Makes appropriate assessments and referrals for suspected abuse/neglect as a mandated

▪ Create and administer nurse competencies for each nurse on essential tasks required across the
▪ Evaluates the performance of district nurses and other healthcare providers
▪ Identifies infractions that violate nurse practice and reports to building administrators, and
applies the appropriate disciplinary actions when necessary
▪ Manages the interview and selection process for nurses
▪ Monitors nursing attendance to assist in sub-coverage
▪ Coordinates the student nurses’ clinical rotation

● Keep nurses up-to-date with current trends and in line with best practice guidelines from the
Association of School Nurses.
● Conducts health-related classroom instruction and ensures that all nurses have the appropriate
training in areas of critical importance/mandatory training
● Provides staff in-service programs on health topics, including blood-borne
pathogens, CPR Certification Training, the district exposure plan, allergy response, seizure
emergencies, diabetes management, asthma, and other health conditions that may impact the
school community.

● Maintains communication with RNs, administrators, teachers, and other school
personnel, and parents/guardians to enhance cooperative action, which will meet the health and safety needs of children
● Initiates contact with/and 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
● Collaborates with other school personnel to develop services for students and maintains positive and productive relationships with colleagues
● Have mandatory meetings with the nurses at least quarterly to clarify expectations for each quarter (i.e., having guest speakers and refreshers on vital restorative practices and legal updates).

Special Education:
● Provides case management of assigned 504 plans and communicates accommodations to staff
● Participates as a member of the multidisciplinary team in the identification,
evaluation, and placement of students into the Individual Problem Solving
process (IPS/RTI), 504 plan, and/or Special Education programs
● Participates as a member of the building SAT/SST team
● Writes the health component of the Individual Education Plan as indicated for nurses awaiting
appropriate certification
● Recommends modifications of the school program for students who require accommodations due to a health deficit
● Develops, implements, and maintains current health care plans for students who need special nursing interventions during the school day

Professional Development
● Participates as a member of her professional school nursing and education organizations and utilizes continuing education opportunities to enhance professional knowledge in both nursing and education fields.
● Contributes as a member of the faculty on district committees and association

● As a member of the faculty, participates in district committees and association activities
● Participates as an active member of the school community, representing health/wellness.
● Aligns IEP Designee and Vision and Hearing Training for all qualified district nurses.
Create and maintain a health webpage on the district’s website that provides information:
▪ On health in a school setting
▪ Reminders to parents on upcoming events as well as deadlines for shots, physicals, dental and vision exams
▪ Links to legal rulings regarding school health
▪ District’s policies on various health issues and how they are handled
▪ To promote transparency and consistency, ensure that all health-related forms are available
for printing

Required Education:
● BSN baccalaureate degree Licensed as a registered professional nurse in Illinois
● Professional Educator License (PEL) with endorsement in School Nursing
● Master’s Degree (preferred)

Certifications and Licenses:
● Illinois Type 73 Pupil Personnel Services Certificate
● Illinois Registered Nurse Licensure
● Professional Educator License (PEL)
● Illinois certification as a Vision and Hearing Screening technician
● Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/AED program completion

Required Experience/ Qualifications
● Registered Nurse with IEP/504 designation
● Four years of experience as a nurse
● One year experience in a lead or supervisory role
● Prior professional nursing experience, preferably pediatric, adolescent, community, or
Mental health nursing and health program management
● Experience working and interacting with people/children of diverse backgrounds
● Computer literacy and competency in the use of existing technology

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
▪ Knowledge of child and adolescent health/development
▪ Demonstrates medical knowledge and skill in nursing techniques
▪ Understanding of health standards and hazardous methods of industrial cleaning
▪ Computer skills….Google Docs or Microsoft Office
▪ Ability to solve problems and make decisions
▪ Demonstrates the ability to work with a variety of ethnicities
▪ Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with administrators, community, staff, and

Physical Demands:
The physical demands are representative of those that an employee must meet to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. Reasonable accommodations may enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Work Environment:
The work environment characteristics represent those an employee encounters while performing this job’s essential functions. Reasonable accommodations may enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. For example, the noise level for this position is usually quiet.

How to apply: Please complete the online application at: https://www.applitrack.com/risd41/onlineapp/JobPostings/view.asp?Category=Miscellaneous&subcategory=District+Lead+Nurse&AppliTrackJobId=2932&AppliTrackLayoutMode=detail&AppliTrackViewPosting=1

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled