Lake Forest Academy’s school nurses work during the academic year, beginning with summer school registration through the end of the academic year, and report to the Assistant Head of School/Dean of Students.
The school nurse is held responsible to assess, identify and treat health disorders among students and provide instruction in the maintenance of good health, wellness and disease prevention. The nurse must evaluate the physical conditions of students and refer students to appropriate resources as needed. Decisions made by this employee require discretionary judgment and analysis.
Primary responsibilities include:
Demonstrate clinical competency in school nursing practice: Recognize changes in student’s physical and mental condition and take appropriate action. Adapt nursing care interventions to the student’s physical condition, emotional status, and developmental achievement.
Maintain confidential records, HIPAA compliance, student insurance information, health findings, and other relevant health data
Comply with federal, state and local health regulations
Maintain Electronic Medical Records through Magnus in coordination with the DOS office
Ensure that every student has a yearly physical and that current requirements are met for immunizations in Illinois
Review all medical records, identify health issues and communicate with appropriate personal/prior to and throughout the academic year
Work with school guidance counselors, seminar program and athletic trainers regarding student health education
Make referrals for students to outside health care providers, dentists, eye care etc.
Assess, plan, evaluate and follow up on all nursing care given on campus
Decide what medication needs to be administered in light of a student’s symptoms and their parents wishes stated in Magnus
Provide verbal, written and internet health education
Provide emotional support as needed and refer students to the counselors when appropriate
Treat life threatening allergic reactions
Administration of daily prescription medications, including psychotropics and controlled substances
Ensure that prescription medications are available for students by coordinating with the family or pharmacy
Coordinate doctor’s appointments for students according to their school schedules.
Transportation of students for medical appointments
Provide care and comfort to students in the infirmaries and keep parents apprised as necessary
Assist with employee workplace accidents/injuries as needed and report to HR
Participate in registration of all students student at summer school, pre-season and start of school
Maintain paper file system for summer school students
Schedule immunization for students who are not compliant
Coordinate Vaccine Day 3-4 times a year on-site for easy access for students
Manage and send out a list of students with allergies or special illnesses
Provide education to faculty as needed ie., Narcan and Epipen use
Work closely with Purchasing Director to negotiate vendor agreements
Regularly order prescription and OTC medications
Order medical and food supplies used for students and dorm kits, as well as linens for the infirmaries
Provide nightly reports to ensure continuity of care
Communication with the DOS office frequently during the day to ensure the whereabouts of the students are known
Communication with medical offices, families, faculty and staff
Develop a schedule that ensures proper coverage of the office and continuity of care
Report Amex expenses to the DOS and Business Office
Maintain RN licensure, CPR certification and other professional development as recommended by Lake Forest Academy and NASN/IASN
Other duties as assigned
The school nurse must have an active license as a registered nurse
A minimum of a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited college or university
Certification from the National Board of Certification of School Nurses is preferred
Must be able to navigate a multi-building campus in all weather conditions
Must be able to read, write and verbally communicate to employees, students, parents and medical professionals
Must be able to lift up to 50lbs as needed
Must be able to bend, kneel, squat, reach, lift and stand for long periods of time
Lake Forest Academy offers a competitive compensation and benefits package that includes full medical and dental coverage, retirement benefit, and other benefits. Full-time nurses at Lake Forest Academy are salaried exempt staff and eligible for full benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience and workload. Part-time nurses are paid per hour and are not benefit eligible, working less than 20 hours per week on average.
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About Lake Forest Academy
Founded in 1857, Lake Forest Academy is a coed, boarding school serving 430 academically bright and motivated students in grades 9 to 12 from across the globe. The Academy offers a rigorous curriculum focused on academic excellence and characterized by small classes and close faculty/student interaction. The school's mission of educational excellence is founded on the four pillars of character, scholarship, citizenship, and responsibility. The LFA community places students at the center of their own learning and provides the support needed to develop confidence and strong values. Please visit our website http://www.lfanet.org/ for more information about us.