The Reporting to the School Nurse Manager, the Primary School Nurse is responsible for all issues relating to the health and welfare of the Primary School students during their attendance at school. The Primary School Nurse serves as a liaison to parents on health and wellness issues and provides education/training on health issues to students, staff and families.
Duties and Responsibilities
Administer first aid to students, staff, and visitors as needed.
Provide a comfortable, restful, non-judgmental therapeutic environment for those who feel ill, anxious, or who are injured during the school day.
Maintain a log of all student visits to the health room: each entry should include time of visit, student’s reason for the visit, assessment data, any action or intervention taken, the results of the intervention, if possible, and the time of the student’s, release, return to class or departure from school.
Provide a confidential environment where students and staff can discuss health concerns.
Update and monitor student health records through the school’s online platform.
Communicate with parents, guardians, and administration any serious accident or illness involving a child during the school day; or any illness or accident that a student sustained outside of school but requires attention for at school as it affects a student’s ability to perform at school.
Provide guidance to parents and staff regarding accommodations that may be necessary at school or outside evaluations that may be helpful in promoting a student’s/ staff’s health and well-being.
Communicate with staff any health issues that might affect classroom behavior or performance, as permitted.
Advise attendance staff when a student leaves school because of illness or injury.
Complete incident reports for students or staff as appropriate.
Maintain an inventory of supplies necessary for carrying out health room function and maintain a clean office space.
Remain current on District of Columbia laws related to school health.
Remain current on the most up-to-date research and practices in children’s health.
Maintain a professional relationship with area pediatricians and DC Department of Health officials.
Communicate with the PE/Athletic staff and Athletic Trainer regarding students with illness or injuries.
Work in conjunction with the School Nurse Manager to support the health needs of the school
Work in conjunction with the school counselors and PS administrative team to support the health needs of the division.
Execute work online when directed and needed to include deliverables: meeting and collaborating online with team members and supervisor(s), fulfilling duties and responsibilities via approved online platforms, meeting assignment goals in a timely fashion, and maintaining a positive online presence in representing the School.
Duties Related to Medication Administration:
Maintain OTC and RX medications in an appropriately secure and safe place.
Maintain appropriate Permission to Administer Medication forms signed by the appropriate parties.
Safely administer medications to students and staff who become ill during the school day, who have been ill and require a course of medication including doses during school hours, or to students who have conditions requiring regular daily medications.
Maintain an accurate record of date, time, dose, route, and indication for all medications administered.
Notify parents when students’ medications are low or expired so that they may be replaced.
Train staff in the proper administration of emergency medications (inhalers, epi pens) and in the proper administration of other medications as needed for overnight trips.
Duties performed as needed:
Notify appropriate community members when a student/staff member contracts a communicable disease.
Provide information to teachers, administrators, parents or students on health-related matters that may arise during the year.
Serve as a resource to the school administration on health and disaster planning related matters.
Develop care plans for illnesses and conditions requiring accommodations during the school day.
Communicate with student/staff physicians and therapists regarding appropriate treatments and accommodations.
Prior to overnight field trips, send letters to parents regarding medications on trips, collect and log in all medications turned in by parents, complete a MAR for each trip.
Perform other duties as required.
A minimum of 3 years of nursing experience is preferred.
Registered Nurse (RN) license and current DC nursing license is required.
CPR, AED and First AID certification
About Washington International School
Founded in 1966, Washington International School is a private, non-profit, Preschool-12 school profoundly committed to its mission: to be an exemplary learning community—enriched by differences, informed through inquiry, global in reach. Serving its full community of 900 plus students on two campuses, the school is multinational, multicultural, and multilingual.
The school’s challenging international program draws on classroom-based research on pedagogical practices and curriculum design from renowned organizations such as the International Baccalaureate (IB) and Project Zero, based in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. From Preschool through Grade 5 students follow the inquiry-based IB Primary Years Program; in Grades 6-10 they continue with a multidisciplinary and inquiry-based approach designed to enhance understanding and develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the prestigious IB Diploma Program (DP). All students in Grades 11 and 12 are enrolled in the DP, which prepares them to take exams to receive the International Baccalaureate Diploma in addition to a WIS diploma. IB Diploma results are well above the worldwide pass rate, and WIS gra...duates attend highly selective colleges and universities in both the United States (about two-thirds in a typical year) and abroad.
Commitment to the intensive study of a second language is a core principle, with Pre-School, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes taught entirely in French or Spanish. All instruction in Grades 1-5 is “dual language” in English and either French or Spanish. Chinese is an option beginning in Grade 6. Typically, one half to three-quarters of WIS graduates earn the Bilingual IB Diploma, demonstrating fluency in two languages.
The entire school community – alumni, parents, students, teachers, administrators and staff – are ardent advocates for international education. WIS has played a prominent role in setting a standard for a global perspective that many schools now emulate.
The school culture is highly egalitarian, with a strong emphasis on collaboration and understanding differing points of view. There is no typical WIS family: some households consist only of U.S. passport holders, others are all non-U.S. passport holders and many are a mix of nationalities. In addition to this global diversity, WIS also strives to achieve economic diversity: 14% of the students receive financial assistance.