The job of School Nurse was established for the purpose/s of assessing the health needs of students; developing and evaluating program care plans and individual health plans, incorporating input from parent and/or physician; complying with the laws relating to student health, including parental and guardian consent; providing appropriate care for ill, and/or injured students; providing health information and serving as a resource to parents, teachers, staff, and administrators; and identifying health problems for referral for proper treatment. Provide acute, chronic, episodic and emergency health care to students, and emergency care for staff. This job reports to the School Director.
(These are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.)
Administer first aid to staff / students, medication, health screenings and specialized medical treatments for the purpose of providing appropriate care for ill and/or injured children in accordance with State laws, Montgomery County Public School regulations, Montgomery County Health Dept., and Rochambeau policies. Assist with health screening and provide evaluation of symptoms, isolation, and collaboration with Health Department, as needed. Contact doctors and health care providers as needed. Take verbal orders from doctors and do follow-up paperwork as required.
Administer screenings for the purpose of referring medical conditions and/or providing appropriate care for ill and/or injured children.
Assess situations involving students' safety, abuse (physical, emotional, sexual, drug) and other health related issues for the purpose of identifying problems, referring for proper treatment and complying with legal requirements. Conduct in-service training for faculty and staff for medical health related issues and training of particular staff as needed to support students with specific health care needs.
Keep lines of communication open between nurse and teachers, nurse and administration, nurse and parents, and nurse and guidance counseling department.
Collaborate with agencies and other school members to conduct site assessments (e.g. health issues, student health records, emergency preparedness, building/grounds environments, building facilities) for the purpose of identifying issues and/or providing recommendations for improving safety and accessibility.
Promote and assist in the control of communicable diseases through preventive immunization programs, early detection, surveillance and reporting of contagious diseases.
Collaborate with parents, students, teachers, staff, health care providers, and/or public agencies for the purpose of promoting and/or securing student health services, providing information and complying with legal requirements.
Delegate nursing tasks to CNA-MT staff and other staff with medication administration certification and may provide staffing coverage at other campuses as needed.
Conduct age appropriate programs and/or activities in conjunction with classroom curriculum for the purpose of supporting established lesson plans. Coordinate presentations by various agencies and professionals on pertinent health care topics for school staff.
Provide guidance to students and families on health conditions and lifestyle issues (e.g. mental health, pregnancy, emotional abuse, sexually transmitted disease, substance abuse) for the purpose of facilitating a healthier student population. Participates in committee work as needed.
Develop individual student health care and emergency care plans for students with special needs for the purpose of providing direction to site personnel and/or implementing programs in consultation with parents, physicians, guidance counseling team or other multidisciplinary team on health-related concerns and programs.
Implement health care plans for students with health problems for the purpose of meeting the needs of students with chronic health problems and/or accommodation requirements. Records and maintains current immunizations, health findings, and other relevant health data in school information system.
Prepare periodic reports. It is extremely important to document school nursing activities. An annual report should summarize data in the monthly reports. Assist with annual budget process.
Maintain contact with parents/guardians for the purpose of advising them of changes in student health and/or recommending further medical and/or emotional intervention.
Maintain student’s confidential files and records (e.g. health care plans, referrals, accident reports, immunization records, or other required school documentation) for the purpose of providing information required by legal requirements and professional standards. Maintain and safeguard confidentiality of information of students and colleagues.
Monitor students referred for illness and/or injury for the purpose of attending to their immediate health care concerns and initiating follow-up care.
Orders supplies and materials as needed for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the work unit.
Participate in a variety of meetings, workshops and seminars, Individual Educational Plan meetings, and interdisciplinary teams for the purpose of gathering, conveying and/or sharing information on student health needs, service delivery, and educational programs, and/or improving skills and knowledge.
Provide care to students with chronic illnesses and extremely high-risk students e.g. allergies, asthma, diabetes, seizures for the purpose of assisting the child in achieving the highest possible functional level. Pack meds for field trips to be included with class list.
Provide training on a variety of health-related subjects (e.g. First Aid, AED, Epi-Pen, disaster preparedness, child abuse, health education, medication management, policies and procedures, substance abuse, growth and development, food allergies, OSHA, hygiene, or other required training by the school) for the purpose of promoting a healthy lifestyle and/or acting as a resource to students, teachers, and other school personnel.
Refer students requiring additional medical attention for the purpose of providing required follow-up treatment and services.
Report health and safety issues to Head of School and or campus school director, and safety committee (e.g. altercations, suspected child or substance abuse, contagious diseases, or other mandated incidents) for the purpose of maintaining staff and students’ personal safety, a positive learning environment and complying with regulatory requirements and established guidelines.
Research a variety of topics relating to health and medical care (e.g. wellness, nutrition, treatment protocols, childhood diseases) for the purpose of providing information to staff, students, and parents. Keep informed on health concerns in the community.
Respond to emergency medical situations (e.g. falls, seizures, prescription reactions, bleeding, or other health service events) for the purpose of ensuring appropriate immediate medical attention and related follow-up action. Wears appropriate PPE.
Report unsafe work conditions to the attention of immediate supervisor, HR or Facilities Director.
Commitment to Rochambeau’s vision, mission, values and strategic aims.
Undertake any other reasonable task as required (competence permitting).
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Graduate from an accredited nursing program required, Bachelor of Nursing Degree preferred. Experience in pediatrics and/or public health nursing preferred. Must be licensed as a registered nurse in the state of Maryland and in good standing with the Maryland Board of Nursing. A minimum of three to five years nursing experience and experience in community health, pediatrics, emergency care and triage, psychiatry, and/or a physician's office preferred. Active Basic Life Support BLS CPR/AED for Healthcare Providers certification with hands?on training required. A comparable amount of training and experience may be substituted for the minimum qualifications. Teach and certify staff in CPR/First Aid/AED/Epi-Pen desired. Bilingual in French and English desired.
Requires standing, sitting, repetitious hand and body movements, simple grasping, pushing pulling, fine motor and gross motor skills, bending, lifting, squatting, kneeling, climbing, and reaching. Ability to lift students as required and has the stamina to stand all day, every day of the week as needed. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential tasks.
Work Schedule: Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand. The School RN position requires the incumbent to a 4-week flexible summer schedule (example: work 2 weeks after the end of the school year and return 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the school year) to insure immunization records and other standards are current.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Ability to use health service/medical equipment; possess basic pharmacological knowledge; ability to assess emergency situations and act accordingly; comfortable knowledge of universal procedures and ability to teach this to others; good oral and written communication skills; basic computer skills; willing attitude to be a part of the school team; strong sense of professionalism; other skills and requirements expected include management and organizational ability, common sense, motivation, positive attitude; and the ability/willingness to participate in ongoing professional and staff development, both independently and through system offered opportunities.
About Rochambeau, The French International School
Rochambeau, located in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, is an independent non-profit school, accredited by the French Ministry of Education and operating within the convention with the Agency for French Teaching Abroad (AEFE). As a member of this unique network of nearly 500 schools in 135 countries worldwide, we offer the best of an education system acclaimed for the breadth of its program and its teaching of skill, providing its students with critical thinking, discipline and rigor. Rochambeau is the only school in Washington DC and its surroundings to provide preschool through 12th grade education based on a unique combination of the French programs and a high quality English program.