The Hill School Mission: The Hill School prepares young people from across the country and around the world for college, careers, and life. Within a family school environment and a rigorous liberal arts curriculum, we challenge our young people to work hard; think and reason; be fulfilled; serve the common good; and be prepared to lead as citizens of the world, uniquely guided by our motto, “Whatsoever Things Are True.”
Department: Wellness Center
Position Title: School Nurse
Reports To: Director of Wellness
Status: Non-Exempt, Academic Year Full Time Employee
The Hill School seeks a full-time (32-36 hours per week when school is in session) Registered Nurse to join a dynamic team of nursing professionals to work in a 9-12th grade boarding school health center. The Hill School is a residential boarding school with approximately 540 high school students from around the country and across the world. In this unique setting, the nurse is responsible to assess, identify and treat acute, chronic, and urgent health conditions among students according to standing orders, as well as to provide health, wellness, and disease prevention education during student interactions in the Wellness Center. Decisions made by this employee require discretionary, evidence-based judgment and analysis. The nurse should have considerable knowledge of adolescent health and be comfortable working independently; although the staffing structure is well supported by a Nurse Practitioner, a School Physician, and other nurses. A provider is always available on call.
The Wellness Center is open 24/7 during the 32 weeks of our Academic Year. This position involves a combination of day and evening shifts, including some weekend shifts. This position has a four day per week work schedule. In addition, this position will also require the nurse to have flexibility to rotate to all shifts, if needed.
Responsibilities and Qualifications
Primary focus of the School Nurse Per Diem includes but are not limited to the following:
Provides care to students who seek assistance with health and wellness concerns of an acute and/or chronic nature;
Provides first aid care, urgent care, and overall nursing interventions as directed by
Wellness Center protocols and standing orders;
Competently utilizes nursing assessment and interventions to support chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and epilepsy;
Maintains confidentiality of student medical information and competent use of electronic health record keeping;
Provides professional, interdisciplinary, and collegial communication with Hill School nurses, providers, athletic trainers, and counseling clinicians;
Confidentially corresponds with parents, coaches, Dean of Students, dorm parents, and advisers on healthcare needs of students, when indicated.
Ideally, a candidate will be a Registered Nurse (BSN preferred) with a current license to practice in the state of Pennsylvania and preferably have a background in pediatric, adolescent, public health and/or School Nursing. This individual must be CPR certified with a working knowledge base of EpiPen administration, Blood Borne Pathogen protocol, and Narcan administration. Experience and demonstrated success working with diverse student communities is preferred, but not required.
This position requires the ability to perform physical tasks essential to the nursing role. The position will use a computer, including keyboard and monitor throughout each workday. Some bending, lifting, twisting, squatting is required. Visual acuity to type, read, and recognize students is required. Hearing ability is required to communicate with co-workers, students, and parents in person and via telephone.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledgeable in Adolescent Health;
Working knowledge of Federal, State, and Local laws and regulations affecting the delivery of school health services;
Knowledge of the Hill School and community served;
Ability to implement and maintain electronic health records on students;
Ability to communicate professionally with colleagues, students, faculty, and families;
Ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships while also working independently and collegially with all members of the Wellness Center Team
Attitude and Demeanor
Publicly support the mission and vision of The Hill School in a positive and professional manner.
Work as a dynamic team member in a professional collaborative environment.
Energetic and organized enough to thrive in an extremely fast-paced environment while collaborating with a growing team to produce great work.
Ability to wear many hats, learn new things every day, and have the ability to switch from a variety of roles with ease and excitement.
Communicate effectively with warmth, sensitivity, humor, and understanding as they deal with administrative colleagues, teachers, students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and program associates.
Possess a “service attitude” - willingness to be flexible to meet the needs of the department and school.
Since its founding in 1851 and for 168 years, The Hill School has provided a traditional liberal arts education to its students. Although The Hill’s curriculum continues to evolve, we have never strayed very far from a proven, rigorous blend of humanities, classics and modern languages, social sciences, mathematics, science, and the arts. For our students, we have prioritized broad knowledge in our steadfast belief that this comprehensive foundation best prepares students for “college, careers, and life.”
The Hill School also has begun implementing an ambitious STEM curriculum, which includes one of the most extensive secondary school engineering programs in the nation. We have bolstered our fine arts programs with courses in digital media, video production, design technology, rapid prototyping and fabrication, and design thinking. And, we are offering pre-professional, co-curricular programs in business and entrepreneurship.
Over the coming years, we will continue to affirm what we already do very well while honing curricular and co-curricular programs such as leadership training, service learning, experiential education, and interdisciplinary studies. We will find improve...d ways to teach all Hill students 21st century skills such as critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration and leading, agility and adaptability, initiative and entrepreneurship, effective oral and written communication, accessing and analyzing data, and curiosity and imagination. We are working with our Faculty and Staff to become both the most traditional and the most innovative boarding school in the country, simultaneously.
The Hill was founded as The Family Boarding School and when you visit campus, you might note that we are still a bit traditional, despite our emphasis on innovation! We follow a dress code, our students regularly sit down with faculty members for family-style meals, we gather twice a week at Chapel for thoughtful reflection; many of our students study Latin and Greek; and we pride ourselves on a student-written Honor Code and demanding code of conduct. We enjoy historic and blossoming traditions such as 130-year-old athletics rivalries, revered a cappella vocal groups, school-wide service projects, community team-building events, small group meetings with caring faculty advisers, and a very special jump in the Dell pond after graduation!
Over the next three to five years, the Hill School is set to achieve several accomplishments sure to leave their mark on the School’s history. The School’s Advancement Office is a 25 person-strong organization driven to achieve the goals set forth in the current “Strength of All” capital campaign which is entering its fourth year of the five- to seven-year campaign. The capital campaign will fund many efforts, including a significant increase in our financial aid and faculty compensation endowment. In 2018-2019, we expanded the seating capacity of our historic dining hall and completely renovated our food service and preparation areas used by our food service contractor, Sodexo. In 2019-2020, the School will construct the Quadrivium Center (a STEM facility) where our science, engineering, computer science and mathematics classes will be housed. The School has developed property adjacent to our main campus by recently erecting beautiful new homes for our faculty in our East Faculty Village. This Faculty Housing expansion is likely to continue with additional property available for housing construction to ensure The Hill School offers the very best of this important housing benefit to our residential faculty. One of our most ambitious goals is to be a driving force in the economic revitalization of Pottstown and our immediate neighborhood and through our Hobart’s Run Community Development program and participation in Pottstown CARES, we are finding traction in ways both small and large.