School Nurse – Part Time

July 7, 2024

Job Description

Reports to: Clinical Director

The Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School (O-School) is a Therapeutic Day School for children K-12 with a variety of diagnoses and needs including, but not limited to, Autism, Anxiety, Depression, Mood Disorders and other mental health needs that have impacted a child’s ability to attend and fully participate within an academic setting. The Day School can enroll up to 125 students and also operates a Summer Camp and Diagnostic Center. The School is accredited through the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and adheres to all health and safety requirements and codes of practice. Additionally, the School adheres to the Illinois Mental Health Confidentiality Act (IMHDDCA) and follows guidelines of best practice as outlined by ISBE, AdvancEd and other accrediting agencies.

Summary And Essential Functions

Many students have experienced psychiatric hospitalizations and some students exhibit mild to moderate illness related to ongoing conditions such as asthma and diabetes. Numerous students take prescription medication and at times require attention for injuries, illnesses, colds and other common symptoms. The School employs a Medical Director who monitors ongoing health conditions and a Full-Time Nurse. The Medical Director is on-site once monthly, and a Nurse is available throughout all hours of school operations and programming, including Camp and After School Programming. The School’s Consulting Psychiatrist is on-site once every other week.

Responsibilities

Direct Care: 50%

• Support and lead schoolwide health initiatives and wellness including but not limited to communicable diseases, protocol development; and,
• Administer and track student medications daily and on ongoing basis: and,
• Assist the Full-Time Nurse in all aspects of daily practice and routine and assume those roles when the Full-Time Nurse is absent; and,
• Provide daily assistance and care to students regarding symptomology, injury, seizure, or other medical needs; and,
• Consult with Medical Director regularly regarding student care and community practices.

Adherence to State Guidelines and Best Practice: 25%

• Maintain current and accurate student records regarding student Health and Dental exams, Immunizations, Vision and Hearing Screenings, Psychiatric consultation; and,
• Monitor student safety in the event of Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI); and,
• Oversee medication storage and management including First Aid kits; and,
• Keep abreast of ISBE guidelines, recommendations, and reporting requirements to ensure compliance; and,
• Exhibit familiarity with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and support any medical plans developed within that process including but not limited to asthma and diabetes; and,
• Train members of faculty when appropriate (to facilitate outings, programmatic events, and emergency planning).

General Communication: 10%

• Maintain regular communication with Parents and Guardians; and,
• Consult regularly with Medical Director as needed and during regular monthly consultation; and,
• Interact with Consulting Psychiatrist at bi-weekly meetings; and,
• Exchange information when appropriate with external members of students’ Treatment Teams, Stakeholders, School Districts; and,
• Input data and contribute to reports using the Electronic Medical Record system; and,
• Attend school faculty meetings and interact and support colleagues as medical questions arise.

Milieu Support 10%

• Participate in all school activities throughout the year; and,
• Be present throughout the school on a daily basis providing guidance, oversight and interacting with faculty, students and families; and,
• Serve as role model in terms of team collaboration, program engagement and student interaction.

Other Responsibilities as Assigned 5%

Qualifications

Registered Nurse (RN) with minimum of five years of experience working directly with children and their families required. ISBE professional educator licensure (PEL) with an endorsement in school nursing required, or evidence that PEL is in process, e.g., proof of enrollment, copy of deficiency notice from ISBE. Proficiency in Microsoft Suite and other Electronic Medical Records and Platforms required. Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity required.

Essential Skills

The ideal candidate will demonstrate a commitment to strength perspective by empowering students and their families. Must be able to demonstrate flexibility and a desire to work in a highly demanding setting on behalf of students and their families. Attention to detail, the ability to follow written and oral instructions, multi-task, and maintain confidentiality are essential skills.

Physical Demands

The capacity to sit in an office setting for extended periods of time, access computers. Must complete the full Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) training program and achieve and maintain certification.

Schedule And Pay

The Part-Time Nurse will work 20-24 hours per week. Due to the nature of this position, flexibility is expected based on the school calendar and the needs of the program. The Part-Time Nurse will earn $36.00 – $40.00 per hour.

The Leslie Shankman School Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital or veteran status, or disability.

Salary: $36.00 – $40.00 per hour

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