Maimonides School, a Modern Orthodox day school in Brookline, Massachusetts, is seeking an experienced school nurse who will serve in a pivotal role that bridges health care and education. This is a part-time position, 1-3 days a week, reporting to the Director of Health Services. This position is available until June 30, with possibility of extension.
School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that is accountable for the well-being, academic success, and life-long achievement of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaption, self-management, self-advocacy, and learning.
● Provide direct nursing care to students and staff; assessment, planning, intervention, evaluation, management, and referral as indicated. Provide medically prescribed interventions, including medication administration and nursing procedures.
● Implement and record required screening programs; notify parents when further medical evaluation is indicated.
● Prepare and maintain student health records, including current immunizations as mandated by state regulations. Create Individual Health Care Plans for students with health care concerns.
● Administer daily and PRN (as needed) medications and nursing care procedures prescribed by the student's physician.
● Collaborate with staff in development of IEP’s as indicated.
● Initiate emergency procedures for students and staff as needed.
● Complete and submit state-mandated reports and surveys as required by M.D.P.H.
● Promote positive safety practices and model best strategies for hygiene, injury prevention, and disease transmission mitigation.
● Collaborate with school administrators and personnel in assessing and improving the social and emotional climate of students and faculty.
● Utilize a distinct knowledge base for decision making in nursing practice.
● Utilize effective written, verbal, and non-verbal communication skills.
● Collect information about health and development status of students.
● Develop a nursing diagnosis and care plan for students with specific health needs.
● Carry out appropriate referral and follow-up care.
● Collaborate with school guidance/social work personnel.
● Identify, delineate, and clarify the nursing role; promote quality of care; and demonstrate professional conduct.
● Collaborate with other professionals, team members, and community providers in assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating programs and other school health activities.
● Establish a process to identify students at risk for physical and psychosocial problems.
● Identify health-related needs for students being reviewed for I.E.P.s. Complete and submit I.E.P.s, attend and participate in team/parent meetings.
● Collect data for relevant health information, end-of-month reports, and annual reports on significant areas of health/safety concerns.
● Serve as a member of pertinent committees and teams supporting the school.
● Serve as a liaison among school, home community health agencies, and other healthcare professionals.
● Serve as a resource to the administration on environmental health and safety issues.
● Assume responsibility for continuing own education, meeting requirements for licensure and/or recertification.
● Obtain expert consultation, supervision, and peer review as needed.
● Maintain ongoing consultation with school physician regarding student health issues, in addition to consultation with individual student's health care providers (physician, dentist, and counselor).
● Maintain confidentiality of student records in accordance with governmental regulations.
● Performance of other job-related duties as assigned.
● Must have a valid license to practice as a registered nurse in the state of Massachusetts (M.G.L. c. 71, s. 53).
● Hold a minimum of a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a college or university program in nursing accredited by the National League for Nursing.
● Maintain certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation from a recognized provider (i.e. American Red Cross, American Heart) and certification in First Aid.
● Minimum of 2 years of experience in nursing, preferably in school nursing, pediatrics, or public health.
● Demonstrated experience supporting students with complex health care and/or psychological needs.
● DESI certification.
● Master’s Degree in Nursing.
Daily desk work including significant amounts of telephone and computer time; frequent walking both inside campus buildings and outdoors throughout campus; navigation of stairs as a part of daily routines; and the ability to respond quickly and efficiently to injury/illness incidents.
Salary is commensurate with experience.
Please send your résumé and credentials to Betty Gladstein, Director of Health Services, at email@example.com.
Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree + Advanced Degree Required and 3-5 years of experience.