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School Nurse

Company: Medica Talent Group
Location: Denver
Posted on: March 28, 2020

Job Description:

OVERVIEW: The School is a unique alternative high school, nestled high in the Colorado Rockies in a small mountain town. As a residential high school, we place our emphasis on serving the needs of a wide range of adolescents by providing a safe, caring community of adults who are passionate about working with students. The opportunity to be a school nurse in a small and caring residential school environment allows a skilled professional the ability to directly influence the life of a young person as they develop critical skills in the areas of health awareness, self-care, and independence. The work environment at school is very team-oriented and involves close collaboration with many departments of the school in order to effectively provide a safe, nurturing, and healthy living environment for our students. The ideal candidate will be organized, detail-oriented, responsible, and able to work independently while possessing the ability and desire to understand and engage in supportive relationships with adolescents. Candidates should be licensed in Colorado as a Registered Nurse. Familiarity with overseeing and coordinating psychiatric medications and working with mental health professionals is highly desirable. The school nurse will be responsible for training and certifying staff in Medication Administration Delegation through the Colorado Department of Education under the Department of Public Health and the Environment. POSITION TITLE : -School Nurse JOB TYPE : Full time REPORTS TO : -Associate Director of Students -JOB OBJECTIVE :, The School Nurse plays a key role in student life at facility by serving as part of school's Health and Wellness team, working closely with the students, our counselors and Public Allies Counseling Fellows, and the Associate Director of Students. The nurse will -respond to student health concerns, minor injuries and illnesses, accompanying students to medical appointments, providing health education, organizing and overseeing medication distribution, supervising, educating and certifying medication delegates thru the Colorado Department of Education, being a liaison between students, parents and the school leadership team, organizing and maintaining all medical records and working to promote healthy choices that enhance student's physical and emotional well-being. The nurse will also periodically offer educational sessions on health and well-being as well as offering sexual education counseling and classes to the school community. QUALIFICATIONS : --- - - - - Current Colorado RN License --- - - - - Basic Life Support Certification through the American Heart Association. --- - - - - Attention to detail, strong organizational and leadership skills --- - - - - Ability to work positively and collaboratively with other staff, students and parents. --- - - - - Experience working as a school nurse, preferably with high school students. Being skilled in working with diverse adolescents including a mix of LGBTQ students; students from low-income backgrounds; and students from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. --- - - - - The successful candidate for this position will possess the following attributes: a deep love of working with high school students; adept interpersonal skills; a sense of humor; creative thinking and problem-solving; the ability to triage and making clear decisions about when to refer a patient to a higher level of care, an understanding of the scope of practice for an RN in a school setting, a commitment to continued learning about working with adolescents; seasoned judgment; high levels of attention to detail and a commitment to serving as a wellness ally for our students. --- - - - - Specific to this position, the successful candidate will possess the following attributes: Working knowledge of creating and using google docs and spreadsheets; and the ability to communicate clearly via text, email or in person; ease with working with students of all backgrounds; being comfortable teaching wellness classes and organizing wellness events; knowledge of electronic health records systems and the ability to implement such a system at our school. --- - - - - Ability to communicate at a high level. Multi-cultural students and families. Bi-lingual Spanish is required. -ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: --- - - - - Acquire health history on all new/returning students, and make personal contact with parents if indicated. --- - - - - Responsible for following-up on all recommendations made to parents regarding a student's health status, including immunizations. --- - - - - Participate in identification and support of students with special needs - substance abuse, students who've experienced trauma and abuse, and sexually active students. --- - - - - Administer random UA drug screens for substance users/abusers who have been caught using. --- - - - - Facilitate smoking cessation classes for tobacco users who need support. --- - - - - Provide services for prevention and control of communicable disease by monitoring immunization status and by early recognition and management of the disease. --- - - - - Provide supervision of administration of medications at school. --- - - - - Work directly with Wilderness staff, medication delegates, and any other staff who have health or medication roles with students. --- - - - - Provide first aid kits for the campus buildings and for school trips. --- - - - - Participate on the school's risk management committee. --- - - - - Facilitate workshops on health and adolescent development topics. --- - - - - Coordinate student referrals and transportation to all local health professional appointments & follow-up. --- - - - - On call responsibilities: on sight diagnosis and transport; carry a cell phone and be available 24/7 with the exception of one night a week and every other weekend. --- - - - - Coordinate an on-call health support schedule with the on-call staff. --- - - - - Facilitate counseling with the school counselor should a psychological problem arise with a student. Student Support --- - - - - Support adolescents as they are confronted with issues related to their personal health and well-being. --- - - - - Participate in internal professional development to better support our students. - School Wide Involvement --- - - - - Attend daily gatherings to better understand, appreciate and learn about our students, as well as being an active member of the school community. Be an active member of the ERS community beyond this job description

Keywords: Medica Talent Group, Denver , School Nurse, Healthcare , Denver, Colorado

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