District Nurse

Job | Posted 3 months ago


Job Description

Job Title: District Nurse
Department: District Administration
Reports to:  Superintendent
FLSA Status: Classified Exempt
Days/Months: Year-round

Job Summary:
Promotes, protects, maintains, and attains optimal care for the physical and mental health of the students and all KGBSD staff. The District Nurse will oversee school health services at the district level.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Others may be assigned.
  1. Conduct the school immunization program in conjunction with the health advocate.
  2. Provide t raining to school health aides  on proper use of Self-lmmAGE
    • Support health advocate in proper conduction of the immunization program by being the administrator for Self-lmmAGE and provide:
      • Access for health advocates to access facilities so that they may transfer, add, delete, make inactive, and promote students and transfer students to other schools.
      • Due dates for sending letters and making calls, and support when discussing requirements with parent s.
    • Assist in immunization record acquisition and data entry when possible.
    • Provide school health aides and administrators with appropriate exclusion dates for children who remain non-compliant despite appropriate notification.
  3. Conduct district wide vision and hearing screenings at recommended intervals set by the Alaska Department of Health and Human Services.
    • Train school health aides on how to conduct proper screenings.
    • Perform screenings in conjunction with the school health aides    according to the schedule developed by the school health aides so that classroom disruption is limited.
    • Determine the need for referrals.
    • Work with the school health aides to document the screenings and complete appropriate notifications/referrals to parents/ guardians.
    • Assist with follow up as needed.
  4. Lead the district’s planning and response for the prevention and management of communicable diseases.
    • Report any state reportable infectious diseases to the Department of Epidemiology as required by Alaska State Law.
    • Report any non-state report able infectious disease to the Department of Epidemiology as required by Alaska State Law if they occur in unusual cluttering and numbers.
    • Help schools implement any measures for the control of an outbreak of an infectious disease as recommended by the Alaska Department of Epidemiology.
    • Determine the need for notifications to parents/ guardians.
    • Follow current policies regarding infectious diseases, including lice and bed bugs.
    • Work with state health officials should an outbreak of a state reportable infectious disease occur.
  5. Provide supervision to school health aides in the case of illness/ injury, including emergencies.
    • Provide school health aides with physical training and written instructions on how to handle certain situations when the nurse is not present in the school.
    • Provide or coordinate CPR and First Aide training for all health advocates.
    • Teach school health aides how to document appropriately in PowerSchool.
    • Teach school health aides when to call the district nurse verses when to call 911.
  6. Train appropriate staff to administer medications, including emergency medications.
    • Provide t raining at the beginning of each school year to train all staff with the training necessary to legally administer medication
    • Performs lifting and medical procedures for medically fragile students, diaper changing, and handling of body fluids, gastrostomy, and tube feedings.
    • Oversee nursing tasks delegated to a health advocate and reevaluate that these tasks are done appropriately every 90 days as required by Alaska State Law.
  7. Recommend plans and help implement district wide health management protocols to promote student’s and staff’s wellbeing.
Supervisory Responsibilities     
No direct supervision but will be providing a supportive supervision among building health aides and other school health advocates.
Annual written evaluation.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and/or Experience                  
B.S. degree in Nursing. At least two (2) years of relevant experience in the nursing field. Pediatric training and experience desirable.
Certifications and/or trainings
Possess current state of Alaska registered professional nurse license. Current nursing skills as shown through attendance in continuing education classes; Current first aid skills and current basic life support certification. Knowledge of community health and medical resources, Bloodborne pathogen
procedures, and standard precautions.
Communication Skills                   
Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District employees must possess the ability to read and write in English. This includes the ability to communicate in English with school staff, coworkers, and the public. Employees must also have the ability to comprehend and carry out oral and written directions and understand and follow English instructions and written documents.
Mathematical Skills                                                     
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. 
Computer Skills                                                             
Microsoft office.
Physical and Mental Demands
The physical demands of this position require frequent standing, walking, sitting, speaking, and hearing. Requires near vision to write and read printed materials and computer screens. Requires hearing and speaking to exchange information on the telephone or in person. The employee is regularly required to reach with his/her hands and arms and occasionally lift items weighing up to 20 lbs. Must be able to use carts, ladders, dollies, and stools to assist in moving or shelving items. Requires sufficient arm, hand, finger dexterity to operate a keyboard and other office equipment. Repetitive motions with wrists, hands, and fingers may also be required. Additionally, the employee must be able to communicate by oral and written means in an appropriate business manner and have cognitive skills to understand instructions, readily recall facts and details, handle conflict, and make effective decisions under pressure. The Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District is committed to providing reasonable accommodations, according to the applicable state and federal laws, to all individuals with qualified physical or mental disabilities.
Work Environment
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Competencies - Successful job performance requires:
Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs work flows and procedures.
Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
Technical Skills - Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.
Customer Service - Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; Responds promptly to customer needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments.
Interpersonal Skills - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.
Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions.
Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.
Teamwork - Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
Diversity - Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce.
Ethics - Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.
Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; Supports organization's goals and values; Benefits organization through outside activities; Supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
Strategic Thinking - Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; Understands organization's strengths & weaknesses; Adapts strategy to changing conditions.
Judgment - Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.
Motivation - Sets and achieves challenging goals; Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; Measures self against standard of excellence.
Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives.
Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.
Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
Quantity - Meets productivity standards; Completes work in timely manner; Strives to increase productivity; Works quickly.
Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly.
Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
Attendance/Punctuality - Is consistently at work and on time; Arrives at meetings and appointments on time.
Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.
Initiative - Volunteers readily; Undertakes self-development activities; Seeks increased responsibilities; Takes independent actions and calculated risks; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed.
Innovation - Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention.

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Ketchikan Gateway Borough Schools

333 Schoenbar Rd, Ketchikan, AK 99901
Compare with State

Amount per Student


State Average: $20,209

% ELL Students


State Average: 11%

Student Teacher Ratio


State Average: 16.91

% IEP Students


State Average: 14%



State Average: 314