Supervisor of School Nurses
Job Description—Registered Nurse (RN), School Nurse Supervisor
The Registered Nurse (RN) is responsible for implementing and maintaining a school health program for a school population defined by the school division. To strengthen and facilitate the educational process by modifying or removing health-related barriers to learning thereby promoting optimal levels of well-being in students and staff.
Description of Duties and Tasks:
- Responsible for the supervision, coordination and evaluation of assigned personnel and activities of various programs in MCPS School Health Services.
- Collaborates with Personnel Department on primary responsibilities for interviewing, hiring, training and performance review of each full-time school nurse; maintains qualifications/licensing records. Participates in interview for new regular, substitute and temporary staff and make recommendations to personnel director for hiring. Makes recommendations to personnel administrator regarding personnel matters including but not limited to continued employment of health services staff.
- Assists in the development, implementation and evaluation of practice and procedures appropriate to specific health professions license requirements. Schedules and teaches health related training for employees, including OSHA training on blood-borne pathogens, medication delivery and diabetes care tasks, use of Epi Pens, Food allergy alerts (in conjunction with nutrition coordinator).
- Acts as liaison with regulatory agencies (DOE and VDH) to develop and implement plans to comply with regulations and statutes affecting school health.
- Develops and regularly revises healthcare plan templates and customized healthcare plans for students; medication delivery protocols; mandated screening managements as well as all nurse visits.
- Observe and evaluate the nursing practice of regular, temporary and substitute staff and provide follow-up including consultation, recommendations and/or demonstrations of nursing techniques as required.
- Provide orientation and staff development in-service for staff, substitutes, and student nurses.
- Consult and collaborate with parent/guardian, teachers, school administrators, community health or social service agencies, student, and attending physician, where appropriate, in developing and implementing individualized care plans for assigned students with medical needs.
- Substitute for school nurse whenever possible in order to provide medically prescribed interventions, including medication administration (per MCPS policy), and care to ill children on a daily basis as needed. Provides first aid to injured children and staff. Provide supervision of medically fragile children. Manage children with communicable diseases per MCPS policy.
- Maintains instructor status for CPR/FA training (American Heart BLS and Community CPR, F.A.)
- Assist in Medicaid billing process and provides care plans for medical billing services.
- Develops health promotion campaigns for students, including communications to parents and staff.
- Serves on committees as requested by Superintendent of Schools. Serves as chairman of MCPS SHAB (School Health Advisory Board).
- Manages all equipment used in health clinics and for health purposes including ongoing maintenance, parts replacements, and recall management.
- Maintains accurate, complete and confidential records of all medicines administered and all medical interventions via designated electronic nursing documentation system (per MCPS policy). Assists in monitoring student health records for all students.
- Carries out county policies, regulations, procedures, and administrative directives.
- Works cooperatively with staff and administration for the well-being of MCPS employees and students.
- Maintains professional nurse appearance, including license and identification badge.
- Observes student rights, respects individual cultural and religious backgrounds, and maintains confidentiality of student health information.
- Unencumbered License as a Registered Nurse in accordance with Virginia Board of Nursing
- BSN preferred (may have Diploma or Associate Degree in Nursing and pursuing BSN or management or other health-related field or 3 years’ experience as school nurse or other health related position within MCPS).
- American Heart Association CPR and FA Certification preferred
- A minimum of one year medical-surgical, pediatric/adolescent or public health nursing preferred.
- Demonstrated leadership skills which reflect a variety of problem-solving strategies.
- Demonstrated skill in organization of ideas and resources.
- Demonstrated effective human relations skills that include ability to listen to and accept differing opinions, ability to manage and resolve conflict and ability to respond tactfully.
- Demonstrated flexibility and adaptation to change.
- Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills.
Status: FLSA – Exempt
Timeframe: 12 months assignment payable on the Nurse Supervisor scale