Sep 14, 2020

School Nurse

  • TrulyHired
  • Amherst, MA, USA
Full-time School Support

Job Description

The Amherst Public School District is currently seeking highly qualified candidates for the position of School Nurse for Fort River School. This is a full-time and school year position.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Current and valid State of Massachusetts nursing license (RN).
Current and valid MA DESE School Nurse license.
Bachelor's degree in nursing, Master's Preferred..
Experience in school, pediatric, public health, or other relevant nursing experience
Comprehensive knowledge of school health programs, philosophy, and objectives.
Knowledge of the diverse health, social, and educational needs of students and families.
Evidence of the emotional maturity and stability necessary for the work involved.
Such additional qualifications as the Amherst Schools may find appropriate and acceptable

JOB GOAL:
To promote the academic progress/success of students by assisting them to maintain, improve or adapt to their health status. To contribute significantly to the attainment of optimal health and educational potential of each student.
**Bilingual and bi-cultural candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.**

PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES:

A. Health Care
Performs all state mandated screening programs
Identifies specific medical needs relating to the particular health status of the student and facilitates appropriate management for the student in the school setting.
Serves as a health advocate for the student through communication with parents, health care providers, and community agencies.
Facilitates student immunization compliance per DPH regulations.
Triages students and/or staff with injury or illness and provides appropriate intervention and follow-up.
Administers medication in compliance with school policy and state regulations.
Develops and maintains, when appropriate, an individualized health care plan for each student with documented health needs.
Facilitates special nursing care for students who are technology dependent.
Acts as a nurse educator for students, parents, and staff regarding health issues

B. Safety
Educates and promotes compliance with universal precautions.
Identifies unsafe conditions in the school setting and collaborates with the administration and school personnel towards resolution.
Collaborates with school personnel to develop and facilitate safety plans dealing with students with health conditions.

C. Education
Collaborates with staff in the development, implementation, and delivery of school health programs.
Collaborates with staff in modifying the educational program to meet health and emotional needs of individual students.
Consults with teachers regarding students' specific health issues that may impact learning.

D. Record Keeping / Reporting
Maintains computerized medical records for each student enrolled in the district.
Maintains updated information in each student's computer record, including immunizations and screenings.
Prepares and submits all reports mandated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
Maintains adequate health room supplies.
Provides interpretation of health assessments and medical data for SPED evaluations.

E. Communication
Utilizes effective written, verbal, and nonverbal communication skills.
Communicates with parents, school personnel, physicians, clinics, and agencies regarding student health issues when appropriate.
Attends meetings and conferences regarding health services and professional development.
Maintains a positive environment in the health room and in communication with students, parents, staff, agencies and administrators.
Interprets school health regulations to school administrators, staff, and parents.
Attends scheduled health services staff meetings.
Identifies community resources for appropriate referrals.C
Carries out home visits when indicated for the effective management of health concerns.

F. Professionalism
Participates in professional development.
Maintains contemporary knowledge base to provide care to students and staff.
Performs all scheduled duties and responsibilities within expected time frames.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to assist students perform tasks, speak to deliver instruction and behavioral directives, and hear. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and taste or smell. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. The employee may also be required to use physical interventions to maintain the safety of students.

Position Type: Full-time

Positions Available: 1

  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
Job Category: Student Services > School Nurse
Employer Description
Amherst, located in the beautiful Pioneer Valley, in western Massachusetts, is home to two colleges and the University of Massachusetts, and is rich in educational, cultural and recreational resources. The district has a strong commitment to academic excellence and multicultural education. Please view "Aspirations" to see what some of our students, teachers, administrators and community members aspire to. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-E3ejDHrBNk Learn more about us...
Location Description
The mission of Fort River School is the development of each young person. We seek to ensure that every student is a successful learner, is fully respected, and learns to respect others. We seek to be a community whose central values are learning and caring, for young people and adults alike. Learn more about us...
Equal Opportunity Employer
The Amherst Public, Amherst-Pelham Regional and Pelham Public School Districts prohibits discrimination against employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, genetic information and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment.
Job Requirements
  • Candidates may provide a brief description of any experience that you feel will prove helpful in the work for which you are applying. Give any additional information that will afford a clearer interpretation of your qualifications which may include any verifiable work performed on a voluntary basis.

    The applicant should be aware that, if she/he is successful and is moving into another district, this transfer will result in the loss of Professional Teacher Status and seniority for purposes of the Reduction in Staff provision of the collective bargaining agreement.

    Under the laws of MA the ARPS have the final responsibility for establishing educational policies for ARPS and may require additional professional development as a condition of employment

    The Amherst Public, Amherst-Pelham Regional and Pelham Public School Districts prohibits discrimination against employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, genetic information and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment.
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required
Application Questions
This employer has requested that all applicants answer the following questions. It is highly recommended that you type any essays in a word processing program, save them, and then paste them on the proceeding job application page.
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  • 1. Our district is committed to "Becoming a Multicultural School System". We work to provide all students with an education that enables them to be contributing members of a multiethnic, multicultural society. We strive to ensure that our community of students, families and staff are learning, treated equitably, and share the job of creating a caring environment. Please describe any personal background, training, work, or other experience that you feel would help us in achieving this goal.
    Long Essay (Answer limited to 4000 characters, including spaces)
  • 2. Our schools are committed to academic excellence for every student, every day! We strive to attain high levels of student achievement for all of our students and we work to insure the academic engagement and a sense of belonging of all students. Describe how you will fulfill this obligation to attain high levels of achievement and specifically, how you will plan for and foster the academic engagement and a sense of belonging of every student, all students, every day.
    Long Essay (Answer limited to 4000 characters, including spaces)
Contact Information
  • Damany Gordon, Diversity & Equity Specialist
  • 170 Chestnut Street
  • Amherst, Massachusetts 01002
  • Phone: 413-362-1872
  • Fax: 413-549-5907
  • Email: click here

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