Jan 13, 2024

School Health Assistant (SHA)

  • TrulyHired
  • Portland, OR, USA
Full-time Teaching

Job Description

MESD School Health Services, is a critical link between health and education. Over 135 MESD employees work in the Department of School Health Services. We are committed to ensuring the safety of students by providing the highest standard of nursing care in the school and community setting so that every student has the opportunity to achieve their educational potential. We are nurses, care coordinators, health educators, health assistants, administrative staff, outreach workers, screening and prevention specialists who accomplish this by providing and coordinating specialized health services that support the educational experience for students throughout Multnomah and Clackamas County. We are committed to employee and community wellness, advocacy on behalf of students and their families, collaboration with community health systems and school based health centers, research and development to improve population health in schools, and using evidenced-based practice in the delivery of care. We support the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model that combines and builds on elements of the traditional coordinated school health approach by responding to the call for greater alignment, integration, and collaboration between education and health to improve each child's cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development.

Department: Student Services

Program: School Health Services

Reports to: Designated Nursing Supervisor

Classification/Range: Classified Represented/Range 9

Schedule: 183 days per year, 6 hours per day


The School Health Assistant provides health care services to students and school communities served by the Multnomah Education Service District.


This position is subject to board policies, administrative rules and procedures, department regulations, and applicable state and federal statutes. This position carries no administrative authority or responsibility.

  • Ability to develop trust among coworkers through honesty and fairness
  • Communicate in an inclusive and collaborative manner
  • Support the mission, vision, and values of MESD
  • Be respectful, caring, and courageous
  • Be a team player
  • Be involved in, and supportive of, continuous overall improvement of MESD
  • An ongoing commitment to employee wellness
  • Administer and document student medications following established SHS procedures
  • Perform first aid and delegated health care tasks for students with acute and chronic health conditions
  • Assist school and MESD with immunization management
  • Provide emergency care, including Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/Automated External Defibrillator (AED) as necessary
  • Complete daily electronic health record documentation following established SHS procedures that is accurate and confidential
  • Communicate necessary information to the appropriate school nurse, SHS staff, school personnel, and parents/guardians while maintaining confidentiality
  • Utilize personal safety techniques to avoid exposure and injury to self, students, and other staff
  • Consistently communicate in a professional manner
  • Demonstrate ability to manage multiple and/or repetitive tasks
  • Ability to work without direct supervision
  • Ability to work with accuracy and attention to detail
  • Attend department and other staff meetings
  • Perform other related duties as assigned
  • Ability to successfully complete training for Medication Administration (ORS 339.867-870); Training for Emergency Glucagon Providers (ORS 433.800- 830); and Treatment of Severe Allergic Reaction (ORS 433.800-830). ORS 433.800 - requires an individual trained to respond to a severe allergic reaction, and to administer emergency glucagon
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Ability to follow verbal and written instructions and demonstrate competency
  • Valid driver's license and vehicle available for use on the job
  • Computer skills
  • Must demonstrate good penmanship and accurate spelling
  • Maintain satisfactory attendance
  • High school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Experience working in the health or medical field
  • At least 1 year experience (within the last 5 years) working with groups of children in a professional or volunteer capacity, or
    • Any combination of education and experience that would provide the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge, and ability required to perform the job
  • Bilingual, bicultural preferred
  • Current CPR/AED certification that meets AHA Red Cross Standards and states that the individual has successfully completed a skill/return demonstration

Work is performed primarily on a school campus, including indoors within an office, or occasionally outdoors for urgent care needs. It involves sitting, walking and occasionally lifting, pushing, and pulling up to 40 pounds. May work with high-stress students, families, or personnel situations.

This position is subject to Board policies, administrative rules and procedures, department regulations and applicable State and Federal Statutes. This position carries no administrative authority or responsibility.

MESD shall provide equal employment opportunity and treatment to all present and prospective employees regardless of age, national origin, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition, family relationship, veterans' status, service in uniformed service, genetic information, an individual's juvenile record that has been expunged, or disability if the disability does not preclude performance of essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.

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