BE-ESL Clinic Nurse (RN)

Job category: Professional
Exemption Status/Test: Exempt/Professional
Reports to: BE/ESL Nurse Coordinator/BE/ESL Director
Date Revised: May 27, 2015
Dept./School: BE/ESL Department/BE/ESL Clinic

Primary purpose

Implement district health services program to best meets the needs of the student population on the assigned campus. Provide health services to students. Promote health and safety education for students and preventive health practices for students.

Qualifications

Education/Certification

Graduate of an accredited professional nursing education program

Valid registered nurse license (RN) from the Texas Board of Nursing

Current automatic external defibrillator (AED) and cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificates

Experience

One year nursing experience

Special knowledge/skills

Knowledge of health appraisal to identify student health defects

Ability to implement policies and procedures

Knowledge of basic first aid

Proficient in keyboarding and file maintenance skills

Ability to write routine reports and correspondence

Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills

Major responsibilities and duties

Nursing Services

  • Provide direct care using professional assessment skills, the nursing process, individualized healthcare plans (IHPs), and established school health protocols.  Provide health counseling and instruction to individual students
  • Assess student problems, communicate with parents regarding individual students, and ensure appropriate referrals and follow up as needed.  Serve as a liaison between school personnel, the family, healthcare professionals, and the community
  • Secure emergency medical care for students as needed.  Assist school nurses with referrals
  • Conduct head to toe assessment for medically fragile students.  Collaborate with special education and enrollment center to appropriately placed students.  Communicate with school and nurses regarding care and procedures to ensure safe integration of the student into the school environment
  • Serve as health advocate for students
  • Establish and implement effective procedures for carrying out mandatory screening programs
  • May make home visits to help with student health problems as necessary 

Instruction

  • Participate in development of campus health education curriculum, educate faculty and staff as needed on health related topics, and provide health education to individuals and groups including contributing to campus communications to parents and the local community regarding health issues

Consultation

  • Collaborate closely with campus principal, campus nurses and other staff and provide leadership to ensure a healthy school environment.  Work to meet the health needs of the general school population and those students with identified health conditions
  • Participate in Admission, Review, and Dismissal Committee (ARD) meetings of students with identified health needs.  Advise campus administration in crisis or emergency situations and participate in assessment and reporting of suspected child abuse

Administration

  • Work with BE/ESL nurse coordinator to develop and coordinate continuing evaluation of clinic outreach programs and make changes based on findings.  Develop and recommend policies and procedures to promote the health and wellness of students and staff
  • Supervise and train, clinic aids, or other school personnel who have responsibility for assisting student with health needs
  • Compile, maintain, and file all reports, records, and other documents required, including clinic records and accurate and confidential student health records such as immunization records, medication administration records, and individual student treatment records
  • Comply with policies established by federal and state laws, Texas Department of Health rule, State Board of Education rule, and board policy.  Comply with all district and campus routines and regulations.
  • Report potential health and safety hazards to BE/ESL Nurse Coordinator/BE/ESL Director

Professional Development

  • Maintain professional nursing skills and knowledge as required by the Texas Nurse Practice Act and the Texas Board of Nursing including certification for mandated screenings and Basic Life Support for Healthcare providers (CPR/AED)

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Direct the work of licensed vocational nurse (LVN) and assigned health clinic aide(s).

Adapted from Recommended School Health Staff Roles published by the Texas Department of Health School Health Advisory Committee, January 14, 2013

Mental demands/physical demands/environmental factors

Tools/Equipment Used: 
Standard medical clinic equipment including automated external defibrillator (AED); special needs adaptive equipment; standard office equipment including computer and peripherals
Posture: 
Frequent standing, sitting, kneeling/squatting, bending/stooping, pushing pulling, and twisting
Motion: 
Frequent walking, grasping/squeezing, wrist flexion/extension
Lifting: 
Frequent light lifting and carrying (less than 15 pounds); may require regular heavy lifting (45 pounds or more) and position of students with physical disabilities: controlling behavior through physical restraint, assisting non-ambulatory students
Environment: 
Exposure to biological hazards, bacteria, and communicable diseases
Mental Demands: 
Work with frequent interruptions; maintain emotional control under stress

This document describes the general purpose and responsibilities assigned to this job and is not an exhaustive list of all responsible and duties that may be assigned or skills that may be required.