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COUNTY OF DAVIDSON Public Health Nurse II-School Nurse in Lexington, North Carolina

PositionPublic Health Nurse II-School NurseFull-Time w/BenefitsMonday-Friday, 8am-5pmGeneral Statement of DutiesTo provide public health nursing to the residents of Davidson County. This is a (10) month per year position.Distinguishing Features of the ClassThis professional nursing position (school nurse) within a public health department is responsible for planning, implementing, coordinating and evaluating school health services that: 1) maximize the quantity of in class time by reducing the incidence of health related absenteeism, 2) eliminate or minimize health problems which impair learning and 3) achieve the highest degree of independent functioning possible. More specifically, the school nurse: 1) identifies the health care needs of specific student populations and the availability of health services/resources, 2) plans and implements services to meet those healthcare needs, 3) assesses and evaluates the effectiveness of the services and health care plans and 4) collaborates with a wide variety of school system and professional disciplines to enhance the educational process and the promotion of an optimal level of wellness for students, families and staff. The school nurse functions independently under state and agency guidelines and policies without on-site supervision. Work is self-directed and clinically autonomous. Limited supervision may be exercised over volunteers and/or unlicensed personnel. Employee works under regular supervision of the PHN Supervisor I.Illustrative Examples of Work -School nurse serves in the roles as program manager/coordinator, case manager/direct care provider, collaborator/advocate, educator and counselor for the assigned school(s).School nurse addresses system-wide health services issues that affect the entire school population, i.e., population focused care.Coordination and participation in the establishment, review and implementation of school health/services policies and procedures.Assurance that such policies and related procedures adhere to legal and regulatory requirements and ethical standards of nursing practice.Assessment, planning and evaluation of the health services component of the coordinated school health program.Implementation of communicable disease control in the school, including monitoring, surveillance and participating in disease prevention and outbreak management within the school.Serving as the health care consultant for school personnel, students and their parents/families.Provision of professional health leadership to administrators and school staff.Assurance that school health services and activities are appropriately documented.Documentation, compilation and analysis of data for required reports on school health services.Development and training of staff who provide health services, including the administration of medication to students.Coordination of the establishment of guidelines, procedures and training in First Aid/CPR/ First Responder Program for schools and staff.Participation in the development of the schoolis emergency health and crises plan.Where applicable, directing, monitoring and supervising aides/assistants/volunteers assigned to the school health program.Development of a system for the identification of students with special health care needs.School nurse addresses the health needs of individual students or small groups of students.Identification of students with special health care needs.Development of emergency action plans for students at risk of medical crises at school or during a school function.Development of and monitoring of individual health care plans (IHPs) for students who need invasive procedures performed during the school day, as well as for students who may require adaptation of the learning environment of classroom schedule.Supervises the case management of students with complex health needs.Provision of health related consultation as a member of the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) team.Provision of consultation and reco