Community Health Float Nurse - Children's School Services, Inc.

Washington, District of Columbia
Dec 01, 2017
Dec 31, 2017
Community Health
Contract Type
Full Time
The Community Health Float Nurse CSS will maintain a 'home' school base but float to other schools as needed. Provide comprehensive school health nursing services to school-age children in the areas of health promotion and disease prevention while safeguarding their integrity and recognizing their right to make their own decisions. Interpret students immunization needs. Continue to expand clinical base of nursing knowledge and skills. Rotate between assigned schools. Organize nursing activities for the day which may include vision and hearing screening, assessment of conditions, and referrals. Appraise and address the needs of the general student population, students with chronic and acute health problems and special education students with multi-handicaps. Perform a variety of selective individual health assessments and initiate the referrals on identified health needs and perform subsequent follow-up.
Minimum Education

Minimum Work Experience
3 Year(s)

Specific Requirements and Preferences
At least 3 years of Registered Nurse (RN) experience in community health, ambulatory care, school health or other related fields.

Required Skills/Knowledge
Knowledge and understanding of trends relating to school health as well as development patterns and needs of school-age children. Knowledge of the techniques of data collection for an analysis of health needs. Knowledge of a wide variety of medical conditions, diagnoses, and specific diseases. Ability to provide health counseling to school age children and families with a wide variety of health problems. Demonstrates knowledge of the roles of other school professionals and adjunct personnel and coordinates roles and responsibilities of the adjunct school health personnel within the school team.

Required Licenses and Certifications
Registered Nurse in District of Columbia

Functional Accountabilities

Quality of Care

  • Systematically evaluate the quality and effectiveness of school nursing practice.

  • Participate in quality assurance activities, as appropriate.

  • Use the results of quality of care activities to initiate changes in school nursing practice, as appropriate.

  • Continuously, strive to improve the quality and effectiveness of school health services.

  • Consult with and utilize the expertise of other providers for student care, as needed, and make referrals, including provisions for continuity of care, as needed; employ counseling techniques and crisis-intervention strategies for individuals and groups.

  • Act as a student and family advocate.
  • Program Management

  • Manage school health services, as appropriate, to the nurse’s education, position and practice environment.

  • Conduct school health needs assessment to identify current health problems and identify the need for new programs.

  • Develop and implement needed health programs using a program planning process.

  • Orient, provide training, document competency, and oversee the practice of Health Technicians, and Nursing Assistants, as appropriate to the school setting.

  • Participate in environmental safety and health activities, e.g., indoor air quality, injury surveillance, and prevention.

  • Adopt and utilize available technology, as appropriate to the work setting.
  • Health Education

  • Assist students, families, the school staff and community to achieve optimal levels of wellness through appropriately designed and delivered health promotion; communicate effectively with the student, family, school staff, community and other providers regarding student care and the role of the school nurse in the provision of care.

  • Participate in the assessment of needs for health counseling and health instruction needs for the school community.

  • Provide formal health instruction based on sound learning theory, as appropriate to student development levels.

  • Provide individual and group health teaching and counseling for and with students; assist individual students to develop appropriate skills to advocate for themselves, based on age and developmental level.

  • Act as a resource person to school staff on health promotion activities and material.

  • Further the application of health promotion principles within all areas of school life, e.g., food service, custodial, etc.
  • Education and Resources

  • Acquire and maintain current knowledge and competency in school nursing practice.

  • Acquire knowledge and skills appropriate to the specialty practice of school nursing on a regular and ongoing basis.

  • Consistently participates in continuing education activities related to current clinical knowledge practice and professional issues

  • Seeks experience to maintain current clinical skills and competence

  • Assist the student, family, school staff and community to identify and secure appropriate and available services and resources to address health-related needs;

  • Assists the student, family, school staff and community in becoming informed consumers about the costs, risks, and benefits of health promotion, health education, school health services, and individualized health interventions for students; collaborate with the student, family, staff, community, and other providers in the formulation of overall goals, time lines, the plan of care, and decisions related to care and the delivery of services.
  • Research and Professional Growth

  • Promote the use of research findings in school nursing practice.

  • Utilize available research to develop the health programs and individual client plans of care and interventions.

  • Participate in research activities, as appropriate to the nurse’s education, position, and practice environment.

  • Contribute to the nursing literature when and if possible.

  • Participate in appropriate professional organizations in a membership and/or leadership capacity.
  • Non-Essential Function

  • Decision and action on behalf of students are determined in an ethical manner.

  • Maintain client confidentiality within the legal, regulatory, and ethical parameters of health and education.

  • Deliver care in a non-judgmental and non-discriminatory manner that is sensitive to student diversity in the school community.

  • Deliver care in a manner to promote and preserve student and family autonomy, dignity and rights.

  • Seek available resources to formulate ethical decisions.

  • Organizational Accountabilities (Staff)

    Organizational Commitment/Identification

  • Partner in the mission and upholds the core principles of the organization

  • Committed to diversity and recognizes value of cultural ethnic differences

  • Demonstrate personal and professional integrity

  • Maintain confidentiality at all times
  • Customer Service

  • Anticipate and responds to customer needs; follows up until needs are met
  • Teamwork/Communication

  • Demonstrate collaborative and respectful behavior

  • Partner with all team members to achieve goals

  • Receptive to others’ ideas and opinions
  • Performance Improvement/Problem-solving

  • Contribute to a positive work environment

  • Demonstrate flexibility and willingness to change

  • Identify opportunities to improve clinical and administrative processes

  • Make appropriate decisions, using sound judgment
  • Cost Management/Financial Responsibility

  • Use resources efficiently

  • Search for less costly ways of doing things
  • Safety

  • Speak up when team members appear to exhibit unsafe behavior or performance

  • Continuously validate and verify information needed for decision making or documentation

  • Stop in the face of uncertainty and takes time to resolve the situation

  • Demonstrate accurate, clear and timely verbal and written communication

  • Actively promote safety for patients, families, visitors and co-workers

  • Attend carefully to important details - practicing Stop, Think, Act and Review in order to self-check behavior and performance