Substitute School Nurse

Tacoma Public Schools
Fircrest, WA
Closing date
Dec 10, 2023

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Nursing, General Nursing
Organization Type

Tacoma Public Schools

Expected Start Date: September 2023

Hours per day: Varies, up to 7.5

Salary Level: Salary Available at Salary Schedules - Substitute Hourly Rates

Performs health appraisal, counseling, and detection; encourages correction of health problems, helps control and prevent disease and accidental injury, provides emergency services for injury and sudden illness; provides health education programs according to state law and standards for professional nursing.

Examples Of Duties

This position, on a temporary basis, assists in meeting the health needs of students according to District policies and school procedures under the guidance and direction of the School Nurse; documents and maintains student health information required by the District and by federal and state regulations; and provides appropriate care for ill, medically fragile, and injured students.


1. Assists, promotes, and protects the optimal health status of students and staff.

2. Works as a team member with school nurse and school staff to help students obtain optimal physical, emotional, and social well-being necessary for learning.

3. Assists with and administers first aid care and specialized treatment in accordance with established guidelines for ill, medically fragile, and injured students.

4. Assists in the safe administration of medication as mandated by state law and District policy.

5. Prepares and/or maintains documentation and reports necessary to carry out the activities of the school health room.

6. Assists in maintaining all students' immunization information in accordance with legal and District requirements.

7. Follows established procedures to ensure confidentiality.

8. Reports students with contagious diseases to the School Nurse or Principal in accordance with established guidelines; uncovers health problems through observation and interviews and notifies School Nurse of findings; assists in identifying students having evidence of abuse and/or neglect and reports to the School Nurse and proper law enforcement agencies as required by District policy and state law; screens and evaluates findings of deficit in vision, hearing, and scoliosis, etc.

9. Maintains clear and open communication with the School Nurse via daily telephone communication and a notebook log.

10. Participates in planning guidelines and procedures for emergency care of acute illnesses and injuries occurring while students are under the jurisdiction of the school.

11. Assists in encouraging families to provide for health examinations of their children by utilizing services of family physicians, dentists, and community clinics.

12. Investigates health problems through screenings, observations, and interviews; notifies school nurse of findings.

13. Assists with maintenance of order and discipline and a sanitary and safe environment in the health room.


1. May participate in continuing education activities, building staff meetings, and staff development training as assigned.

2. Models healthful practices.

3. Performs related duties as assigned.


Required to visually concentrate on detail and be precise; experiences frequent interruptions; may be required to work outdoors in inclement weather; required to deal with distraught parents and students; may be exposed to infectious diseases; travels to District sites; walk, run, bend, and squat to attend to ill or injured children; lifts, carries, and positions ill and injured children.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience

Bachelor's degree in nursing from an accredited college or university and School Nurse Certification; pediatric, community health nursing, health education, nurse practitioner, or school based nursing experience preferred.

Licenses/Special Requirements
Washington State Registered Nurse license.
Washington State ESA School Nurse certificate.

First aid and CPR certificates prior to starting employment.

Valid Washington State driver's license and access to personal transportation.

Must maintain all licenses and certifications as a condition of continued employment.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of basic first aid and health care practices and procedures, basic symptoms of communicable and other childhood diseases.

Knowledge of basic principles of human growth and development.

Skill in identifying student health problems and communicating with school staff.

Ability to model healthful practices.

Ability to maintain confidentiality.

Ability to perform duties in accordance with established guidelines, local, state, and federal laws.

Ability to understand and carry out verbal and written instructions.

Ability to plan and organize work.

Ability to lift and transfer students according to proper procedures.

Ability to monitor and control student behavior.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of people in a multi-cultural, diverse socio-economic setting.

Ability to participate as part of a team.

Supplemental Information

This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. District administration has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice. The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the primary functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise balance the workload.

Tacoma Public Schools does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:
  • Civil Rights Coordinator: Renee Trueblood, 253-571-1252,
  • Title IX Coordinator: Wayne Greer, 253-571-1191,
  • 504 Coordinator, Elementary: Jennifer Herbold, 253-571-1096,
  • 504 Coordinator, Secondary: Megan Nelson, 253-571-1003,

Mailing address: P.O. Box 1357, Tacoma, WA 98401-1357.

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