Substitute School Nurse

Springfield Public Schools, MO
Springfield, MO
Closing date
Dec 4, 2023

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Nursing, General Nursing
Organization Type
Job Title: Substitute School Nurse - Registered Nurse

Department: Health Services

Pay Grade Nurse Salary Schedule/Substitute Compensation

FLSA Status: Exempt

Reports to: Director III - Health Services


Responsible for providing support to the educational process with specific responsibilities for overseeing the individual health needs of students; implementing health care plans directed by physicians; ensuring district health care practices comply with the laws relating to student health issues; providing appropriate immediate care for ill, medically fragile and/or injured students. Serve as a health care resource to teachers, staff, and administrators; conducting mandated health screenings; identifying health problems for referral to appropriate parties for proper follow-up treatment; and promoting an optimal level of wellness for students and staff.

  • Administer mandated screenings referring medical conditions and/or providing appropriate care for ill, medically fragile and/or injured children.
  • Administer first aid, medication and specialized medical treatments providing appropriate care for ill, medically fragile and/or injured children.
  • Assess situations involving students' safety, abuse (physical, sexual, drug, etc.) and other health related issues identifying problems, referring for proper treatment and complying with legal requirements.
  • Collaborate with parents, students, health care providers, and/or public agencies promoting and/or securing student health services; providing information and complying with legal requirements.
  • Develop individual student care plans addressing students' health needs; providing direction to site personnel and/or and implementing directions provided by parents and/or physicians.
  • Assist with enrollment (immunizations, medical history).
  • Input student health care records into student information system maintaining accurate up to date information.
  • Maintain student's confidential files and records providing information required by legal requirements and professional standards.
  • Maintain contact with parents/guardians advising them of changes in student health and/or recommending further medical and/or emotional intervention.
  • Monitor student with chronic illnesses and/or referred for illness and/or injury attending to their immediate health care concerns, initiating follow-up care and assisting the child in achieving the highest functional level.
  • Order health care equipment and supplies maintaining inventory and ensuring availability of required items.
  • Participate in a variety of meetings, workshops and seminars gathering, conveying, and/or sharing information on student's health needs, service delivery, and educational programs; and/or improving skills and knowledge.
  • Prepare a wide variety of written materials documenting activities, providing written reference, and/or conveying information.
  • Provide training on a variety of health related subjects promoting a healthy lifestyle and/or acting as a resource to students, teachers, and other school personnel.
  • Refer students requiring additional medical attention providing required follow-up treatment and services.
  • Report health and safety issues to assigned administrator and appropriate agencies maintaining students' personal safety, a positive learning environment and complying with regulatory requirements and established guidelines.
  • Research a variety of topics relating to health and medical care providing information to staff, students, parents, and the public.
  • Respond to emergency medical situations ensuring appropriate immediate medical attention and related follow-up action.
  • Respond to a wide variety of inquiries from parents, students, staff, and/or outside agencies counseling, resolving problems, providing information and/or referring to appropriate personnel.
  • Serve as a liaison for doctors, parents, community agencies and/or staff providing and/or gathering information and assuring access and continuity of health care of students.
  • Perform other related duties as required/assigned.

Education and Experience
  • Associate's Degree from an accredited college or university for N120.
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from an accredited college or university for N130.
  • Master's Degree from an accredited college or university for N140.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of job related experience with increasing levels of responsibility is required.
Certificates, Licenses and Other Special Requirements
  • Must be CPR and First Aid Certified.
  • Must have Missouri State Nursing License.
  • Must pass a Criminal Background Clearance.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Knowledge of algebra and/or geometry; read technical information, compose a variety of documents, and/or facilitate group discussions; and analyze situations to define issues and draw conclusions.
  • Knowledge based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include health standards and hazards; codes/laws/rules/regulations/policies; knowledge of community resources; and treatment modalities.
  • Skill to perform multiple, technical tasks with a need to routinely upgrade skills in order to meet changing job conditions.
  • Skill based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job, including planning and managing projects; and using pertinent software applications; adhering to safety practices and procedures; administer first aid and/or prescribed medications.
  • Ability to read technical information, compose a variety of documents, and/or facilitate group discussions.
  • Ability to analyze situations to define issues and draw conclusions.
  • Ability to schedule a number of activities, meetings, and/or events; gather, collate, and/or classify data; and use job-related equipment.
  • Ability to work with others under a wide variety of circumstances; working with data utilizing defined but different processes; and operate equipment using defined methods.
  • Ability to work with a significant diversity of individuals and/or groups; work with data of widely varied types and/or purposes; and utilize job-related equipment.
  • Ability to analyze issues and create action plans.
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to apply critical thinking/problem solving to improve work processes.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality; set priorities; meet deadlines and schedules; work with detailed information; and adapt to changing priorities.
  • Ability to work as part of a team; and work with frequent interruptions.
  • Ability to set high expectations for self and others; set and monitor progress toward goals; and utilize and offer effective feedback for continuous improvement.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements
  • Work environment is primarily indoors, where the noise and temperature levels are moderate.
  • The work is medium work that requires exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
  • Must possess the physical ability to work primarily with fingers, perceive the nature of sounds, make rational decisions through sound logic and deductive processes, express or exchange ideas by the spoken word, substantial movements (motions) with the hands, wrists, and/or fingers, and discern letters or numbers at a given distance.
  • Additionally, the following physical abilities are required: balancing, climbing, feeling, grasping, handling, hearing, kneeling, manual dexterity, mental acuity, reaching, repetitive motion, speaking, standing, stooping, talking, visual acuity, and walking.

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