This employee is responsible for carrying out the School Health Program following the VNHS program guidelines and in accordance with the recommended state school health policies and procedures. The nurse implements the school health program in the assigned schools in collaboration with the school administrator and under the Clinical Manager of the School Health Program of VNHS. Understands and commits to the agency mission. Performs all duties and responsibilities listed herein, as well as other duties that may be assigned.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES :
- Meets all of the productivity standards as identified by the agency.
- Confer with the administrator of each assigned school and the Clinical Manager in the planning, implementing and evaluating of the health program.
- Evaluate school health policies/practices and provide guidance re: first aid/CPR and illness care, medication administration and blood borne pathogen compliance.
- Plan/manage the required health screening programs and perform rescreens of abnormal health screenings, nursing assessments and intervention to include the necessary referral and follow-up in writing, by phone or per home visit.
- Maintain a preventive health program through annual review and update of immunization records and early identification and control of communicable conditions.
- Observe and evaluate the school and its surroundings, reporting potential problems as they arise concerning a safe and healthy environment.
- Prepare reports as required to include immunization summaries, statistical reports, evaluations and other.
- Complies with all federal, state and local laws and regulations as appropriate for the position. Complies with all policies and procedures of the agency, including those specified in the employee handbook.
- Identify students with special health needs in the educational setting through development of the student health needs index and emergency action plans.
- Serve as health liaison from the school to the home, to health care providers and to community resources.
- Maintain individual permanent student health records, documenting all pertinent health information including immunizations and results of all health screenings.
- Provide counseling, guidance and teaching to students, school personnel, and parents regarding matters relating to their health.
- Serve as a consultant to the classroom teacher and a guest lecturer on topics related to health education.
- Assist with inservice programs for school personnel relating to recognition of illness, first aid and emergency care, infection and blood-borne pathogen exposure control and other health related issues.
- Serve as a member of the multi disciplinary team for students with special health needs when requested.
- Provide treatment requiring the expertise of the nurse for injured and ill students.
- Provide orientation and direction to paraprofessionals and volunteers assisting with screenings and other health related matters.
- Contributes to employee satisfaction through positive interactions and professionalism.
- Functions independently with minimal supervision.
- Promotes a positive working environment for program staff and the agency as a whole.
- Promotes the growth of the VNA by representing the organization, its mission, and its role in the community in a professional manner.
EDUCATION : Graduation from an accredited school of Nursing , BSN degree preferred.
EXPERIENCE : One year experience and knowledge in the principles and practices of community health nursing. Knowledge of VNA services and community resources.
TECHNICAL SKILLS : Adapts to changes in procedures and technology. Willingly learns new skills as required for the position
COMMUNICATION : Effective professional communication skills, both written and oral. Ability to read, analyze and interpret appropriate periodicals, regulations and correspondence pertaining to area of expertise. Ability to present information and respond to questions from employees, clients, managers and the general public.
REASONING SKILLS : Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of standards effectively. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written or oral form. Ability to prioritize, check for errors and spot inaccuracies. Ability to predict the logical outcome of various choices and to make good decisions.
PHYSICAL REQTS : Requires full range of body motion, including unrestricted lifting, pushing and pulling capability. Requires corrected vision and hearing within normal ranges. Will frequently sit, stand, walk, drive, crouch, bend, kneel, climb stairs, lift and carry bulky/heavy items and use strength and dexterity to deliver safe and effective home health care on the basis of need and in accordance with agency policies and practices.
ENVIRONMENT : Occasional exposure to extreme conditions (temperature, noise, fumes, dust) Potential exposure to communicable diseases and bodily fluids. May work irregular hours and under stressful conditions.
DRIVING/INSURANCE : Must maintain current driver’s license and auto insurance coverage within the limits specified by VNA’s liability insurance carrier and stated in the VNA employee handbook. Must provide proof of license and insurance upon request and have access to reliable transportation. Must maintain an acceptable driving record as set forth in VNA’s policies and procedures.
LICENSURE : Active license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of Nebraska or other nurse licensure compact state. Certified in Basic Life Support.
COMPETENCY : Understands legal and ethical obligations for maintaining professional competency. Participates in professional development activities. Integrates standards into practice. Limits practice according to competence.
The VNA of the Treasure Coast provides home healthcare services--including Medicare-reimbursed and private-duty nursing; home health aides;...