How to write a Nurse job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Nurse job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Nurse job titles

  • Nurse
  • Head Nurse
  • Emergency Room Nurse
  • Nurse (Part-Time)
  • Registered Nurse

Nurse job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Nurse job summary

Our large, diverse preschool needs a School Nurse to care for our students. We’re looking for a caring, compassionate, experienced professional who loves taking care of children and prioritizes communication and engagement. The position requires administrative work as well as one-on-one time with students, and we’re looking for an individual who truly cares about making our preschool a better place for our students. This includes educating students about healthy habits as well as responding to any medical complaints at school and performing routine screenings. We currently serve approximately 350 students during the school year.

Nurse responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Nurse responsibilities

  • Screen patients for hearing and eyesight issues
  • Evaluate patients who complain of specific ailments
  • Call parents to suggest they pick up patients who might be uncomfortable or who might have developed a contagious illness
  • Educate students on hand washing, germs and other health care and safety issues
  • Examine and authenticate vaccination records
  • Monitor and dispense prescription medications based on instructions from parents and physicians
  • Contact parents and teachers with any medical emergency
  • Develop and manage school health and wellness program
  • Maintain files on each student’s health and medical history

Nurse qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Nurse skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing required
  • 2+ years’ experience as a school in an educational environment
  • Impeccable organization skills
  • Able to establish rapport with students and their parents
  • BLS certification preferred
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite

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