Full-Time School Nurse
Mary McDowell Friends School is a K-12 college preparatory program dedicated to the success of students with learning disabilities. Grounded in the Quaker values of equality, integrity, and social responsibility, we cultivate a diverse community where all students can reach their full potential. Our specialized teaching methodologies and challenging curricula empower students to become academic achievers, creative thinkers, and contributing members of a global society.
Mary McDowell Friends School (MMFS) invites applications for a full-time School Nurse beginning August 2023.
Position, Overview The School Nurse will support the school’s mission by ensuring the school community’s health and wellness. The school nurse provides a high degree of individualized attention and intervention and works collaboratively with occupational and speech & language therapists, psychologists, and social workers to provide the highest level of care.
Responsibilities and Duties Provide Direct Care to Students – Provide care for injuries and acute illness for all students and long-term management of students with special health care needs.
- Responsibilities include assessment and treatment within the scope of professional nursing practice, communication with parents, referral to physicians, and provision or supervision of prescribed nursing care.
- Assessment of health complaints, medication administration, and care for students with special health care needs
- An individualized health care plan is developed for students with chronic conditions. When appropriate, an emergency plan is developed to manage potential emergent events in the school setting (e.g., diabetes, asthma). The school nurse ensures that the student’s individualized health care plan is part of the individualized education plan (IEP), when appropriate, and that both plans are developed and implemented with full team participation, which includes the student, family, and pediatrician.
- The school nurse provides leadership for the provision of health services, policies, and programs
- Manage the system for emergencies and urgent situations
- The school nurse provides screening and referral for health conditions
- Mandated health screenings, verification of immunizations, and infectious disease reporting for DOH inspection and review
- The school nurse promotes overall health as well as a healthy school environment
- The school nurse will assist with students’ daily routines
- The school nurse is a liaison between school personnel, family, healthcare professionals, and the community
- The school nurse accompanies students and faculty on day trips; ensures first aid bags are prepared with appropriate supplies, emergency medications, and medications needed for trips
- Order supplies for the nursing office as needed
- Participate cooperatively in a program of school health nursing.
- Exercise professional judgment in making decisions.
- Communicate appropriately, collaboratively, and effectively with students, parents, administrators, other school personnel, health care providers, and community agencies.
- Demonstrate a genuine interest in the student population and its health needs.
- Organize a health office and manage time.
- Be a self-starter or self-motivated.
- Use a computer and various software applications.
This position has no supervisory responsibilities.
Work Environment & Physical Demands
This job requires maintaining the physical capacity to navigate the school environment and ensure the students’ safety. Moderate physical activity. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 25 pounds or standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day. Classroom locations vary based on student schedules and work location; this position occasionally ascends/descends stairs to reach rooms in the building (one to five flights). This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets. The work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require extensive safety precautions and may include protective equipment.
Regularly exposed to the risk of bloodborne diseases; Contact with patients under various circumstances. Exposed to unpleasant elements (accidents, injuries, illnesses), subject to varying and unpredictable situations. Handles emergencies or crises and may perform emergency care. Possess the ability to work accurately and in an organized fashion in a high-paced and often stressful environment.
The physical demands described here represent those that an employee must meet to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
In compliance with NYC’s Pay Transparency Act, this position’s annual salary range is $67,000-85,000. Mary McDowell Friends School considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, essential skills, internal peer equity, and market and organizational considerations when extending an offer.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
This exempt, full-time is classified as a faculty position (mid-August through June). Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., depending on the assigned division, with a half-hour paid lunch. Evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand and will be scheduled in advance. Attendance is required on professional development and parent-teacher conference days.
Travel between campuses is necessary on occasion, and they are within walking distance from each other. As a part of your job requirement, all nursing staff must go on at least one overnight trip every school year. Your supervisor will provide you with the schedule of trips for the year and determine which trip(s) you will participate in. While we will try and facilitate the trip that best fits your schedule, there are no guarantees that your preference will be honored.
Registered Nurse in New York State
1-5 years of direct experience in a pediatric or urgent care setting
Familiarity with professional and technical emerging knowledge
Problem-solving skills and ability to multi-task
Compassionate with good communication skills
Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with school-age children (K-12), and external agencies
Willingness to learn and adapt to a new environment
Preferred Education & Experience
Experience in the private education sector; Independent school system a plus.
How to ApplyApplication We offer rewarding work experience at our Brooklyn, NY, location. The school is committed to the principles and practices of diversity and inclusiveness throughout the community. It strongly encourages applications from candidates who would enhance the diversity of the school's administration and faculty. To apply, please upload a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three professional references as a .pdf (preferable) or Word document. Our ideal candidate will be collaborative, flexible, diplomatic, confident, enthusiastic, patient, and have a sense of humor. If your background and experience are appropriate for the position, you will be contacted directly by a member of our search committee. Visit our website for more information on our schools.
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