Substitute School Nurse

Under the supervision of the Assistant Head of School and Full-Time School Nurse, the Substitute School Nurse is responsible for the operation of the School health center.
Responsibilities include:
  • Assess and provide first aid care to ill and injured students, faculty, and staff.
  • Assist individuals with specialized health care needs.
  • Maintain confidentiality, document and notify parents/ guardians, and/or Emergency Medical Services (EMS) as necessary.
  • Remain with and give comfort to ill or injured students until released to the parent/guardian. Offer comfort measures to students with minor discomforts.
  • Observe and report any unusual behavioral finding or unsafe student activity to School administrators. 
  • Assume responsibility for intervention and coordinate counseling appointments for students with mental health issues.
  • Assume the responsibilities of a Massachusetts Mandated Reporter.
  • Assist in administration of medications according to physician and parent instructions.  
  • Communicate with physicians and parents to obtain authorization forms.  Notify parents of prescription refills as needed. 
  • Maintain contact with physicians as references and/or for consultations. Maintain appropriate documentation and communication.
  • Maintain the health office in a clean, orderly and safe condition.  
  • Dispose of biomedical waste and hazards according to established procedures. 
  • Prepare and restock first aid kits for classrooms and field trips as assigned. Ensure medications are secured in double locked cabinets.
  • Maintain confidential student health records and accident reports including treatment records/logs, emergency information, immunization records, disability, and allergy information, and hearing/vision screening results.
  • Receive and review new student health files.  Communicate with other schools as needed to clarify or obtain information as needed.
  • Assure students have updated immunization records.  Prepare letters or exclusion notices and notify parents and Assistant Head of School as appropriate.
  • Maintain inventory and order health office supplies within budget guidelines.
  • Assist school administrators in the placement of medically involved students to include mainstreaming special needs students.
  • Screen for vision and hearing impairments. Designate those students who perform unsatisfactorily on the screening examinations to be re-examined by appropriate sources.
  • Screen for head lice as needed.  Distribute information to parents regarding treatment of affected students.
  • Conduct periodic workshops and in-services to instruct school personnel in first aid, CPR, and related health procedures.  Develop and organize health services and injury prevention programs for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Maintain professional standing through required continuing education.
  • Partner with Safety Committee regarding fire and emergency procedures.
  • Participate in faculty meetings as required.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
  • Knowledge of state and federal health and safety regulations.
  • Degree from an accredited nursing program.
  • One year of medical/clinical experience as a Registered Nurse.
  • Current valid MA State License as a Registered Nurse.
  • Audiometric Certificate desirable.
  • Valid Advanced First Aid and CPR Certificate issued by an authorized agency.  Certification must be renewed every two years.
Physical Requirements:
  • Hearing and speaking to exchange information in person and on the telephone.
  • Seeing to assess student injuries or illnesses.
  • Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard and medical equipment, perform first aid and CPR.
  • Sitting or standing for extended periods of time.
  • Walking.
  • Pushing or pulling to assist students in wheelchairs.
  • Lifting and carrying moderately heavy children.
  • Bending at the waist.
  • Potential for contact with blood and/or other body fluids, blood-borne pathogens, and communicable diseases.
  • Chemicals including antiseptics and disinfectant.
  • Potential contact with physical aggression from students.

To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and professional references to