Woburn Public Schools Health Services
1:1 School Nurses (RN’s)
- Valid license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Massachusetts
- Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing
- CPR with AED certified by AHA or ARC
- PREFER, but not required: experience as a Registered Nurse in Pediatrics, Community Health, or other relevant clinical nurse setting
Reports to: Director of Special Education
Scope of Responsibilities: To provide professional health services and coordinate the resources of the school, home, and community as they pertain to the total health of our students. The school nurse will adhere to Safe Practice and the Massachusetts Nurse Practice Act. On occasion services may be provided in student’s homes. Specifically, candidates may provide morning and afternoon services that provide both medical and academic support to students with severe disabilities.
- Assess and evaluate the student’s health and the impact of health problems on the student’s educational progress.
- Utilize effective techniques to counsel students, parents, and school personnel and develop an action plan for eliminating, minimizing or accepting health problems.
- Assume a leadership role in the identification of students with health needs that interfere with effective learning.
- Using the nursing process, collaborates with the parent/guardian and student where appropriate, to develop and implement an individualized health care plan for the student.
- Coordinate health services with other health disciplines in order to fulfill a total health program such as programs for prevention and control of disease.
- Coordinate health services with community health programs.
- Observe school facilities and recommend modifications necessary to maintain optimum health and safety of students and school personnel.
- Respond to frequently encountered health and social issues, providing crisis intervention when required, including, but not limited to:
- Nutrition problems and eating disorders
- Juvenile Diabetes
- Responds to a child abuse and neglect issue (Mandated Reporter)
- Alcohol and drug use
- Teen pregnancy
- Death /Suicide
- Collaborate/cooperate with community providers and state agencies to meet the health, and social service needs of students.
- Organize, carry out, and report on the mandatory health screening programs and make appropriate referrals.
- Function as a resource to the student, parent, principal and teachers in matters pertaining to health or academics in the capacity of a 1:1.
- Demonstrate knowledge of, and ability to administer medications appropriately in keeping with school policy on administration of medication in the school, as well as adhering to MA Board of Registration in Nursing Medication Protocols.
- Provides medically prescribed interventions (while adhering to state regulations), and provides care to ill children on a daily basis.
- Assess family history and home situations which may affect a student’s health via home visits when necessary.
- Provide a home visit if necessary
- Upon request or when the 1:1 designated student is absent, service other special education students as needed.
- Maintain an accurate health record on each student.
- Screen all new students to ensure compliance with immunization laws, and make recommendations for exclusion of students for lack of compliance.
- Recommend exclusion and monitor readmission to school for students with infectious or communicable diseases.
- Maintain first aid supplies and equipment in the Nurse’s Office.
- Responds promptly to health emergencies
- Assists students with activities of daily living (toileting, showering, etc.)
- Document all health related activity provided to students and staff in an Electronic Health Record (EHR), using SNAP computer program. Complete accident reports and worker’s compensation claims (staff).
- Other duties as assigned by the Principal, SPED Director, or Nurse Leader.