Girard College is a full-scholarship boarding school for academically capable students from qualified families of limited financial resources. Girard College’s mission is to prepare scholarship students for advanced education and life as informed, ethical and productive citizens through a rigorous education program that promotes intellectual, social and emotional growth. Girard College students will be prepared to complete a bachelor’s degree in order to maximize their ability to pursue productive careers and be engaged citizens.
Reporting to the Girard College Nurse Supervisor, the main role of the school nurse is to ensure that every child is in optimal health to facilitate learning. The school nurse focuses on supporting the physical, mental, emotional and social well being of the students to promote success in learning. The school nurse is responsible for caring for children in grades 1-12. Excellent communication skills and a very caring attitude are required to build positive relationships with students, parents and other staff. This position is available August 28, 2017 and the work hours are Sunday through Thursday from 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
Students receive treatment for acute and long term medical conditions that may include diabetes, asthma, blood disorders, high blood pressure, seizure disorders, anaphylaxis, and etc. Acute management can range from treating minor cuts and scrapes to medical emergencies requiring transport to other facilities. Medication administration ranges from over the counter to prescription medications administered under the direction of the nursing supervisor and the Medical Director. Providing basic first aid and medical care to other school staff is inclusive in the school nurse duties.
Individualize care to meet the biophysical, psychosocial and educational needs of each student.
Make referrals to the appropriate support staff when warranted by the nursing assessment or an expressed need.
Assess, evaluate and treat minor to severe injuries according to nursing standards and school policy.
Effectively communicate with families, the health care team and other school staff to provide continuity of care.
Participate in mandatory health screenings for vision, hearing, and scoliosis. Make the necessary referrals and follow up on corrective actions as needed.
Participate in annual immunization screenings for each student and make appropriate corrections to meet state mandated compliance. Administer vaccines when required.
Administer prescribed and over the counter medication according to nursing standards under the supervision of the nurse supervisor and the Medical Director.
Provide health education and teaching to students as well as staff to promote health and wellness.
Proficient use of computers for e-mails, Word document, Excel, and power point. Familiar with Veracross or a comparable electronic medical record system.
Maintain confidentiality of all information in student medical files and in the dissemination of verbal or written information to other staff and disciplines.
Document all student visits in the medical records and utilize the nursing process to manage care. Evaluates effectiveness of care given and documents the response.
Demonstrate sound judgment and clinical knowledge in planning and decision making.
Demonstrate the ability to function under stressful situations.
Adhere to universal precautions and infection control guidelines.
Demonstrate professionalism through appearance, attendance, performance, and communication at all times.
The school nurse must demonstrate autonomy and the ability to manage a variety of health concerns as well unexpected occurrences that may not be of a medical nature but one where the nurse is the facilitator for initiating the best intervention.
Current PA RN/LPN Licensure
Current CPR/AED Certification
A minimum of 3 years previous experience in pediatrics
Previous use of data systems designed for student records
Must be able to climb stairs in various campus buildings.
Girard College is a private boarding school on a 43 acre campus, grades 1 through 12. Our students are from families with limited financial resources, headed by a single parent or guardian. All of our students receive a full scholarship for this five-day residential program that prepares students for advanced education. Girard College is located at 2101 South College Avenue. For more information visit our website http:www.girardcollege.edu.