Full Job Description
Reporting to the Director of Health and Wellness, the Registered Nurse is a year round position, serving as an integral part of Shrub Oak’s comprehensive health and wellness program. He/she employs an evidence-based, student-centric approach to providing high-quality, proactive direct and indirect nursing, medical and overall proactive wellness care to our students. The Registered Nurse provides front line support for the daily operations of the health and wellness program both on and off campus, guiding and mentoring students, assisting with emergency response procedures, and collaborating with all members of the Shrub Oak staff. The Registered Nurse builds trusting relationships with students, families, the community and other medical service providers, while representing Shrub Oak International School in a respectful, competent manner.
Works with the Director of Health and Wellness to create a proactive, comprehensive (and non-duplicative) health plan of care for reach student. This includes but is not limited to collaboratively working with current health care providers, families, and prior health care providers to obtain previous medical records.
Employs a student-centric approach, ensuring that high quality, respectful care is consistently provided to all students; proactively monitors and evaluates patient/client care processes and outcomes utilizing continuous process improvement to the unique needs of each student
Performs nursing assessments, triages and prioritizes student health concerns; manages the situation, seeking out appropriate assistance as required in accordance with Shrub Oak protocols and standard nursing procedures; communicates information to the Director of Health & Wellness on case assessments and student care
Conducts medication administration, ensuring that the Six Rights of Medication Administration are followed at all times; works with the prescribing provider and the pharmacy to ensure medication(s) are available for appropriate administration
Provides first aid and emergency care to staff and students, as necessary, within the Scope of Practice of a registered nurse; collaborates closely with the Director of Health and Wellness, Clinical, and Security teams (and external medical teams) as needed to triage appropriate care as required
Develops relationships with students to proactively meet their health and wellness needs; assists to de-escalate students experiencing psychological crises in a safe and nonjudgmental manner, escalating to the the Director of Health & Wellness, Clinical staff and other Shrub Oak personnel per Shrub Oak procedures
Performs annual student health screening tests (e.g. hearing, vision) of students; performs other tests i.e. EKGs on students as necessary for clinical symptoms and medication monitoring. Obtains laboratory specimens as ordered, arranging for timely transportation to the lab for accurate testing
Assesses students immunization records for completeness, using ACIP guidelines as the gold standard.
Serves as an educator and mentor to guide staff and students in health and wellness matters
In conjunction with the Director of Health & Wellness and other Student Life staff, conducts health and wellness programs and seminars to proactively enhance knowledge and the overall wellbeing of the students
Creates collaborative relationships with students’ parents and guardians, providing on going communication regarding the health status of their child as needed and required
Maintains the highest standards of confidentiality, whether communicating verbally, electronically, or in writing, and in accordance with legal requirements
Ensures, as an integral member of the health care team, that each student’s record is complete and up-to-date
Timely completes all necessary medical documents and forms; documents nursing assessment and interventions clearly, concisely, and accurately in medical records
Schedules and manages all needed appointments, including internal and outside medical, and outsourced dental, appointments. Communicates with others in the treatment milieu when students need to be absent from regularly scheduled programming due to a medical appointment.
Follows the policies, procedures, and protocols set forth in Shrub Oak policies and procedures; proactively seeks clarification if policies, procedures standards are unclear
Attends and participates in department/agency meetings, events and professional development opportunities on a routine basis.
Advises, supports and mentors students on various life issues collaborating with faculty and clinicians as necessary and follow up with all issues regularly
Supports the individualized IEP and other developmental goals for each student, collaborating with the IEP team including documenting efforts and progress
Serves as a campus and community resource for students and staff by advising and providing guidance in planning programs, activities, academic support
Attends all staff meetings and seminars as scheduled, including all staff orientation/training
Remains abreast updates and advances in nursing, health and wellness generally and with respect to our students through routine professional development activities, both internally and externally.
Performs other department responsibilities as needed
Required Skills – Competencies – Qualifications
Demonstrated ability to achieve desired results working collaboratively in a dynamic environment with multiple stakeholders while being sensitive and responsive to the diverse needs of students, families, faculty, and staff, with a high degree of cultural competency and collegiality
Experience in program design, management, and implementation
Ability to effectively and proactively interact with a wide variety of people in a manner that values diversity, and positively portrays Shrub Oak, its programs, personnel, and philosophies
Demonstrated ability to remain sensitive and responsive to the diverse needs of the students, families, faculty, and staff, with a high degree of cultural competency and collegiality
Outstanding and effective verbal and written communication skills with the ability to prepare and deliver presentations. Must be able to communicate and interact effectively with all levels of students, faculty, staff and all external constituencies
Ability to adapt, remain flexible and have the ability to make sound and appropriate decisions under pressure where situations/circumstances are continually evolving
Ability to multi-task, and handle multiple situations with discretion, sensitivity to a variety of factors, and utilizing sound judgment
Proficiency in computer skills including the Microsoft Office Suite, databases, electronic communication, and web based applications
Interest in collaborating beyond the confines of Health and Wellness including programming, education, professional development and outreach
Passionate about working with and mentoring students (adolescents and young adults) within area of responsibilities, all to empower his/her self-determination, self-advocacy and development
Ability to work flexible hours is required
Education and Experience
Associate’s Degree, or Bachelor’s Degree in nursing, from an accredited nursing program; Licensed as a Registered Nurse in the state of New York
A minimum of three (3) years experience as a registered nurse; experience in pediatrics preferred
Demonstrated ability to work independently, within the scope of practice for a registered nurse, when supervisor is not physically present on-site
Experience working with adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum is preferred
Physical demands are in excess of sitting, and require walking or standing to a significant degree. The nurses are required to move throughout the campus and the surrounding community on a routine basis and execute program operations
Daily desk work including extensive amounts of computer and phone time as well as the ability to navigate stairs, mobility around a large campus with uneven pavement, bending and squatting, lifting/carrying boxes up to 25 pounds, and the ability to rearrange furniture for events is occasionally required
Work Environment This job operates on a school campus and residence halls.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work: Full time positions available. Full time evening shifts from 3PM to 11PM (M-F) and part-time (Sat and Sun 7-3)
Shrub Oak International School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to apply for a job or to perform the essentials functions of his/her job. Please advise us if you require a reasonable accommodation.