School Certified Nursing Assistant
2018-19 School Year
GENERAL DEFINITION OF WORK:
Works primarily with those students who are severely to profoundly limited in their ability to perform independently in terms of basic motor, sensory, self-care, medical, cognitive and/or behavior function. Provides responsible para-professional, clerical, and human support in assisting the classroom teacher in the management and instruction of special education students; performs related tasks as required and directed. All work is performed under the direction and supervision of the special education teacher and school nurse; however, the aide may independently carry out particular aspects of the instructional program which includes activities outside of the normal school facility .
Carries out instructional plans as designated by special education teacher and the student's Individual Educational Plan (IEP);
Maintains student training data according to prescribed procedures;
Undergoes training in prescribed medical procedures for assigned student to include such tasks as tube feeding, monitoring and medication administration;
Takes and records vital signs at prescribed intervals and as warranted; Monitors neurological and respiratory status and reports to the special education teacher and nurse when rates are outside of the identified normal range;
Is able to follow the Individual Health Care Plan (IHP) and recognizes and responds appropriately to emergencies;
Recognizes when student is having a medical emergency, such as a seizure, and takes appropriate action to include first aid measures and assists with the administration of emergency medication;
Assists with toileting, feeding, and positioning of students; performs functions related to hygiene and comfort for assigned students;
Prepares, cleans, and maintains classroom, bathroom, and other areas for medical or sanitary duties;
Assists with medical related duties, i.e. catheterization, gastrointestinal feedings, assistive breathing devices, colostomy and ileostomy needs, both in the school setting and while transporting to and from school;
Strictly adheres to a daily schedule which regularly and systematically accounts for the student’s IEP.
With special education teacher's supervision and direction, carries out behavior management programs as appropriate;
Assists special education teacher in related instructional activities (e.g., field trips, library, assembly, etc.) as directed;
Assists in physical movement of students from one learning environment to another;
Performs such duties as attendance, recording and collection of lunch monies as directed by special education teacher;
Performs such clerical duties as typing, filing, and copying at the direction of special education teacher;
Supervises and trains students during free time and other non-instructional periods as directed by special education teacher;
Assists in maintenance of special education students' records, under the supervision of special education teacher and/or building principal;
Performs other duties as assigned by special education teacher or administration;
Participates in team meetings; Assists with carry-over of related services, i.e., Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech, Adapted Physical Education, and Vision.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Ability to develop and maintain an empathetic attitude toward disabled/handicapped students. Willing to learn specialized instructional/management techniques employed with disabled/handicapped students. Demonstrates sound judgment. Ability to communicate and develop effective working relationships with students, parents, and staff. Basic computer and clerical skills. Must be able to maintain strict confidentiality.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school. Minimum one (1) year experience as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Experience in the care of children with special health needs preferred. Hold appropriate credentials as a Certified Nursing Assistant and certified in First Aid and CPR.
PHYSICAL CONDITIONS AND NATURE OF WORK CONTACTS:
Duties performed typically in school settings to include: classroom, gym, cafeteria, auditorium and recreational areas. Frequent walking, standing, lifting up to 80 pounds, and other physical activities necessary for the movement and comfort of disabled students are required. Occasional travel with students on field trips may be necessary. Regular movement of students by wheelchairs and other mechanical devices may be required. Personal hygiene of disabled students in changing catheters, diapers and clothing is required. Training and immunization against blood borne pathogens is necessary. Occasional lifting of equipment such as audio-visuals weighing up to 50 pounds may be required. Occasional attendance to parent conferences, building-level meetings and division- wide meetings and training activities beyond normal assigned hours is necessary. Daily personal and close contact with children to provide classroom management and learning environment support is required. Regular contact with other staff members, parents and medical professionals may be required. Contacts with community and division-level staff may require considerable tact and diplomacy. Contact with children requires considerable empathy and understanding of students with disabilities.
Performance will be evaluated on the ability and effectiveness in carrying out the above responsibilities.