Department of Health
SENIOR COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSE - 64006550
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FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH – HILLSBOROUGH
Division of Community Health
SENIOR COMMUNITY HEALTH SCHOOL NURSE
Thank you for your interest in career opportunities with the Florida Department of Health - Hillsborough County. If you're looking to build a great career in public health - you've come to the right place. Many of our innovative and successful health programs are recognized throughout Florida. We hope you decide to join this team and make the Florida Department of Health - Hillsborough County your employer of choice.
The Department of Health’s mission is to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts.
The Florida Department of Health is responsible for the health and safety of all citizens and visitors to the state. As a public health agency, the Florida Department of Health must monitor the health status of Floridians, diagnose and investigate health problems, and mobilize local communities to address health-related issues. The Florida Department of Health develops policies and plans that support health goals, enforce laws and regulations that protect the health of all residents and visitors, and link people to needed health care services. The Florida Department of Health also provides specialized assistance to pregnant women, infants, and children with special health care needs, regulates health care practitioners, and provides medical disability determinations.
SENIOR COMMUNITY SCHOOL HEALTH NURSE
The school nurse will work within the School District of Hillsborough County, Florida.
The major focus of school nursing services is the prevention of illness and disability, and the early detection and correction of health problems. The school nurse is uniquely qualified in preventive health, health assessment, and referral procedures. Duties will include nursing assessments for students with health problems or at high-risk for developing health problems.
School nurses are also responsible for training and supervising Licensed Practical Nurses functioning in the role of Health Assistant as mandated by the Nurse Practice Act, along with training and monitoring Unlicensed Assistive Personnel. The nurse must have the ability to multi-task and communicate effectively with students, parents and staff.
This position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (BSN) with and a valid Registered Nurse license with the State of Florida.
The ideal candidate/employee must be willing to work a 10 ½ months position with unpaid leave during the summer break. This position requires a current certification in First Aid and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation.
Provide mandated health screening to students along with referrals and follow-up as needed.
Counsel students, staff and family members in the area of physical, emotional and social health.
Assure that school personnel who are assigned to administer medication or perform procedures are properly trained.
Develop care plans for students with health care needs that must be addressed during the school day.
Review student health records to insure compliance with the immunization requirements for school attendance.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Knowledge of nursing and public health principles, practices, and techniques. Ability to work with students and to establish
and maintain effective working relationships with others. Ability to plan, monitor, and evaluate services provided to students.
Ability to organize and coordinate work assignments. Ability to communicate verbally and in writing. Ability to teach and demonstrate preventative health care and basic health care. Knowledge of community resources.
Valid State of Florida Registered Nurse license
Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (BSN)
Candidates selected for interview will be required to furnish proof of licensure and education (i.e., license, diploma and/or transcripts)
Current certification in First Aid and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
2 years of experience in school health, pediatrics, public health, critical care or emergency room.
Other Desirable Qualifications:
2 years of experience supervising health staff
2 years of experience providing health presentations
Department of Health Career Service employees enjoy the following benefits:
State of Florida Retirement package - 3% employee contribution required
9 Annual paid holidays
Ability to earn 104 hours of paid Annual Leave (annually)
Ability to earn 104 Hours of paid Sick Leave (annually)
Health insurance for individual or family coverage - State pays 80% of premium
Life insurance – State pays 80% of premium
Additional supplemental insurances available such as dental, disability, etc.
Tax Deferred Medical and Child Care Reimbursement Accounts available
Tuition waivers to attend state universities and community colleges
Access to the Nursing Student Loan Forgiveness and Public Service Loan Forgiveness Programs
Additional benefits information can be found under the employment section of http://hillsborough.floridahealth.gov/about-us/careers.html
- Note: Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process.
Incumbents may be required to perform emergency duty before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days
Current State Employees - Salary for current employees is based on employee’s current payband/ paygrade.
Only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers will be hired.
Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962 will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. For more information, visit http://www.sss.gov.
The successful candidate will be required to complete the Form I-9 and that information will be verified using the E-Verify system. E-Verify is operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration to verify employment eligibility.
Fingerprinting is required of the successful applicant for a sensitive position. Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) to conduct this background check.
Successful completion of a drug test is a condition of employment for safety-sensitive positions.
If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended, or deemed ineligible depending on the date of your retirement.
Certain veterans and spouses of veterans receive preference in employment by the state (applies only to positions within the Career Service).
Florida has the third largest population of veterans in the nation with more than 1.5 million service men and women. The Florida Department of Health (department) is committed to serving members of the United States Armed Forces, veterans and their families by encouraging them to apply for vacancies that fit their area of knowledge and/or expertise. Through the Departments VALOR program, which expedites licensing for military veterans, the Department also waives initial licensing and application fees for military veterans who apply for a health care professional license within 60 months of an honorable discharge. These initiatives help ensure that the transition from military service into the workforce is as smooth as possible and reflects our appreciation for the dedication devoted to protecting our country.
The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.
Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.
The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.
VETERANS’ PREFERENCE. Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply. Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code. Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here. All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement.