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Job Title and Classification


The school nurse is employed by the LEA, Wilkes County Schools


The school health program is within the Student Support Services Program


The school nurse serves all schools in the Wilkes County School System



Primary Purpose


The professional school nurse is responsible for planning, implementing, coordinating, and evaluating school health services within the context of the Coordinated School Health Program Model


The school nurse serves in the roles of program manage/coordinator, case manager/direct care provider, collaborator/advocate, educator and counselor for the school district



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


The complex role of the school nurse demands, but is not limited to, and understanding and knowledge of:


Community, including the community as a system and aggregates as clients


Pediatric/Adolescent Nursing

Public Health/Community Health Nursing

Health counseling, mental health crisis interventions

Communicable Disease


Applicable laws, regulations and standards pertaining to school nursing practice (NC Nurse Practice Act, Standards of School Nursing Practice and the Eight components of a Coordinated School Health Program)


School Health Law


Special education legislation and services


Case finding, case management and health advocacy


Program Management including personnel supervision


Family theory, assessment and intervention


Leadership, Networking and collaboration


Ethnic and cultural sensitivity and competence


Contemporary health and psychosocial issues that influence children, families and the community


Health care delivery systems and the concepts of the primary health care


Building student, staff and family capacity for adaptation, self management, self advocacy and learning


School as a non-traditional health care setting


Development, management and evaluation of school health programs


Environmental health within the school community


Skills related to this important role include the ability to:


Plan, coordinate and supervise the work of others


Deal tactfully with others and exercise good judgment in appraising situations


Make independent and timely nursing decisions and to triage


Secure the cooperation and respect of students, faculty and staff


Elicit needed information and maintain effective working relationships


Collect data to direct evidence based practice


Record accurately services rendered and interpret and explain records, reports, activities, health care plans, accommodations and medical interventions


Identify health related barriers to learning (i.e. at risk behaviors, financial, cultural, economical etc.)




Duties, Responsibilities and Essential Job Functions


The professional school nurse within WCS is responsible for planning, implementing, coordinating and evaluating school health services that:


Maximize the quantity of in-class time by reducing the incidence of health related absenteeism

Eliminate or minimize health problems which impair learning


Promote the highest degree of independent function possible


Promote student, staff and community awareness of and participation in health behaviors



The school nurse will provide:


Standards of Care


Assessment: Collects comprehensive data pertinent to the client’s health or situation


Diagnosis: Analyzes the assessment data to determine the nursing diagnosis or issues


Outcomes Identification: Identifies goals


Planning: Develops a plan, as needed, to obtain goals


Implementation:  Implements plans through coordination of care, health teaching and health promotion and consultation to influence the identified plan, enhance the abilities of others and effect change


Evaluation: Evaluates progress towards attainment of outcomes


Standards of Professional Performance


Quality of Practice: Systematically enhances the quality and effectiveness of nursing practice


Education:  Attains knowledge and competency that reflects current school nursing practice


Professional Practice Evaluation:  Evaluates one’s own nursing practice in relation to professional practice standards and guidelines, relevant statues, rules and regulations


Collegiality: Interacts with and contributes to the professional development of peers and school personnel as colleagues


Collaboration:  Collaborates with the client, the family, school staff and others in the conduct of school nursing practice


Ethics: Integrates ethical provisions in all areas of practice


Research: Integrates research findings into practice


Resource Utilization:  Considers factors related to safety, effectiveness, costs and impact on practice on the planning and delivery of school nursing services


Leadership: Provides leadership in the professional practice setting and the profession


Management: Assists in the management of school health services


Performance and Work Load Standards


Attend the New School Nurse Orientation and follow up sessions as indicated


Collect data for the NC DHHS School Health Nursing Survey and Program Summary (End of Year Report)



Job Qualifications


Registered Nurse, currently licensed in North Carolina


Baccalaureate degree in nursing and working toward national school nurse certification with the stipulation that certification be completed within 3 years of hire date