First District Health Unit is accepting applications for a contract Public Health/School Nurse in Minot. This is a 10-month full-time contract beginning on or about August 3, subject to annual renewal.
This position requires a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing and a current license to practice in ND. Must be insurable and have a valid ND drivers license. The nurse selected will work approximately 2/3 of hours as school nurse and 1/3 of hours in other public health related activities, and will not typically work weekends or holidays. The contract rate is $35.75/hour. No benefits are offered for contract positions. To apply, see Applying at First District Health Unit. Applications will be accepted only until the position is filled.
Program Specific Duties of the School Nurse
- Provide staff training and in-service for school employees.
- Maintain health records on and write care plans for students with health care needs.
- Provide health education to students as requested by classroom teachers.
- Conduct health room visits and maintain records on those receiving direct services. Refer when necessary
- Serve as a liaison between the school, student, parents, and medical provider regarding the health needs of students.
- Serve as a consultant to the policy makers on school health issues.
- Attend IEP meetings as requested.
- Distribute medications and or delegate distribution of meds to school appointed staff.
- Provide flu vaccinations in the schools.
- Conduct school screenings such as vision screening.
- Assist in the identification of communicable diseases and monitor communicable disease outbreaks.
- Assist the schools with completion of the NDDH Immunization survey.
- Document all nursing actions and submit reports as required.
- Work within the scope of services defined in the FDHU/Minot Public Schools contract.
1. Health Teaching, Consultation and Counseling
Provides education during all interactions with clients, groups and the community; consults with and acts as a resource on a wide variety of health care issues, and mentors and trains students and other health professionals.
2. Screening, Referral and Follow-up, Case Management
Identifies unrecognized health risks through screening; provides referral, follow-up and case management connecting people to resources; empowers students and teachers to care for themselves and works with other public health professionals and private medical providers.
3. Community Organization, Collaboration and Coalition Building
Establishes and provides leadership for building community coalitions; collaborates with other community groups; assists in mobilizing the community to take action to improve the public’s health.
4. Emergency Planning and Response; Surveillance, Disease and Health Event Investigation and Outreach
Possesses knowledge of community resources, emergency policies and procedures; participates in emergency planning and response activities; conducts surveillance and monitors communicable disease data; identifies those at risk for communicable and chronic diseases through disease and health event investigation; provides information and services to address public health needs.
5. Advocacy, Social Marketing, and Policy Development and Enforcement
Advocates for clients to eliminate health disparities; directs media efforts to increase public awareness of health issues through social marketing; develops and designs policies and procedures; advocates for, influences and assists in policy development and enforcement.
Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Ability to recognize the needs and concerns of people and to maintain constructive relationships in dealing with them.
- Knowledge of the growth and development of infants, children and adolescents.
- Excellent physical assessment skills.
- Ability to handle sensitive issues in a mature, confidential manner with integrity and tact.
- Working knowledge of vaccines and immunization schedules.
- Working knowledge of community organizations that provide assistance to children and families.
- Ability to exercise independent judgment and make nursing care decisions.
- Ability to work independently.
- Must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.
- Must have a current license to practice nursing in North Dakota
- Must be eligible for Professional Liability Insurance.
- Must have a current drivers license
- Must be willing to travel and work flexible hours.
- Must provide an immunization record prior to employment.
- Must have all ACIP vaccines recommended for healthcare workers within 6 months of employment.
- Must have an annual influenza vaccination.
- Must attend all required staff meetings and trainings.