Job Description / Essential Elements:
Under the general supervision of an assigned supervisor, provide school health and nursing services to Mendocino County Office of Education (MCOE) member districts; promote health and prevention education and safety; and refer students, parents or guardians to appropriate community resources or recommended health service programs.
REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Provide school health and nursing services to students of MCOE and member districts;
• Conduct health-required screening for vision, hearing and scoliosis;
• Assess first-aid needs, communicable diseases and infection-control issues;
• Oversee the administration of medication;
• Provide consultation and assist school staff, students and families with communicable disease control, first-aid, student health assessments, school site health and safety assessment and related matters;
• Promote health and prevention education and safety;
• Conduct staff education and inservice training meetings related to specialized health conditions, procedures and medications;
• Operate, maintain and assure proper working condition of a variety of specialized medical and screening equipment, such as an audiometer, otoscope, vision screening devices, etc.;
• Prepare and maintain a variety of state and other reports as required, such as student progress reports, immunization, hearing and Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP);
• Assure proper case management;
• Refer students, parents or guardians to appropriate community resources for recommended health service programs;
• Assist students and families to access medical health providers;
• Participate in health related Individualized Educational Program (IEP) meetings for the assessment and placement of special education students;
• Oversee the implementation of Medi-Cal billing for schools, as assigned;
• Act as case manager working with families of students who have specialized health care needs and/or chronic health conditions;
• Perform related duties as assigned.
• Medication effects and proper administration procedures;
• Proper operation of specialized health assessment instruments;
• Modern medical terminology, equipment and techniques;
• Accepted methods and principles of personal hygiene;
• Diagnostic methods for medical conditions and diseases;
• IEP requirements;
• Accepted testing techniques for hearing, vision, and other screenings;
• Interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy;
. Oral and written communication skills;
• Public health agencies and local health care resources;
• Health and safety regulations;
• Modern office practices, procedures, and equipment;
• Record-keeping techniques.
• Screen students for vision, hearing and other developmental medical problems;
• Perform technical duties related to assigned components of the IEP program;
• Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action during routine and emergency situations;
• Train and provide health information to parents, students and staff;
• Prepare and deliver oral presentations regarding health and safety issues and communicable diseases;
• Identify various health needs, unusual and critical cases, and recommend appropriate action;
• Maintain records and prepare comprehensive reports according to established County Office rules, regulations and state mandates;
• Counsel and provide health related information to parents of school-aged students;
• Establish and maintain files, records, reports and referrals;
• Communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
• Plan and organize work;
• Read, interpret, apply and explain rules, regulations, policies and procedures;
• Adapt to periodic heavy workload;
• Maintain regular and reliable attendance.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
• A Bachelor of Arts Degree from an accredited college or university in nursing, health education or closely related field.
• Three (3) years of nursing experience, with one (1) year in a community health setting is desirable.
CREDENTIALS, LICENSES, AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
• Possess a valid School Health Services Credential or Provisional Credential;
• Possess a valid California State License at the level of a Registered Nurse;
• Possess a valid First-Aid and CPR Certificate;
• Possess a valid School Audiometrist Certificate;
• Possess or obtain upon employment, a valid California Driver License;
• Provide proof of automobile insurability;
• Meet the physical requirements necessary to perform assigned duties safely and effectively, including lifting fifty (50) pounds on an occasional basis and in excess of fifty (50) pounds with assistance.
• Office, school, campus and community environment;
• Driving a vehicle to conduct work as assigned by the position.
• Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate various equipment;
• Seeing to read a variety of materials;
• Hearing and speaking to exchange information and make presentations;
• Sitting or standing for extended periods of time;
• Walking, twisting, stooping, crouching, kneeling, bending over, grasping, reaching overhead, pushing, pulling and moving, lifting and/or carrying 0-50 pounds to waist height.
• Potential for contact with bodily fluids, blood-borne pathogens and communicable diseases;
• Driving a vehicle during adverse weather conditions.