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Mecklenburg County’s School Health Program supports the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system. What is School Nursing? School Nursing is a specialized practice of nursing that protects and promotes student health, facilitates optimal development, and advances academic success. School Nurses are grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders who bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to develop their full potential. Why School Health? School Health nurses utilize knowledge and skills from multiple areas of nursing, and they build strong and long-lasting relationships with students, staff, families, and community partners. For those who have a passion for kids, this gives you the opportunity to work with them day to day.
The Mecklenburg County Public Health (MCPH) School Nurses provide preventive health services to facilitate students’ optimal physical, mental, emotional, and social growth and development. The Registered Nurses work in the school setting to strengthen and facilitate the educational process by improving and protecting the health status of children. A current license to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) in North Carolina and current North Carolina or South Carolina driver’s license is required. The Mecklenburg County Public Health (MCPH) School Health Program provides general nursing services for students enrolled in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS). MCPH employees are required to receive annual immunization against the flu unless a medical or religious exemption applies. Other immunizations may also be required unless a medical or religious exemption applies. MCPH school nurses follow the Mecklenburg County vacation, holiday, and inclement weather schedules, which may differ from the CMS schedule. MCPH employees are expected to respond during emergent public health events and certain planned public health events. The events may or may not involve school-aged children and youth.
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Position Specific Information:
Please note: This is a Full-Time permanent 10-month position. What that means is you will be working for 10 months of the year, August to June, and be off on a summer break for eight (8) weeks over the summer. During this time, you will not be receiving pay since you are not working. However, your benefits do continue during this time. During the 10 months that you are working you will be paying a prorated amount to cover the cost of your benefits during the summer months that you are not working.
This position will offer up to a $7,500.00 sign-on bonus!!
· Ensure compliance with agency policies, procedures, and protocols, as well as Board of Nursing laws, rules, and standards.
· Perform specific health care procedures and/or treatments under standing orders or orders from the student’s health care provider.
· Administer daily and PRN (as needed) medications and nursing care procedures prescribed by the student’s physician; train unlicensed assistive personnel to perform delegable tasks for instances when the nurse is absent or not available.
· Initiate’s emergency procedures for students and staff as needed.
· Develop emergency action plans (EAP’s) and individual health plans (IHP’s)
· Provide consultation to school teams to assure that medical accommodations are made to support optimal learning (e.g., IEP and Section 504 teams).
· Orient the school staff and teaches specific medical procedures for students who may have special health care needs that must be addressed in the classroom.
· Assess compliance with immunization laws; participate in special immunization clinics provide by Mecklenburg County Public Health; may be assigned to administer immunizations during the clinics.
· Assume responsibility for appropriate assessment, planning, intervention, evaluation, management, and referral related to student health conditions that occur or become evident at school.
· Provide health counseling/classes and education to students, parents, school staff, and others on nutrition, disease prevention, chronic diseases, healthy lifestyles, and health promotion topics to facilitate responsible decision-making.
· Document health services per Program policy using an electronic health record system.
· Present, train, and maintain appropriate standards from OSHA regarding contact with, and possible exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other potentially infectious body materials within the school or employment setting.
· Provide health education and anticipatory counseling.
· Follow procedures for suspected cases of child abuse and neglect.
· Act as a liaison between the school, home, public health professionals, health care providers, and other community agencies.
· Coordinate presentations by various agencies and professionals on pertinent health care topics as requested by school staff.
· Maintain school health office equipment and assesses/maintains stock of consumable supplies.
· Mecklenburg County Health Department employees: Respond in cases of urgent and/or emergent events that require public health interventions. Employees may be trained for and assigned duties unrelated to their regular work; work outside normal business hours and workdays and/or in a different work location may be required. Emergency events include, but are not limited to, communicable disease outbreaks, severe weather situations (e.g., snow or ice storms, tornados, hurricanes), natural disasters (e.g., earthquakes), fire, or power outages, and acts of terrorism.
Experience: Minimum of 2 years of nursing experience, preferably in child health, school health, public health, home health, or emergency nursing. Candidate must have active nursing experience within the last 5 years.
Education: Bachelor’s Degree or higher in nursing from an accredited college. If a higher degree in Nursing was conferred without a BSN, employment may be possible with the stipulation the incumbent successfully completes course work and exams for Principles and Practices of Public Health Nursing within a year.
Equivalent Education & Experience Accepted? No
Licenses and Certifications:
· Current license to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) in NC issued by the NC Board of Nursing or another Nurse Licensure Compact State.
· Certification in Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (CPR & AED) by the American Heart Association that is valid for at least 90 days after hire. Maintenance of this certification is required and as funds are available may be supported as part of employment.
· National certification in school nursing required within 3 years of hire date. Maintenance of this certification is required.
· May require valid NC or SC driver’s license.
· May require the ability to obtain and maintain a Mecklenburg County Operator’s Permit (COP).
· Annual Mecklenburg County Human Resource background screening
· Work experience as a Registered Nurse (RN) within the last five years
· Valid North Carolina or South Carolina driver’s license. Personal vehicle for use at work or the ability to arrange appropriate transportation is required. Upon hire, the applicant must meet qualifications for a Mecklenburg County Operator’s Permit – Safety Sensitive.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
· Nursing techniques with strong nursing assessment skills
· Medical and legal terminology
· Principles of public health and associated laws
· Human anatomy and physiology
· Clinical sanitation and personal hygiene
· Principles of child, adolescent and adult growth and development
· Nursing in a non-traditional health care setting
· Scope of nursing practice
· Principles of communicable disease prevention and epidemiology
· Prioritizing and assigning work
· Managing and executing multiple tasks
· Maintaining various confidential records
· Medication administration and basic nursing procedures
· Working with multidisciplinary teams and diverse client populations
· Evaluating records to ensure accreditation standards are met
· Using electronic heath records for nursing documentation
· Applying and explaining applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies, and/or procedures
· Exercising judgment and discretion
· Maintaining records and files
· Care Management: Having the knowledge and skills to secure relevant patient care data and identify key issues and relationships in the management of patient care; understanding the relationships among assessments, interventions, and patient responses; skilled in documentation of assessments and adjusting physical and cognitive prescriptions as needed
· Commitment: Using appropriate interpersonal styles and techniques to gain acceptance of ideas or plans; modifying one’s own behavior to accommodate tasks, situations, and individuals involved
· Communication: Clearly conveying information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the information provided
· Customer Satisfaction: Ensuring that the customer perspective is a driving force behind business decisions and activities; crafting and implementing service practices that meet customers’ and own organization’s needs
· Decision Making: Identifying and understanding issues, problems, and opportunities; comparing data from different sources to draw conclusions; using effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions; taking action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probably consequences
· Interpersonal Effectiveness – Creating a good first impression; commanding attention and respect; displaying confidence
· Patient Education/Health Promotion: Supporting, explaining, and instructing patient and patient’s family (significant other, care giver, etc.) in understanding the clinical procedures and equipment used to facilitate optimum health status; promoting the lifestyle changes required of the patient and the patient’s family to achieve optimum health status
· Patient Relations: Meeting patient and patient family needs; taking responsibility for a patient’s safety, satisfaction, and clinical outcomes; using appropriate interpersonal techniques to resolve difficult patient situations and regain patient confidence
· Resource Management: Effectively managing one’s time and resources to ensure that work is completed efficiently
· Teamwork: Developing and using collaborative relationships to facilitate the accomplishment of work goals
Proficient in various computer applications including Microsoft Office Suite
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
In addition to a competitive salary, Mecklenburg County offers a generous benefits package which greatly increases your total compensation. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life, short term disability, long term disability, accident, cancer, critical illness, medical bridge, and pet insurance; dependent care, healthcare, and commuter flexible spending accounts; health savings account; paid holiday, vacation, and sick days; near-site clinics for preventive care and illnesses; an employee discount program which provides discounts for retail, dining, shopping, travel, tickets and more; an employee assistance program including financial and legal counseling; access to Mecklenburg County fitness and aquatic facilities; paid family leave; tuition reimbursement; a 5% employer match on retirement savings plan contributions and a defined benefit plan for retirement.
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS STATEMENT
To accomplish this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to help enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
This is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of job-related responsibilities, duties, skills, requirements or working conditions. Other duties may be assigned based on business need and the supervisor’s request. Mecklenburg County reserves the right to revise the job description at any time. Designated positions may be required to assist in emergency and/or disaster situations.
Mecklenburg County requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment for any new Mecklenburg County employees.
About Mecklenburg County Government
Mecklenburg County was formed in 1762 from the western part of Anson County and the first official governmental action took place in February 1763.
The North Carolina State Constitution approved in 1868 gave the citizens of all counties the right to elect a Board of County Commissioners to govern them.
From 1868 to 1986, Mecklenburg County was governed by a five member board elected at-large. The first seven-member board took office in 1986 and in 1994, the first nine-member Board took office. Six members are elected by districts and three are elected at-large.
Elections for the Board are held in November of even-numbered years. The Board takes office on the first Monday in December following the November election. A chairman and vice chairman are elected at the Board's first meeting in December.
The Board's primary responsibilities are to adopt an annual budget, set a property tax rate and establish priorities to address the County's needs, especially in the areas of health, education, welfare and mental health.