Solutions & Resources Limited
Our client an international School that runs the British curriculum, located in Calabar, Cross River state, requires for immediate employment the service of a competent School Nurse.
To provide a clinically effective, high-quality service of nursing care and health promotion to pupils, and first aid care to all members of the school community. The School Nurse is based in the medical room, which is a spacious and well-equipped treatment room.
Health & Safety:
Supervise the medical room (including care of sick, injured and distressed individuals until better and further care can be arranged with parents, hospital, dispense drugs as appropriate etc.)
Review, monitor and record the health status of all pupils on entry to school in accordance with the national Child Health Programme (not including giving vaccinations)
Liaise with local Health Authority in arranging for them to deliver inoculation programs.
Work with teachers to identify children with particular developmental concerns, assess their health status and refer to specialist services where necessary.
Work with parents, carers, specialist health professionals and others to develop, implement and monitor in-school care plans for pupils with complex health needs and long-term conditions (e.g. asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, anorexia or eating disorders, etc.) to enable them to attend and benefit from school.
Implement and maintain arrangements for first-aid provision to comply with statutory requirements, including risk assessment to determine sensible and reasonably the total number of first-aid personnel required, the training of first-aiders, maintenance of records, accident reporting arrangements, statutory notices and first-aid boxes.
Advise the Head in the development of health-related policies, preventive or risk reduction programmes of work around any specifically identified school needs, e.g. nutrition, physical activity, medical checks, teenage pregnancy initiatives, nut allergies, obesity, eating disorders.
Academic visits – accompany as appropriate to support students with special needs.
Support EVC in advising trip leads (identifying potential issues on trips from student medical/trip forms).
Monitor/maintain and update student medical/health records on school core data base
Contribute to the development of School emergency/business continuity plans include a response to outbreaks of communicable diseases.
Attend, constructively participate in and prepare reports as required for the school Health and Safety Committee.
Devise and implement strategies to ensure that the most vulnerable pupils and those with particular personal needs/problems (e.g. pupils who are carers, those with diabetes, those self-harming) are identified and appropriately supported.
Work with staff, parents, carers and pupils to reduce above average absence due to sickness e.g. support work to enable pupils with long term conditions to self-care in school, supporting programmes for those with school phobias.
Work with teaching staff and the Child Protection Officer to identify and act to safeguard pupils at risk of or suffering from physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect. This will include identifying and referring pupils at risk or suffering from maltreatment.
Monitor student visits to nurse to identify any potential problems which the SMT need to be informed of ASAP.
Provide contraceptive advice for pupils and facilitate access to contraception to those who require it, whilst upholding the values of the school’s Sex and Relationships Policy.
Play an active role in health promotion through the planning, delivery and support of the school PHME programme, as directed by the PHME Co-ordinator.
Advise parents and staff on immunisation programmes and outbreaks of communicable diseases.
Uphold medical confidentiality in line with legal (common law and statutory) duty of confidentiality to pupils and maintain medical records accurately, confidentially and safely.
Keep records of all accidents to staff/students and visitors. Management of Resources
Ensure that the medical room, facilities and first aid kits throughout the school are maintained to meet the school’s requirements.
Ensure that all dispensed treatment given and all supplies used are recorded; record the dispensing of drugs following drug protocols.
Ensure that all first aid supplies are replenished to meet minimum requirements by regular inspection of stocks and dispensing records. Training and Development of self and others
Maintain and improve professional knowledge and competence, keeping up to date with professional, clinical and nursing issues relevant to work in schools.
Provide training, support and advice for teachers and other staff on specific health needs/issues e.g. use of epi-pens, diabetes care, epilepsy, allergies, substance misuse, head lice, eating disorders, self-harm and other mental health issues.
The School Nurse may also be required to cover admin or reception duties from time to time.
RN/Appropriate nursing qualification
A track record of successful delivery as a School Nurse
3 to 5 years’ cognate experience
Strong commitment to team working.
Experience of young people and related issues.
Awareness of current developments in school nursing services, primary care and health promotion