Nurse Practitioner- School Based Health Center

SUMMARY:

*This position will follow the School Based schedule*

The Nurse Practitioner is responsible for developing, implementing,  and managing a school-based health center program for school population as defined by the school district..  Also the Nurse Practitioner will be the primary care provider for the students registered at the SBHC.  Responsibilities include program management,  clinical services,  collaboration,  health education,  community health planning,  and professional practice. Participates in LCH community outreach efforts, as appropriate and as assigned.   This may include serving as a health consultant for the Lynn Public Schools, local day care centers, after school program, day camps or other community organizations, providing such services as programmatic consultation, preparation/review of health-related policies and documentation, and other health care related consultation, or participating in health screenings, health education programs or counseling at health fairs and other similar community events.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Respect and maintain patient confidentiality in all aspects of care including use of electronic information. 
  • Treat all patients in a welcoming and professional manner.
  • Demonstrate professionalism by appropriate attire, attendance, attitude, and behavior within the clinical setting.
  • Contribute to the team effort by supporting all team members and maintaining an open and positive attitude.
  • Welcome new employees and students to the team by assisting with their orientation to the team and mentoring them, as requested.

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

PROGRAM MANAGEMENT:

  • Advises a school health advisory committee that is appointed by the school committee or designee.
  • Consults with the SBHC physician/medical director, SBHC director,  and school administrators to develop and implement written policies and procedures for the clinical services and programs addressing health issues,  e.g.  immunization,  medication administration,  school-wide injury prevention programs,  and other special programs such as groups addressing eating dissorders,  Smoking cessation,  and violence prevention.
  • Participates in the development of an interdisciplinary plan for the SBHC to ensure that the students in need of services are identified in a timely manner and appropriate intervention is initiated.
  • Works with others to develop a needs assessment and data collections procedures.
  • Ensures the orientation, training, supervision,  and evaluation of paraprofessionals as needed to comply with the Nurse Practice Act and other relevant statutes and regulations.
  • Uses population-based data collection to plan and evaluate the school-based health center program.
  • Oversees regular written reports for Lynn Community Health Center and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and other agencies describing the services provided by the program,  numbers of student served,  etc.
  • Ensures that there is an emergency care plan in place which is communicated to all staff and is closely coordinated with community emergency care procedure.
  • Prepares and administers the health services budget; seeks opportunities to apply for outside sources of funding for the school-based health center service program.

CLINICAL:

The Nurse Practitioner practicing within the school setting responsibilities include:

  • Consultation and collaboration with a Medical Director/Physician in Pediatric/Adolescent medicine or other related field in addressing medical issues presented by the students and in devleoping practice guidelines.
  • Responds to frequently encountered health issues,  provides counseling and crisis intervention when required,  e.g.,  adolescent pregnancy,  substance abuse,  death of a family member,  suicide,  responds to child neglect or abuse issues (as required by Massachusetts statute).
  • Provides primary care to students.
  • Assessment and management of health care of students.
  • Provision of physical examinations to identified students at appropriate intervals, including prior to participation in sports,  prior to obtaining work permits,  etc.
  • Consultation with teachers on health issues and provisions of clinical in-service education as needed.

COLLABORATION:

  1. Collaboration with other professional, team members,  and community providers in assessing,  planning,  implementing,  and evaluating programs and other school health activities,  so as to maximize and coordinate services and prevent duplication.
  2. Establishes a process to identify students at risk for physical and psycho social problems,  communicates health needs toother school personnel as appropriate and establish a referral system using both internal and external resources.
  3. Participates as a team member with parental consent when indicated,  shares information with other team members about adolescents with special health care needs that affect learning and growth,  and acts as an advocate for student and family when appropriate.
  4. Includes the student and parent in the team conference whenever possible and appropriate.
  5. Collaboration with local nursing,  education institution,  e.g.,  provides students practice  in the school health program,  guest lectures,  participates in nursing  research,  seeks  opportunities to give consultation on the specific issues of school-age children and adolescents,  and publishes when possible.
  6. Indicates health-related needs for inclusion in the individual education plan.
  7. Assists students, families,  and groups to achieve optimal levels of wellness through health education and promotion.

COMMUNITY HEALTH PLANNING:

  1. Participates with other members of the community to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate school services amd community services which include the broad continuum of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention.
  2. Uses population-based data.
  3. Understands and applies core public health functions of assessment, policy development, and assurance.
  4. Uses community resources for referral of students with unmet health needs, including the need for a primary care provider,  participates in the planning and implementation of new services.
  5. Interprets school health service needs and the role of the SBHC Nurse Practitioner/Site Manager to the school and the community.
  6. Uses the media to convey important information and advocate for the role of the school health program in promoting the health of the student population.

CUSTOMER SERVICE:

  • Demonstrates an understanding of customer service principles by successfully completing on-line Customer Service training.
  • Utilizes the principles of customer service when interacting with patients/clients, team members and staff from other departments.
  • Appropriately handles or seeks support when customer service breakdowns occur.

CULTURAL COMPETENCE:

  • Demonstrates knowledge of culture by successfully completing the on-line training on Cultural Competence.
  • Utilizes an appreciation of and respect for diversity when interacting with patients/clients, team members and staff from other departments.
  • Responds appropriately or seeks support when confronted with cultural biases or conflicts.

Emergency Situations:

  1. Is aware that in order to respond promptly and appropriately to emergencies, any staff member may be assigned duties, which differ from those in the job description or may be assigned  temporarily to a different location.
  2. Understands that all staff should have a Personal Emergency Plan I place to best respond to his/her job responsibilities should a health center emergency arise.

SUPERVISION  RECEIVED:

The Nurse Practitioner receives clinical supervision from a designated medical director/physician.  When functioning as a part of the school health service team,  she/he receives administrative supervision from the school based health center director as defined in the specific position description.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED:

The Nurse Practitioner functioning as the primary care provider within the school-based health center gives supervision to those licensed and unlicensed persons functioning with the SBHC as defined by her/his position description.

Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must have a valid license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the expanded role in Massachusetts,  (see M.G.L.’  Chapter 112- the Nurse Practitioner Act for a description of an expanded role).
  • Possess a minimum of a baccalaureate in nursing from an accredited program;  (A masters degree in nursing is preferred);  possess and maintain certification.
  • Have a minimum of three years experience in school nursing or a related field.
  • Maintain certification in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and first-aid from a recognized provider,  i.e. American Heart Association.
  • Have an identified physician who provides consultation.
  • Assumes responsibility for updating knowledge and skill in community health,  management,  and related fields as new information emerges.
  • Complete ongoing continuing education programs pertinent to the evolving specialty area of school health and school nursing practice,  as well as meet continuing education requirements for licensure in the expanded role in Massachusetts
  • History of good attendance and positive work attitude

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • The essential job duties of this position present risk of exposure to body fluids and blood borne pathogens.  Annual attendance at LCHC Bloodborne pathogen training is required.  Hepatitis B vaccine is strongly recommended and available at no charge at the health Center.  Declination form must be signed if this vaccine is declined.

Lynn Community Health Center (LCHC) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, LCHC complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, and transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. LCHC expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of LCHC’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge. 

Job Posting ID# 17-144

Hours

Full-Time