Job Title: School Nurse
Location: Gifford Park Elementary, 2717 North 32nd Street, Omaha, NE 68131
Pine Elementary, 810 Pine Street, Omaha, NE 68108
*This position splits time between schools - alternating days*
Reports To: Building Principal
Work Schedule/FLSA Status: As per negotiated agreement / Exempt
Salary Schedule: As outlined in applicable negotiated agreement
Position Purpose: The school nurse protects and promotes student health, facilitates optimal development, and supports academic success. School nurses are grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice and are the leaders who bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to a design system that allows individuals and communities to develop their full potential.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Completion of a Registered Nursing Program, required.
- Hold a valid nursing license with Nebraska's Department of Health & Human Services or the Nurse Licensure Compact, required.
- Certification in Basic Life Support (CPR & AED) or ability to obtain within 90 days of hire, required
- Minimum of Bachelor's degree, required; Bachelor of Science in Nursing preferred.
- Ability to obtain and maintain a valid Special Services School Nurse Certificate through the Nebraska Department of Education, required.
- Ability to develop positive relationships to promote mutual dignity and respect among students and staff.
- Ability and patience to work interactively with students.
- Excellent attendance record.
- Evidence of the willingness and ability to comply with standards for ethical and professional performance established by the State Board of Education.
- This individual will exhibit skills pertinent to foster positive human relationships and the ability to work effectively with students, staff, parents and the community.
- Skill in organization, time management, communication, and positive interpersonal skills.
- Ability to conform to proper standards of professional dress and appearance.
- Excellent skills in verbal and written communication.
- Ability to effectively use Microsoft Outlook and the student information system.
- Displays a significant degree of professionalism and confidentiality.
- Knowledge of OPS's mission, purpose, goals and the role of every employee in achieving each of them.
Essential Performance Responsibilities
- Provides nursing/health care for children of various ages with varied medical issues.
- Provides on-site health assessments and develops/implements appropriate emergency health care plans.
- Ensuring compliance of the state's immunization program.
- Continual maintenance of cumulative student health records according to statutory requirements.
- Takes appropriate measures in case of injury, communicable disease symptoms, signs of abuse or other condition, which affect the welfare of an individual or group of students.
- Maintains a secure location for all medications and medical equipment to ensure safety of all.
- Provides meaningful communication and educates in areas pertaining to student health.
- Participates in the building's crisis team.
- Provides appropriate medical care for school staff and visitors during a crisis situation.
- Participates in the wellness committee for the school.
- Demonstrates strong interpersonal skills in a multicultural urban setting.
- Demonstrates strong communication and organizational skills and awareness of community services.
- Working with and understanding a diverse student population.
- Maintains open lines of communications with parents, guardians and staff.
- Coordinates with other school professional staff members and participates in faculty meetings and committees.
- Evidence of the willingness and the ability to comply with the standards with ethical and professional performance established by district policy as well as the State Board of Education.
- Works collaboratively to achieve the overall purpose of the program and support the District's vision, aims and goals.
Performs other related tasks as assigned by the Central Office Administrators as designated by the Superintendent.
Equipment: This position may require the ability to use assistive technology in addition to basic office equipment such as computers, copiers, scanners, and fax machine. Must always comply with OPS's guidelines for equipment use.
Travel: Limited travel may be required.
Physical and Mental Demands, Work Hazards:
- Must be able to respond rapidly in emergency situations.
- Must have organization, time management, communication, and interpersonal skills.
- Work in school building environments.
- Contact with personnel within the district and other stakeholders
- Will be working under the direct supervision of the building administration in order to complete day to day tasks
- Will be working with a diverse population requiring the ability to handle all situations with tact and diplomacy
- Must understand and respond appropriately to stakeholder needs and maintain a positive attitude with all
- Expected to interact with all internal and external stakeholders in a friendly, professional manner and provide quick, responsive service
Employee Punctuality and Appearance
- In order for schools to operate effectively, employees are expected to perform all assigned duties and work all scheduled hours during each designated workday, unless the employee has received approved leave.
- Any deviation from assigned hours must have prior approval from the employee's supervisor or building administrator.
- All employees are required to report to work dressed in a manner that reflects a positive image of Omaha Public Schools and is appropriate for their position.
Terms of Employment
This position is treated as a full-time exempt certified position. The terms of your employment will be governed by applicable state laws regulating employment or teaching in a Nebraska public school and Board of Education policies, as those laws and policies may change from time to time, and the Teacher Contract. If your position is represented by a collective bargaining representative, then your employment will also be governed by a negotiated agreement between OPS and that collective bargaining representative.
Terms of employment are contingent upon:
- Verification of a valid Nebraska Teaching License or other required license.
- A background check which demonstrates background is acceptable for the position sought and working with or around students.
- Verification of U.S. Citizenship or legal authorization to work in the United States.
- Successful completion of a tuberculosis skin test (if required by federal law for your position).
- Execution and delivery to OPS of a Teacher Contract presented by OPS.
Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or economic status in its programs, activities, employment, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director for the Office of Equity and Diversity, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131. (531-299-0307)
The Omaha Public School District is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process please contact the human resources department at 531-299-0240.