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Job Description: Nurse

April 22, 2021

Organization Summary:
Russell Byers Charter School is a public elementary school located in Center City,
Philadelphia, with over 710 students from 43 neighborhoods. We offer 4K (Kindergarten for 4-
year-olds) through 8th Grade, a student/teacher ratio of 20:1, and an innovative hands-on
academic program, expeditionary learning.

Russell Byers values academic excellence, civic responsibility and community service. Russell
Byers Charter School is a learning community, built on the structures and principles of its
educational model: Expeditionary Learning. In the Russell Byers community, students learn by
doing. Academic goals are linked to adventure, service work, teamwork, and character
development. Education becomes a partnership between student and teacher, as supported
by enlightened school leadership and committed parents.

Russell Byers Charter School provides students roots, a safe, stimulating environment with a
rigorous academic education grounded in expeditionary learning. Our students take
responsibility for their learning to become powerful communicators, creative problem solvers
and compassionate, engaged citizens. Russell Byers students develop wings to succeed in
selective schools and embrace a love for learning.

Position Summary:
The School Nurse is a health services specialist who assists pupils and staff in attaining and/or
maintaining optimum health and promoting positive health habits and attitudes. The Nurse will
be responsible for providing health programs to students in order to enhance health and
wellness in the school community. The Nurse must evaluate the physical conditions of
students and refer to appropriate resources. The Nurse must be certified as such in the State
of Pennsylvania and comply with all Federal and State licensing regulations. The Nurse
reports to the Principal.

Duties and Responsibilities:
● Develop and maintain a comprehensive school health services program for students,
following the guidelines of the PA School Code, PA DOH Regulations, the Division of
School Health guidelines, PA DOE Regulations, and school district policies
● Provide up-to-date information for use of school personnel on such subjects as the
growth and development pattern of children, first aid practice, accident prevention,
communicable disease regulations
● Use data collected to help plan and evaluate the school health program
● Ensure that reports required by the school district; PA Dept. of Health, Div. Of School
Health; and PA Dept. of Education are properly prepared and forwarded

● Provide direct services to students, using the nursing process to provide care to the
school community in accordance with current medical practice and nursing standards,
relevant statutes, and regulations
● Perform and/or oversee mandated screenings and completes referrals and follow-up
where applicable
● Manage and control acute and chronic disease
● Carry out policies and procedures for the control of communicable diseases, in
collaboration with the PA Department of Health
● Provide first aid for illness or injury to students and document nursing assessment,
diagnosis and treatment
● Establish health care plans for students with special health care needs and update them
as needed
● Where applicable, participate in IEP meetings and directs 504 Service Agreement
● Review and monitor student immunization status
● Make appropriate referrals to update immunizations when indicated
● Provide health teaching and counseling
● Maintain comprehensive health records on each child and records of school nursing
● Administer medications and perform procedures according to physician orders and
school district policies and procedure
● Ensure physician orders for individual student medications and/or treatments comply
with requirements for administration
● Inform teachers of health conditions of students which may affect behavior, appearance
or scholastic performance
● Collaborate with agencies within and outside of the school community to insure
continuity of service and care of students, including working with private physicians and
dentists to coordinate private medical and dental examinations with the school program
● Participate in programs or activities related to suicide prevention, drug and alcohol
abuse prevention and smoking cessation
● Promote a safe and healthy school environment
● Serve as resource person to facilitate learning of positive health and wellness behaviors
for students and staff
● Assist in budget preparation by advising school administration in preparing a budget for
the health program and facilities, and shall advise administration on the financial needs
for the health services program
● Additional duties as assigned

 Commitment to Russell Byers mission and belief that all students can learn
 Considerable knowledge of child growth and development
 Considerable knowledge of medical disorders and treatment

 Working knowledge of public health programs and procedures for treatment in
coordination with other health and social service agencies
 The ability to communicate effectively with parents
 Demonstrated professionalism and responsibility, and a strong work ethic
 A positive, high-energy attitude, and a drive for personal excellence
 Flexible attitude, ability to work with urgency
 Strong problem solving and strategic thinking skills
 Willingness and desire to participate in unexpected projects
Education and Experience:
 Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing required
 Registered Nurse (RN) license and PA School Nurse Certificate required
 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation program (CPR) certification required
 Experience working in urban school and with children

Physical Requirements:
Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required
such as:
 Functioning in classroom space – walking, sitting, standing, reaching
 Must be able to sit for up to two hours looking at a computer monitor, using a
keyboard/mouse and typing
 Must be able to stand for up to two hours instructing a classroom of learners
 Must be able to lift up to 25lbs on a frequent basis

Application Instructions:
Email resume and cover letter to Molly Farley, Human Resources Consultant, at

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