The Registered Nurse delivers student nursing care, and through use of the systematic method of taking independent nursing action, assesses and documents the effects of care. The Registered Nurse is responsible for the quality of nursing care. The Registered Nurse works cooperatively with ancillary, nursing, and other student-team personnel to maintain standards for professional nursing practice. The functions of the Registered Nurse are carried out according to school policy, the school mission statement, and State regulations.
Responds to life saving and emergency situations for staff and students based upon nursing standards, policies, procedures, and protocol.
Prepares and administers prescribed medications and treatments in accordance with nursing department, policy and procedures, and within the scope of nursing practice.
Observes students, records significant conditions and reactions, and notifies supervisor or Physician of student's condition and reaction to drugs, treatments, and significant incidents. Conducts sick call procedures for student injuries and illnesses based upon nursing standards, policies, procedures and protocol.
Explains procedures and treatments to the student and families to gain cooperation, understanding, and allay apprehension.
Maintains awareness of comfort and safety needs of the student.
Evaluates records and monitors temperature, pulse, blood pressure, and other vital signs to detect deviations from normal and assess condition of student.
Documents nursing history and physical assessments for assigned students.
Conducts initial nursing assessment upon student admission per Stetson School’s protocols, including assessment of current/immediate health related needs.
Photographs student upon admission.
Enters new admission information into the nursing data base.
Obtains and updates student immunization records and files.
Initiates a student education plan according to the individualized needs of the student (medication procedures, medical conditions, etc.), as prescribed by Physician and/or agency policy including student, staff, and family instruction.
Provides nutrition counseling.
Assists the Psychiatrist and Advanced Practiced Nurse in psychiatric medication reviews.
Generates, updates, and distributes allergy, diet, medication, and doctor lists.
Prepares and attends the Quarterly Health Review, Individual Service Plans, and Case Reviews.
Participates in team and management meeting.
Collaborates with members of the interdisciplinary treatment team.
•Maintains communication with families and social workers.
•Refers student for additional medical services when indicated.
•Maintains communication with physicians, dentist, and specialists.
•Schedules routine and follow-up doctor, dental, optometrist, and specialist visits.
•Obtains informed consent for medications.
•Obtains and completes physicians’ orders as indicated by medical condition.
Completes all documentation related to physicians’ orders.
Responsible for inventory of controlled substances, including daily medication count.
Schedules labs and EKG's and communicates results to the Physician.
•Gathers information needed for psychiatric reviews, including ADHD scales, Depression Inventories, OCD Scales, Sleep and Enuresis Charts.
•Conducts Abnormal Involuntary Movement Scales for students taking psychotropic medication.
•Collaborates with the business department regarding insurance provider information.
•Maintains communication with nursing staff.
•Orders supplies and medication from pharmacies and other sources.
•Inventories and stocks medication and supplies from the pharmacy.
•Conducts monthly audits of medication sheets.
•Conducts staff training as required by agency protocol (infection control, universal precaution, summer hazards, EPI pen, HIV, TCI signs and symptoms of distress, etc.).
•Participates in the health teaching of staff, students, and families, required to maintain optimal level of health care.
•Participates on various committees including, HIV, Restraint and Safety committees.
•Orients and trains new staff.
•Performs general office duties.
Associate's Degree or equivalent experience from nursing program, and six months to one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Nursing as a Registered Nurse.