The Staff Nurse is a part of theSusan Gray School within Peabody College at Vanderbilt University and is a keyindividual contributor and is responsible for supporting the Susan Gray Schoolby providing in-house nursing services to children with minor illnesses orinjury. The position also provides services to students with special needs whomay require minor medical intervention. The Staff Nurse will providetraining/coaching to staff members working with special needs children.Reporting to the Director of the Susan Gray School, the Staff Nurse interactswith teachers, students, staff, and internal/external stakeholders.
The Susan Gray School, originallynamed the Peabody Experimental School, opened in 1968 as an on-campusresearch-oriented school devoted to educational research involving youngchildren with developmental disabilities and children whose future developmentwas at risk because of conditions such as poverty. In 1986 the School wasrenamed the Susan Gray School in recognition of Dr. Susan Gray (1913-1992), aPeabody faculty member and national authority on the early education of"disadvantaged" children.
Throughout its history the schoolhas served young children with developmental disabilities, young children whoare at risk for developmental delay, and - most importantly - typicallydeveloping children. The school has the distinction of being the firstnationally recognized inclusive preschool where typically developing childrenlearn alongside children with disabilities in an educational setting.
Today the school's mission toservice, training, research, and demonstration continues. Susan Gray School isapproved by the Tennessee Department of Education and licensed by the TennesseeDepartment of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
Duties and Responsibilities
Train staff concerning basic medical orientation information to include: Universal and Standard Precautions, Sanitation procedures, Definition and what to do when a child has a seizure, asthma exacerbation or severe allergic reaction, Medication administration and documentation, general information about Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delays, Abusive head trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome), S/S dehydration and safe lifting of children. This information is contained in a notebook for new hires to read and is available for a reference. Most of the information is required knowledge per our accrediting agencies. After the new hire reads the notebook, the Nurse is notified and reviews content along with hands on practice with Epi Pen / Auvi Q administration, inhaler with spacer use and Diastat administration. The nurse will also do a presentation of this information for the staff during the yearly in-service in late July.
Monitor all health and safety regulations from the Tennessee Department of Human Services to be sure they are met.
Review and monitor child specific information for entering children that have a medical concern. This information contains how the condition affects the child, additional information about their condition, side effects of any medications the child takes and how to best accommodate the medical concerns of child in the classroom. This information is to be kept up to date and in a secure location.
Administer the procedures that a child may need, such as tube feedings, inhaler with spacer use, Diastat or Epi Pen use. Train staff to administer these as well in case the nurse is not available or absent from work.
With parent's permission, communicate with child's medical provider if needed for orders, clarification on child's needs, etc.
Review all student immunization forms upon enrollment and continue to monitor as needed throughout the school year to be sure immunizations are up-to-date.
Send letters to parents concerning different illnesses "going around", indicating symptoms to watch for and when to contact health care provider, etc. using AAP's "Managing Infectious Diseases in Child Care and Schools".
Collaborate with other qualified staff member on teaching the Keeping Kids Safe Curriculum one time per year for all students in the Preschool Village.
Responsible for keeping nursing licensure up-to-date, as well as, Basic Lifesaving certification.
Be willing to become a trainer through the American Red Cross to keep the Susan Gray staff in compliance with CPR/First Aid certifications.
This is a 30 hour per week position.
An Associate's degree from an accredited institution of higher education is necessary.
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education is preferred.
A current nursing license is necessary.
A pediatric nursing certification is preferred.
At least one year of directly comparable experience is necessary.
At least three years of directly comparable experience is preferred.
Knowledge of patient evaluation and triage procedures is necessary.
Knowledge of clinical operations and procedures is necessary.
Knowledge of nursing theory and practice is necessary.
Ability to plan, implement, and evaluate individual patient care programs is necessary.
Skill in preparing and maintaining patient records is preferred.
Knowledge of clinical facilities, instruments, and equipment is preferred.
Knowledge of appropriate procedures and standards for the administration of medications and patient care aids is necessary.
Ability to make administrative and procedural decisions and judgments on sensitive, confidential issues is preferred.
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VanderbiltUniversity, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is a top-15 private researchuniversity offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professionaldegrees. Vanderbilt is situated on a 330-acre campus near the thriving citycenter, serving more than 12,000 students and employing almost 7,000 facultyand staff. The university's students, staff, and faculty frequently citeNashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part ofthe Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertisewill be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is aplace where your diversity is sought and celebrated. Vanderbilt was recentlynamed as one of ‘America's Best Large Employers’ and the top employer inTennessee and the Nashville metropolitan area in 2018 (Forbes).
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