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Job Description

As the nation's children's hospital, the mission of Children's National Medical Center is to excel in Care, Advocacy, Research and Education.

                We accomplish this through:

                 •Providing a quality health care experience for our patients and families.

                •Improving health outcomes for children regionally, nationally, and internationally.

                •Leading the creation of innovative solutions to pediatric health challenges.

Position Summary
Providescomprehensive school health nursing services to school-age children in the areas of health promotion and disease prevention while safeguarding their integrity and recognizing their right to make their own decisions. Interpret students immunization needs. Continue to expand clinical base of nursing knowledge and skills. Rotate between assigned schools. Organize nursing activities for the day. These activities may involve: vision screening, hearing screening, assessment of conditions, and referrals. Appraise and address the needs of the general student population, students with chronic and acute health problems and special education students with multi-handicaps. Perform a variety of selective individual health assessment and initiate the referrals on identified health needs and perform subsequent follow-up.

Minimum Education

Minimum Work Experience
3 years
At least 3 years of Registered Nurse (RN) experience in community health, ambulatory care, school health or other related fields.

Required Skills/Knowledge
Knowledge and understanding of trends relating to school health as well as development patterns and needs of school-age children. Knowledge of the techniques of data collection for an analysis of health needs. Knowledge of a wide variety of medical conditions, diagnoses, and specific diseases. Ability to provide health counseling to school age children and families with a wide variety of health problems.
Commit to diversity and recognize value of cultural/ethnic differences. Commit to children and families. Demonstrate personal and professional integrity. Maintain confidentiality. Partner in CSS mission and uphold the values of the organization. Present positive image of CSS in all interactions. Place a high priority on serving all customers. Seek experience to maintain current clinical skills and competence.

Required Licenses and Certifications
Registered Nurse in District of Columbia



Functional Accountabilities
Program Management

1.Anticipate and responds to needs of others.
2.Follow-up until needs are met.
3.Demonstrate collaborative and respectful behavior.
4.Show respect and sensitivity for cultural/ethnic diversity.
5.Answer phone within 3 rings; identifies self by name and title.
Forward Thinking/ Promoting Change

1.Demonstrate flexibility and willingness to change.
2.Contribute to a positive work environment.
3.Identify and resolves issues, overcoming challenges.
4.Identify new patterns and trends and anticipate impact.
Teamwork/ Communication

1.Partner with all team members to achieve.
2.Work effectively with diverse groups.
3.Communicate effectively and constructively.
4.Demonstrate accountability for work.
5.Share and seek knowledge and provide feedback to others.
Performance Improvement/ Problem-solving

1.Identify opportunities to improve processes.
2.Plan, organize and prioritize work.
3.Make appropriate decisions, use critical thinking and sound judgment.
4.Organize and use resources effectively.
5.Seek opportunities for professional growth/development.
6.Actively promote safety for patients, families, visitors and co-workers.
Cost Management/ Financial Responsibility

1.Manage own time to promote productivity.
2.Use resources efficiently.
3.Search for less costly ways of doing things.
Quality of Care

1.Systematically evaluate the quality and effectiveness of school nursing practice.
2.Participate in quality assurance activities, as appropriate.
3.Use the results of quality of care activities to initiate changes in school nursing practice, as appropriate.
4.Continuously strive to improve the quality and effectiveness of school health services.
Program Management

1.Manage school health services, as appropriate, to the nurse's education, position and practice environment.
2.Conduct school health needs assessment to identify current health problems and identify the need for new programs.
3.Develop and implement needed health programs using a program planning process.
4.Orient, provide training, document competency, and oversee the practice of Health Technicians, and Nursing Assistants, as appropriate to the school setting.
5.Participate in environmental safety and health activities, e.g., indoor air quality, injury surveillance, and prevention.
6.Adopts and utilizes available technology, as appropriate to the work setting.
Health Education

1.Assist students, families, the school staff and community to achieve optimal levels of wellness through appropriately designed and delivered health promotion.
2.Participate in the assessment of needs for health counseling and health instruction needs for the school community.
3.Provide formal health instruction based on sound learning theory, as appropriate to student development levels.
4.Provide individual and group health teaching and counseling for and with students.
5.Act as a resource person to school staff on health promotion activities and materials.
6.Further the application of health promotion principles within all areas of school life, e.g., food service, custodial, etc.

1.Acquire and maintain current knowledge and competency in school nursing practice.
2.Acquire knowledge and skills appropriate to the specialty practice of school nursing on a regular and ongoing basis.
3.Consistently participate in continuing education activities related to current clinical knowledge practice and professional issues.

1.Decision and action on behalf of students are determined in an ethical manner.
2.Maintain client confidentiality within the legal, regulatory, and ethical parameters of health and education.
3.Deliver care in a non-judgmental and non-discriminatory manner that is sensitive to student diversity in the school community.
4.Deliver care in a manner that promote and preserve student and family autonomy, dignity and rights.
5.Seek available resources to formulate ethical decisions.
6.Acts as a student and family advocate.

Staff Competencies
Organizational Commitment/Identification
1.Partner in the mission and upholds the core principles of the organization
2.Committed to diversity and recognizes value of cultural/ ethnic differences
3.Demonstrate personal and professional integrity
4.Maintain confidentiality at all times
Customer Service
1.Anticipate and responds to customer needs; follows up until needs are met
1.Demonstrate collaborative and respectful behavior
2.Partner with all team members to achieve goals
3.Receptive to others' ideas and opinions
Performance Improvement/Problem-solving
1.Contribute to a positive work environment
2.Demonstrate flexibility and willingness to change
3.Identify opportunities to improve clinical and administrative processes
4.Make appropriate decisions, using sound judgment
Cost Management/Financial Responsibility
1.Use resources efficiently
2.Search for less costly ways of doing things
1.Speak up when team members appear to exhibit unsafe behavior or performance
2.Continuously validate and verify information needed for decision making or documentation
3.Stop in the face of uncertainty and takes time to resolve the situation
4.Demonstrate accurate, clear and timely verbal and written communication
5.Actively promote safety for patients, families, visitors and co-workers
6.Attend carefully to important details - practicing Stop, Think, Act and Review in order to self-check behavior and performance

Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individual with Disabilities

Req Number:
Department: Children's School Services
Schedule: Full-time
Hours: 0800 - 1630 Monday-Friday

About Children's National Health System

Childrens National Medical Center is the only exclusive provider of pediatric care in the metropolitan Washington area and is the only freestanding childrens hospital between Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Norfolk, and Atlanta. Serving the nations children for more than 130 years, Childrens National is a proven leader in the development and application of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury.

Childrens National is proudly ranked consistently among the best pediatric hospitals in America by US News & World Report.

Our Culture

Children's mission is to be preeminent in providing pediatric health care services that enhance the health and well-being of children regionally, nationally and internationally. Through leadership and innovation, Children's creates solutions to pediatric healthcare problems. Children's excels in Care, Advocacy, Research, and Education to meet the unique needs of children, adolescents and their families. Children's leadership realizes that our employees are the heart of our medical center and the soul of our mission. One of our greatest assets is the diversity of our workforce, which adds to the richness of our culture. Teamwork, dedication, and professionalism are essential values and characteristics that make our employees unique.

Childrens internationally recognized team of pediatric healthcare professionals care for more than 360,000 patients each year who come from throughout the region, nation and world. Our employees share a sense of pride and commitment to the patients and families we serve. We aspire to provide patients and their families with the highest quality of care and service in a family-centered environment. In essence, we are a team of "Great People Providing Great Care."

Nursing Students

As a nursing student, you might already be craving hands-on experience at a highly respected hospital. You may be thinking about where or with which population you want to work after graduation.

At Childrens, a world-class teaching hospital and internationally-recognized leader in pediatric health, we invite nursing students at all stages of learning to explore the real world of working in a hospital setting and experience first-hand the challenges and rewards of this career.

Internship Program

The internship program provides the novice nurse with the knowledge base and skill set needed to transition to competence in clinical nursing practice. While providing the needed skills to meet the organization goals and mission, the program provides nurses with the leadership skills to work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team. The program bridges the gap between undergraduate education and real-life professional nursing practice, delivering state-of-the art pediatric care.

The program is offered to new graduate nurses from an accredited nursing program with a passion for children. All new graduates, with less than one-year acute care experience, are eligible to participate in the program after obtaining licensure.