To work within a small team of nurses and with the School Medical Officer, based in the School Health and Wellbeing Centre, providing a 24 hour nursing service, giving round the clock care to day pupils and boarders (4 – 18 years old) attending Malvern St James.
When on duty, the School Nurse works alone. She may be required to admit girls and care for girls during the sleeping hours.
The work includes assessing and admitting girls to the Health and Wellbeing Centre who need to be removed from school due to ill health; working alongside the School Medical Officer during morning surgery and operating the daily nurse triage clinic; assessing girls attending the Health and Wellbeing Centre on a ‘drop-in’ basis and administering medicines (according to group direction), first aid and appropriate advice.
To provide pastoral care alongside other members of pastoral and academic staff, as relevant. To girls who could benefit from a referral to a qualified counsellor or other therapist.
As a School Nurse you will be expected to use a child-centred approach to work with individuals and encourage responsible attitudes towards health.
To promote health and partake in the PSHEEC programme within school, providing health education in the classroom setting.
To observe confidentiality at all times according to NMC guidelines and provide opportunity for discussion regarding issues of a confidential nature.
To work closely with the Director of Pastoral Care and other team members, as well as being able to work independently, using initiative.
To develop a rapport with and support individual girls needing nursing/pastoral intervention on an ad-hoc or regular basis.
When it is in an individual girl’s interest and with their permission, to liaise with other members of staff and outside agencies, in accordance with a multi-disciplinary approach. To communicate with parents when necessary.
ADDITIONAL CLINICAL RESPONSIBILITIES
To be involved in childhood vaccination and travel clinics. Assist in the administration of vaccination clinics. Maintain computerised records.
Participate in routine medical examinations and assessments of health status for all new girls to MSJ. Assist in identifying individual needs.
Administer first aid to pupils and staff when needed in the Health Centre or elsewhere on the School Campus.
Identify emergency situations and act according to School procedure and current nursing practice and guidelines.
Assess and treat members of staff attending the Health Centre for health issues.
To provide clinical advice and support for other members of staff; in particular, the Director of Pastoral Care, the Director of Boarding, and the Housemistresses, regarding health needs of individual girls.
Complete accurate documentation and maintain nursing records. Update computer records.
Adhere to the NMC Code of Professional Conduct and be conversant with the scope of professional practice and NMC advisory papers.
Work within policies and procedures of Malvern St James ensuring confidentiality
Always maintain a safe environment within the workplace, including maintenance and safe storage for equipment.
Safe administration and storage of drugs according to group directions and medicine policy.
To attend Safeguarding Training and relevant Inset Days within School, for which advance notice will be given.
To work in accordance with school procedure for the protection of children.
To take responsibility for professional knowledge in accordance with NHS Revalidation.
The work is set to a regular pattern of duty on a fortnightly rota but the job requires a degree of flexibility.
Each nurse must hold a valid First Aid at Work Certificate.
This job description is subject to regular reviews and revisions in the light of the changing needs of the School.
All qualified nurses are held to account by statute for their actions by the NMC.
It is each nurse’s responsibility to ensure that they are currently registered with the NMC in accordance with the regulations for the periodic registration of nurses, midwives, and health visitors.
PROTECTION OF CHILDREN
Applicants are advised that in accordance with national and local procedures for the protection of children.