Laboratory Schools: Lead Nurse
Hyde Park Campus
11437 Lab Schools Finance & Oper
About the Unit
The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools provide one of the world's most outstanding pre-collegiate educational experiences. Because Lab is part of the University of Chicago, the importance of intellectual life—of thought and exploration—infuses all aspects of our curriculum, and students in every grade benefit from outstanding UChicago academicians and access to unmatched resources. John Dewey—one of the great minds in education—established the Schools in 1896 as a place to explore and implement his theories on childhood education. Today's students still benefit from his vision, and today's Lab faculty are recognized as experienced leaders in their field. Families who choose Lab care deeply about curiosity, inquiry, and creativity. Approximately 60 percent of Lab families are affiliated with the University, half live in Hyde Park, and the rest come from across Chicago, the suburbs, and northern Indiana. Lab's student body reflects the diversity that is deeply valued by the Schools and its community; approximately half of our 2,000 students are people of color and families report speaking nearly 40 different languages in their homes. The Laboratory Schools seek the finest employees—people who wish to inspire a love of learning in our students and join a vibrant learning community. We employ people with a wide range of skills and training, in many different disciplines. At Lab, we value learning experientially, exhibiting kindness, and honoring diversity. We seek employees who share a similar commitment to these values. Lab people are engaged and excited by our mission of igniting and nurturing an enduring spirit of scholarship, curiosity, creativity, and confidence in the youngest members of the University of Chicago's academic community. The Laboratory Schools is a great place to work and our connection to the University provides our faculty and staff with opportunities that would be nearly impossible to match in any other environment. Interested candidates should apply via our website at: http://www.ucls.uchicago.edu/about-lab/employment AA/EOE Statement: The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination. Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-834-1841 or by email email@example.com with their request.
Reporting to the Director of Family Life Programs, the Lead School Nurse serves as the key role in overseeing the daily clinical operations and provision of care provided by the school nursing team at the Laboratory Schools. The Lead Nurse will be responsible for developing the processes and practices for the provision of school nursing services The Lead Nurse will ensure the highest quality of care is provided to our entire community including students, faculty, and staff.
- Provides leadership, supervision, and guidance to a team of three school nurses including annual performance evaluations and goal setting.
- Leads the development and review of policies, programs, and procedures for the provision of school health services including but not limited to programs that govern the whole school as well as individual schools or divisions.
- Acts as the main point of contact for collaboration and connection between school administration and the nursing team. Collaborates with various departments including facilities, athletics, summer programs, and international travel programs to promote health and wellness.
- Provides primary prevention including wellness promotion and disease prevention including but not limited to control of infectious diseases through the promotion of vaccinations, use of school-wide infection control measures, and disease surveillance and reporting.
- Provides secondary prevention including health screenings and referrals for health.
- Provides tertiary prevention including addressing diagnosed conditions such as asthma, diabetes, anaphylaxis, epilepsy, cancer, blood disorders and other physical disabilities, both chronic and acute.
- Ensures school health services are student-centered and evidence-based. Promotes self care to generate self-empowerment, problem-solving, and communication skills. Acts as a liaison between the student's medical home, family, and school.
- Collaborates with non-licensed and differently licensed personnel to provide an optimal learning setting for students such as faculty, athletic trainers, and school counselors. Ensure that these collaborative relationships are consistent across all schools.
- Uses evidence-based practice to continually evaluate and inform current school nurse practices. Participates in a continuous and systematic review of practice to measure outcomes and improvements based on standards of practice.
- Leads the school nurse team in data collection and assessment to inform practice and potential program provision.
- Analytical skills required.
- Problem-solving skills required.
- Decision-making skills required.
- Attention to detail required.
- Organizational skills required.
- Computational skills required.
- Creativity required.
- Verbal and written communication skills
- Interpersonal skills required.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team required.
- Ability to manage stressful situations required
- Ability to perform multiple concurrent tasks with occasional interruptions required.
- Ability to work with a diversity of individuals and/or groups.
- Ability to adjust to changing priorities.
- Ability to lead, guide and coordinate with others.
Education, Experience, and Certifications
- Associate's Degree in Nursing required.
- Bachelor's Degree in Nursing strongly preferred.
- Current licensure in the State of Illinois required.
- Three years of nursing experience required.
- Previous supervisory experience required.
- Experience working in a school setting preferred.
- Minimum one year of pediatric nursing experience preferred.
- Illinois certification
Technical knowledge or skills:
- Knowledge of patient care fundamentals, including aseptic principles and techniques required.
- Knowledge of child development and ability to deliver care in an age appropriate manner.
- Ability to provide direct patient care in a professional and respectful manner.
- Ability to exercise discretion and confidentiality while handling sensitive situations.
- Ability to solve problems by applying math or reasoning principles required.
- Ability to use personal protective equipment required.
- Ability to comprehend medical literature and share with lay faculty, staff and families.
- Knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion issues and dynamics in the classroom and in developing healthy, supportive relationships with all students.
- Ability to use standard productivity software (Microsoft Office, calendar/schedule software, etc.) required.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
- Ability to travel at least 5 days overnight on student trips serving as the health resource.
- Exposure to human blood.
- Direct patient contact.
- Clinical care setting.
- Cover letter
- Professional References
Depends on Qualification
Scheduled Weekly Hours
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