Staff Nurse

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Staff NurseMay 04, 2021

Lake Forest College invites applications for the position of Staff Nurse. A small, private liberal arts institution located just 30 miles north of Chicago, Lake Forest College enrolls approximately 1,500 students from more than 40 states and from more than 70 countries. Lake Forest is one of the most diverse small colleges in the Midwest with nearly 40% of our student body comprised of domestic minority and international students. Lake Forest College embraces diversity and encourages applications from members of historically underrepresented groups. The Health and Wellness Center strives to support and celebrate staff identities and values representation of a diversity of identities, as a service provider and a training program. It is essential that candidates for this position have the ability to interact effectively within our culturally diverse environment, and provide culturally competent clinical services and outreach.

Reporting to the Associate Director of Health Services/Nurse Practitioner, the Staff Nurse provides a range of clinical and outreach services. The successful candidate will have a commitment to liberal arts education; a demonstrated knowledge of and experience working with traditional-age college students; demonstrated experience and skill in providing services to a diverse population; and the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, campus departments, and student groups. Strong crisis intervention and risk management skills, communication and interpersonal skills, energy, flexibility, and enthusiasm are required for this position.

DIVISION: Student Affairs

OFFICE: Health and Wellness Center

REPORTS TO: Associate Director of Health Services/Nurse Practitioner

WORK PERIOD: 10 months

HOURS: 37.5 hours per week August 1st -May 31st. Hours of operation are 8:30-5:00 Monday through Friday with occasional evening and weekend programming. (FTE: .80)

OVERTIME: Non-Exempt

GENERAL SUMMARY: The main purpose of this position is to assess, evaluate treatment response, and manage student's health-care needs on a daily basis in collaboration with the NP within the guidelines of federal, state and local laws and office, division and college policy and procedures. This position works with students, other Health and Wellness Center staff, off campus providers, staff, faculty and other professions to ensure the health and wellness of the students and all community members.


  1. Under supervision from Nurse Practitioner and in collaboration with the NP or MD, this position provides out-patient professional nursing care to students/patients utilizing the nursing process: making independent nursing assessments, developing nursing diagnoses, setting goals in collaboration with the patient, developing and implementing a mutually agreed upon plan of care, performing interventions as assigned and evaluating the patient’s response to achieving the established goals. This position will provide both in-person care and virtual (internet or telephone) triage for students seeking services at the HWC.
  2. For on-site appointments: rooms patients, obtains appropriate vital signs, determines chief complaint, reviews medications, allergies, and past medical problems, and presents a summary of patient’s condition to NP.
  3. For telehealth triage: assesses patient’s health status, evaluates patient’s urgency of medical need, schedules appointment if necessary, and presents summary of patient’s condition to NP.
  4. Serves as a health educator, advises patients on health maintenance and disease prevention. Works collaboratively with the Assistant Director of Community Wellness to provide student outreach and education.
  5. Performs CLIA waived point of care testing utilizing appropriate aseptic technique. Performs phlebotomy, prepares specimens for processing, completes order forms, and obtains patient insurance information. Assists NP with procedures including but not limited to: IV insertion and fluid resuscitation; 12 lead EKG; cerumen extraction; GYN examination and microscopic evaluation; wound evaluation and care.
  6. Responsible for keeping patient exam rooms, waiting room, supply room and lab room clean and orderly; maintenance checks of medical equipment and refrigerator; maintenance of medical supplies and OTC medications.
  7. Documents all clinical interactions in a secure, accessible system of confidential medical records in accordance with applicable standards of practice, state and federal laws.
  8. Works collaboratively with Nurse Practitioner and Consulting Physician to ensure all health related data regarding a patient under their care is shared verbally and through patient charting.


Education: BSN required

Licensure: Illinois RN License required by August 1st; Current AHA BLS

Experience: Two years experience preferred


  1. Have a commitment to liberal arts education.
  2. Strong communication and interpersonal skills, energy, flexibility, and enthusiasm are required for this position.
  3. Practice within guidelines of the Illinois Nurse Practice Act and provide nursing care as is typical in a college health environment, which includes a mixture of acute and chronic stable medical problems: college health-focused care, including reproductive health, mental health and substance abuse diagnoses.
  4. Work collaboratively with colleagues, campus departments, and student groups, especially with professionals in an integrated Health and Wellness Center, which includes close collaborative relationships with Nurse Practitioner, staff psychologists, psychology interns and practicum students, wellness peer educators. In addition works closely with our athletic trainers and consults regularly with our Athletic Department.
  5. Provides culturally competent care in a college population that includes international and gender diverse student-patients, as well as participates in healthcare outreach activities, which may include serving on college committees and participating in health education campaigns.
  6. Maintains a core level of competence in outpatient nursing care and seeks continuing education in areas, which support the ongoing maintenance of these generalist skills, or in areas that need development.


Frequent standing, and intermittent sitting, stooping, crouching, walking, and occasional moving of light objects. Work is performed in an office suite with regular use of computer for documentation and phone/email for follow-up. Contact with students occurs in exam rooms within the Health and Wellness clinic and carries the potential for exposure to blood, body fluids, and other potentially infectious materials, chemicals and other hazardous conditions, which may pose a potential health risk. Committee work and consultations with departments require travel across campus by walking or driving.

Preferred Start Date: August 1, 2021

Lake Forest College embraces diversity and encourages applications from women, members of historically underrepresented groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vita, and the names and contact information for at least three professional references to Siobhan Michelotti, Department Assistant, Health and Wellness Center, [email protected] For more information, contact Mary E. Grigar, Ph.D., Chair of the Search Committee ([email protected]).




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Posted: 5/8/2021
Application Due: 8/6/2021
Work Type: Full Time