Nurse Leader/Head Nurse

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Nurse Leader/Head Nurse
Policy # JD52







Reports to:      Director of Student Services and Special Education/Principal



Job Goal:      The School Nurse Leader will strengthen and facilitate the educational process by improving and protecting the health status of children and by identification and assistance in the removal or modification of health-related barriers to the learning process for individual children.  The major focus of school nursing services is the prevention of illness and disability, and the early detection and correction of health problems.  The School Nurse is especially prepared and uniquely qualified in preventive health, health assessment, and referral procedures.


The scope and complexity of school nursing are expanding in response to changes in student health needs due to:

1.                  The increase in diverse family structure and living patterns, and decrease in family and social support networks.

2.                  The increase in numbers of families without ongoing health care.

3.                  The larger number of handicapped children attending schools under Chapter 766.

4.                  The increased recognition of the importance of individual physical and developmental issues.




1.      Advise the district through the Director of Student Services on the development of health-related policies, procedures, and personnel needs.


2.      Coordinate services with the school system physician or other health providers who are caring for the child.


3.      Coordinate the child health program.


4.      Write and facilitate nursing program grants.


5.      Collaborate with the principals and central office administrators in planning, implementation, supervising, and evaluation of the school nursing program.


6.      In collaboration with the principals, the nurse leader will supervise the nursing   

program and nurses as related to school health issues.


7.      Periodically review student health records at the school to which he/she

is assigned.


8.      Maintain district student health records at the school to which he/she

is assigned.


9.      Obtain health information from families and health care providers and interpret it to personnel as necessary.


10.  Coordinate the activities of the Enhanced School Health Services grant with other grants and school personnel.


11.  Collect and report data for statistical reports as required.


12.  Coordinate nursing services between the public schools and the non public schools served by the ESHS grant.


13.  Provide and/or arrange in-service training needed by personnel, including

Orientation of new school nurses and substitute nurses.


14.  With the principals, arrange for and call substitutes for school nurses.  Notify Central Office of same. 


15.  Coordinate and oversee Bourne’s liaison with community health programs and agencies.


16.  Provide a health services report as required to the Director of Student Services and keep him/her advised of any exceptional health matters that may arise.


17.  And other duties as assigned by the Director of Student and Special Education Services.


Provide Health Services:


  1. Evaluate student injuries and provide intervention and follow-up at the school to which they are assigned.


  1. Administer prescribed medication and/or treatments during the school day; including specialized procedures as required by P.L. 94-142 and Chapter 766 at the school to which they are assigned.


  1. Collaborate with other school personnel in evaluation and intervention of crisis situations such as child abuse and substance abuse.


  1. Fulfill state mandates in the areas of hearing, vision, and scoliosis screening; height and weight measurements; immunization; and physical examinations.


Advocate for Children’s Health Rights:


1.      Inform staff/parents of health related concerns which may impact on school achievement.


2.      Provide information regarding developmental issues.


3.      Refer students and/or parents to health care providers if conditions become apparent which would compromise the student’s ability to function in school, and follow-up on these referrals.


4.      Serve as an active member of the Student Services Team by providing and interpreting health information, observations, and assessments of students to team and recommend/arrange further health services as needed.


Counsel Children, Families, and Staff Regarding Health Concerns:


1.      Serve as counselor to students, staff, and families regarding various health and developmental issues.


2.      Conduct individual and small group health counseling sessions.


3.      Refer child/family for additional services as indicated.


4.      Provide consultation in problem areas which result in significant school dysfunction; e.g., attention deficits, hyperactive, psychosomatic illness, acute and chronic health concerns.


Educate the School and Community Regarding Health Concerns:


1.      Serve as a resource to the teacher:

a.       Make classroom presentations on request in areas such as nutrition, changes in the body, substance abuse, and personal hygiene.

b.      Serve as a curriculum resource to the teacher.

2.      Interpret developmental health concerns of students to parents and teachers.

3.      Interpret student individual health issues to assist teachers in classroom management.

4.      Instruct and supervise school staff in first aid procedures.




  • Valid license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Massachusetts
  • Baccalaureate in nursing from an accredited nursing program
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in school nursing or related field
  • Certification in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation
  • Knowledge of school health and school nursing practice
  • Certification by the State Department of Education as a School Nurse                       


Terms of Employment:


Funded by the Enhanced School Health Services Grant.  Salary and stipend as per the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Bourne Educators’ Association.


200 day contract.


As per the Collective Bargaining Agreement, appointment as Nurse Leader will be on an annual basis.


Salary:              The Nurse Leader/Head Nurse will receive the stipend as identified in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.


Evaluation:    The Nurse Leader will be evaluated annually by the Director of Student and Special Education Services

Adoption Date: 6/29/2011
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