How to write a School Nurse job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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School Nurse job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimise your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialised, consider including the specialisation in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of School Nurse job titles

    School Nurse
    Head Nurse
    Emergency Room Nurse
    School Nurse (Part-Time)
    Registered Nurse

School Nurse job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a School Nurse job summary

Our large, diverse primary school needs a School Nurse to care for our students. We’re looking for a caring, compassionate, experienced professional who loves taking care of children and prioritises communication and engagement. The position requires administrative work as well as one-on-one time with students, and we’re looking for an individual who truly cares about making our preschool a better place for our students. This includes educating students about healthy habits as well as responding to any medical complaints at school and performing routine screenings. We currently serve approximately 350 students during the school year.

School Nurse responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organisation and who the employee reports to.

Examples of School Nurse responsibilities

    Screen patients for hearing and eyesight issues
    Evaluate patients who complain of specific ailments
    Call parents to suggest they pick up patients who might be uncomfortable or who might have developed a contagious illness
    Educate students on hand washing, germs and other health care and safety issues
    Examine and authenticate vaccination records
    Monitor and dispense prescription medications based on instructions from parents and GPs
    Contact parents and teachers with any medical emergency
    Develop and manage school health and wellness programme
    Maintain files on each student’s health and medical history

School Nurse qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of School Nurse skills

    Bachelor of Nursing required
    2+ years’ experience at a school or in an educational environment
    Impeccable organisation skills
    Able to establish rapport with students and their parents
    BLS certification preferred
    Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite

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