Westridge School is an independent day school for girls located in Pasadena, California. Founded in 1913, the school has an enrollment of approximately 500 girls in grades 4 through 12 and has a long-standing reputation for the excellence of its academic program. Westridge is committed to educating intellectually adventurous thinkers, and courageous, compassionate leaders. Westridge is a vibrant and diverse community that is grounded in the commitment to goodness in all aspects of life and learning. Students are encouraged to learn and thrive in new ways, to try new things, and to be resilient. The school balances challenging academics and a focus on leadership development with a deeply engrained culture that prioritizes physical and emotional wellness and treating oneself, others, and the world with integrity, respect, responsibility, and inclusion. At Westridge, girls gain the confidence and courage to stand up and speak for the ideals of responsibility and integrity as they take their places in an ever-changing world.
Westridge is seeking a caring, energetic, diligent, and hardworking health practitioner to join our educational community to manage the Health Office, provide nursing services to students, and serve as a health care resource for the school. The school nurse supports the students by providing first aid, evaluating their need for other forms of care, and coordinating with parents and outside physicians on students’ medical care. S/he is responsible for coordinating with the administration on the development, implementation, and continual revision of health and safety policies and procedures in support of the school’s mission and in compliance with federal, state, and local laws. The school nurse consults with and provides advice to other staff and faculty regarding students’ specific health issues which may impact their learning experience. This position also serves the school’s summer programs and activities. This is a 12-month position reporting to the director of counseling and student support.
Specific Responsibilities Include:
- Managing the day-to-day operations of the Health Office
- Maintaining student health records and office visits in the health office database (Magnus)
- Ensuring updated annual health forms are received for each student before the start of school
- Maintaining records and documentation related to student and physician instructions
- Recording services rendered in the health office database, and interpreting and explaining records, reports, and activities
- Maintaining lists of students with special health issues and providing relevant information (within HIPAA guidelines) and medications to chaperones who will be supervising students on field trips or other off-campus activities
- Establishing and enforcing procedures and protocols in line with California legal and health care guidelines
- Managing the Health Office budget
- Administering prescribed and over-the-counter medications to students according to physician orders; dispensing medication per established procedures
- Providing students with physical care when needed
- Co-teaching specific units on puberty and health for lower school students
- Interacting with school personnel, parents, and the community when appropriate with professionalism and understanding
- Contacting parents, health care professionals, and paramedics as required by the nature of the emergency
- Reporting suspected child abuse or neglect
· Representing the school on external community committees often sponsored by the Pasadena Public Health and working collaboratively with school nurses within our peer school community
- Serving as a member of the health, safety, and emergency response committees
- Attending Student Support Team meetings
- Working closely and collaboratively with the Operations Teams of the school, including facilities and human resources, by providing guidance in promoting health and safety in the school community
- Coordinating and tracking annual CPR and first aid training for employees
- Ensuring appropriate supplies are ordered and stored properly
- Performing other related duties as assigned
- Current licensure in California as an RN
- Minimum of an Associate’s degree in Nursing; Bachelor’s degree preferred
- Strong candidates will have at least five years of experience in nursing, preferably in a pediatric or school setting.
- Valid First Aid, CPR and AED Certification from the American Heart Association
· Is aware of and follows state and local health recommendations, mandates, and administrative guidelines
· Experience with Magnus Health system and database preferred
· High degree of proficiency with technology, including Microsoft Office software and data management systems
- Excellent attention to detail and record-keeping with a high degree of accuracy
- A receptive attitude of patience and understanding toward children with an illness or injury
- Demonstrated ability to maintain discretion and confidentiality
- Ability to understand and apply rules, regulations, policies, and procedures
- Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
- Collaborative and collegial attitude
- Diligent and well-organized work habits, including initiative, professional judgment, and the ability to problem solve
- Strong commitment to the mission and vision of Westridge School
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:
- Ability to sit or stand for extended periods, use a stepladder, and assist in emergencies as in fire and earthquake drills
Schedule and Salary
This is a full-time, 12-month, exempt position and is eligible for Westridge’s comprehensive benefits package that includes paid time off, medical, vision, dental, and generous retirement plan. Must have flexibility to work evenings and weekends when necessary. Salary range depends on qualifications and experience.
Send cover letter, resume (curriculum vitae), and references to Jobs@Westridge.org. Include “School Nurse” in the subject line.
Westridge School is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are evaluated without consideration of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. For more information: www.Westridge.org.