School Nurse job description

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School Nurses are responsible for the well-being of the students and staff members of a school. They need to address student health issues and implement programs to promote good health habits. Sometimes these professionals need to prevent the spread of contagious diseases inside a school. They may also educate student´s parents about epidemics that could affect their children.

School Nurses usually perform many of the following tasks:
• Offering opinions about health programs.
• Assisting children when they need special attention.
• Designing health campaigns.
• Preventing the spread of diseases.
• Checking out that food meets the dietary requirements.


• Having interpersonal abilities.
• Having manual dexterity.
• Being aware of the effects of different drugs.
• Having sound knowledge about health issues.
• Being able to work with a team.
• Having good communication skills.
• Being able to work flexible hours.
• Being able to deal with children from different backgrounds.
• Being a good listener.
• Having high attention to details.


Applicants for School Nurse posts need to have a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing, and pass nurse licensing exams. They need to be Registered Nurses and have the Advanced Practice Registered Nurses designation. These registrations require that candidates complete an Associate or Bachelor's Degree in Nursing. Licensure for this area is obtained from the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. After becoming Registered Nurses, these professionals have to obtain a certificate given by the National Board for Certification of School Nurses.

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