Site Nurse

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The Site Nurse is a member of the on-site administrative team. The Site Nurse supports the well-being of students and provides assistance to those who are experiencing health concerns. The position, supervised by the On-Site Director, is both administrative and clinical. The Site Nurse reports all student concerns to the On-Site Director and confers regularly with the on-site administrative team and the main office to discuss student and site issues. Housing and meals are provided on site.

Job Duties

  • Must attend administrative training weekend prior to program start

  • Establish a functioning health office and quarantine rooms at project site

  • Establish biohazard procedures in conjunction with the host institution

  • Review student medical forms; document students requiring special care, monitoring or supervision

  • Document and monitor the administration of medications as indicated by physician’s orders on student medical forms

  • Contact parents as needed to discuss any issues, medications, or missing information

  • Ensure the medical supplies are adequately stocked at all times

  • Inform the On-Site Director of any needed supplies

  • Act as a liaison to nearby clinics, physician’s offices, and/or hospitals  

  • Provide medical care according to a physician’s standing orders and authorizations provided on the students’ medical forms including oversight of administration of prescription and non-prescription medications

  • Administer first aid to students; making determinations of the level of medical care necessary for sick or injured students

  • Document details of routine illnesses, ongoing health problems, and student emergencies

  • Schedule health appointments

  • Plan and conduct health safety training sessions as part of staff orientation

  • Assist administrative team to coordinate services for students with disabilities

  • Pack and inventory all returned medical supplies at program close

Staff Supervision

  • Duties include full-time live-in day, evening, night and weekend commitments with one 24 hour day off per week

  • Emergency accessibility 24 hours a day via cell phone

  • Train and manage site residential staff on medical room duty

  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein

Educational Requirements

The Site Nurse must be licensed as a Registered Nurse in the state in which they will work. Current CPR and first aid certifications are required. Experience working with children and young adults and previous work in a school or summer residential program environment is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent organizational skills with an attention to detail

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Ability to work independently

  • Ability to make informed and intuitive decisions

  • Ability to interface with students and staff

  • Strong customer and team-building focus


Applicants interested in this position must apply through Duke Careers

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