Darrow School, a small independent, co-ed, boarding/day school for grades 9-12, located on the New York State side of the Berkshires, offers an innovative, individually-focused college-preparatory curriculum, featuring a unique combination of dynamic classroom instruction, active learning, and environmental consciousness. Students learn within an atmosphere that supports intellectual curiosity, creativity, and experimentation. The School emphasizes differentiated instruction and student-centered, active learning as key teaching philosophies.
Darrow School faculty and staff are fully engaged in the life of a boarding school beyond the academic day as well, supporting students in a range of co-curricular programming, including athletics, residential life, weekend activities, and signature programs like Hands-to-Work, Winterm, and Spring Term. Darrow School’s mission is to create a community of learning able to empower students with a wide variety of backgrounds and abilities, building on each student’s individual talents and interests to inspire enduring confidence for success in college and life.
Reporting to the Dean of Students and serving as a member of the health team, the School Nurse is an integral part of the Darrow community. Ideal candidate will be able to partner with students, families, faculty and health providers to provide students health services that facilitate optimal physical, mental, emotional and social growth, and development. Must be dynamic, detail oriented, adaptable and have an understanding and appreciation of adolescent development. It is critical that the School Nurse be able to maintain confidentiality, provide keen customer service and treat students with kindness, compassion and respect. They must listen to students, assess and address health concerns and communicate both orally and in writing with faculty, school administrators, and families when students are injured, sick, or experiencing other health concerns. The School Nurse must be fully integrated into the community, interacting with students and faculty both in and outside of health services office, including living on campus during the academic year. This position requires working at minimum 40 hours per week during the academic year and be on-call for needs that arise after hours.
Primary Responsibilities Include:
Serves as a medical resource and health advocate for students and staff.
Administers basic health care and First Aid for the purpose of providing appropriate care for ill and/or injured students.
Takes lead in dispensing medications to students when needed with the written permission of parent and physician.
Maintains health records, i.e. assuring that physical exams are updated annually and that all forms regarding dispensing of medications, prescription or over-the-counter, are complete.
Coordinates student off-campus appointments and transportation arrangements.
Proactively educating the school community on relevant health issues in coordination with the Health & Wellness Coordinator and School Counselor.
Oversees all aspects and components of the health services office and other emergency/medical equipment for school use.
Works closely with the School Counselor in supporting emotional needs of students.
Works with parents and staff to interpret and establish health care plans for students with special health concerns.
Communicates current health problems, needs and concerns of students to their parents and appropriate school staff.
Educates families through written communication and verbal contacts to encourage follow-through of health care referrals.
Planning for off-site activities, i.e. providing medications and emergency information for class trips and overnight activities.
Works with others in the school's administrative team to implement and update the school's Emergency/Crisis Response Plans.
Monitors compliance with current state immunization and health assessment requirements in auditing student records, compiling information and submitting reports to the New York State Department of Health on topics of vaccination, prevalence of asthma & diabetes, and screening results.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Physical Requirements
Strong interpersonal, communication, analytical and organizational skills
Ability to work independently and as part of team.
Ability to innovate, problem solve and think creatively.
Willingness to make contribution to the School outside the Health and Wellness Center.
Ability to use and adapt to a wide-array of technology as tools to support the Health and Wellness Center.
Assist in being a practitioner of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Uphold the School's professional standards including punctuality, courtesy and discretion.
Work in a fast-paced, stressful environment dealing with a wide variety of challenges, deadlines, and a varied and diverse array of contacts.
Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
May work long hours for extended periods of time.
Be able to lift up to 30 pounds.
Works in varied and changing weather conditions
Current New York State RN License.
Current certification in CPR.
BSN nursing degree from accredited college or university.
Triage experience a plus.
One to three years of recent nursing experience in a school setting is preferred
Competitive salary and benefits, with campus housing. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org mail to Darrow School, Attn: Human Resources, 110 Darrow Rd, New Lebanon, NY 12125