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Vanderbilt University Registered Nurse (Susan Gray School) in Nashville, Tennessee

Registered Nurse (Susan Gray School) (Job Number: 1900571)


The Staff Nurse is a part of the Susan Gray School within Peabody College at Vanderbilt University and is a key individual contributor and is responsible for supporting the Susan Gray School by providing in-house nursing services to children with minor illnesses or injury. The position also provides services to students with special needs who may require minor medical intervention. The Staff Nurse will provide training/coaching to staff members working with special needs children. Reporting to the Director of the Susan Gray School, the Staff Nurse interacts with teachers, students, staff, and internal/external stakeholders.

The Susan Gray School, originally named the Peabody Experimental School, opened in 1968 as an on-campus research-oriented school devoted to educational research involving young children with developmental disabilities and children whose future development was at risk because of conditions such as poverty. In 1986 the School was renamed the Susan Gray School in recognition of Dr. Susan Gray (1913-1992), a Peabody faculty member and national authority on the early education of "disadvantaged" children.

Throughout its history the school has served young children with developmental disabilities, young children who are at risk for developmental delay, and - most importantly - typically developing children. The school has the distinction of being the first nationally recognized inclusive preschool where typically developing children learn alongside children with disabilities in an educational setting.

Today the school's mission to service, training, research, and demonstration continues. Susan Gray School is approved by the Tennessee Department of Education and licensed by the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Train staff concerning basicmedical orientation information to include: Universal and StandardPrecautions, Sanitation procedures, Definition and what to do when a childhas a seizure, asthma exacerbation or severe allergic reaction, Medicationadministration and documentation, general information about DownsSyndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delays, Abusive head trauma(Shaken Baby Syndrome), S/S dehydration and safe lifting of children. Thisinformation is contained in a notebook for new hires to read and isavailable for a reference. Most of the information is required knowledgeper our accrediting agencies. After the new hire reads the notebook, theNurse is notified and reviews content along with hands on practice withEpi Pen / Auvi Q administration, inhaler with spacer use and Diastatadministration. The nurse will also do a presentation of this informationfor the staff during the yearly in-service in late July.

  • Monitor all health and safetyregulations from the Tennessee Department of Human Services to be surethey are met.

  • Review and monitor childspecific information for entering children that have a medical concern.This information contains how the condition affects the child, additionalinformation about their condition, side effects of any medications thechild takes and how to best accommodate the medical concerns of child inthe classroom. This information is to be kept up to date and in a securelocation.

  • Administer the procedures thata child may need, such as tube feedings, inhaler with spacer use, Diastator Epi Pen use. Train staff to administer these as well in case the nurseis not available or absent from work.

  • With parent's permission,communicate with child's medical provider if needed for orders,clarification on child's needs, etc.

  • Review all student immunizationforms upon enrollment and continue to monitor as needed throughout theschool year to be sure immunizations are up-to-date.

  • Send letters to parentsconcerning different illnesses "going around", indicatingsymptoms to watch for and when to contact health care provider, etc. usingAAP's "Managing Infectious Diseases in Child Care and Schools".

  • Collaborate with otherqualified staff member on teaching the Keeping Kids Safe Curriculum onetime per year for all students in the Preschool Village.

  • Responsible for keeping nursinglicensure up-to-date, as well as, Basic Lifesaving certification.

  • Be willing to become a trainerthrough the American Red Cross to keep the Susan Gray staff in compliancewith CPR/First Aid certifications.

  • This is a 30hour per week position.

Educationand Certifications

  • An Associate’sdegree from an accredited institution of higher education is necessary.

  • A Bachelor’sdegree from an accredited institution of higher education is preferred.

  • A currentnursing license is necessary.

  • A pediatricnursing certification is preferred.

  • At least oneyear of directly comparable experience isnecessary.

  • At least threeyears of directly comparable experience is preferred.

  • Knowledge ofpatient evaluation and triage procedures is necessary.

  • Knowledge ofclinical operations and procedures isnecessary.

  • Knowledge ofnursing theory and practice is necessary.

  • Ability toplan, implement, and evaluate individual patient care programs is necessary.

  • Skill inpreparing and maintaining patient records is preferred.

  • Knowledge ofclinical facilities, instruments, and equipment is preferred.

  • Knowledge ofappropriate procedures and standards for the administration of medicationsand patient care aids is necessary.

  • Ability tomake administrative and procedural decisions and judgments on sensitive,confidential issues is preferred.

About Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is a top-15 private research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Vanderbilt is situated on a 330-acre campus near the thriving city center, serving more than 12,000 students and employing almost 7,000 faculty and staff. The university’s students, staff, and faculty frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. Vanderbilt was recently named as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” and the top employer in Tennessee and the Nashville metropolitan area in 2018 (Forbes).

AboutVanderbilt Benefits

Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses, and dependent children.

Commitmentto Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Vanderbilt University is committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our campus values.

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 21720 - Susan Gray School

Job: Health Professionals

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