Alma del Mar is a K-8 charter school whose mission is to put every one of our scholars on the path to college and to challenge them to be service-minded leaders. We do this by immersing our scholars in a highly demanding, highly supportive environment where they receive a content–rich education.
Alma gets results for kids. After fewer than three years at Alma, our scholars outperform their district peers in reading ability and surpass their suburban peers in mathematics achievement. In addition, we’re known for being a highly inclusive school. Over 30% of scholars at Alma receive some additional academic or behavioral support and we have been nationally recognized for our effectiveness in serving this population.
The School Nurse Role
Provide Health Services for All Students
- Provide assessment, planning, intervention, evaluation, management, and referral for appropriate medical care of students with acute or chronic health conditions.
- Supervise prescribed medical treatments and medication administration in accordance with all regulations.
- Coordinate the provision of first aid supplies.
- Conduct vision and hearing screenings; coordinate dental screenings.
- Participate as a crisis team member and coordinate emergency services for students and staff in the event of sudden illness or injury.
Manage Student Health Care
- Assist in the development of all health-related policies and procedures
- Develop a medication protocol to safely store, administer, document, and monitor the effectiveness of medication given at school
- Monitor compliance with current state immunization and health assessment requirements.
- Participate in the development of IEPs and 504 plans to address individual needs
- Build relationships with other medical providers in New Bedford and surrounding communities
- Prepare health reports for supervisor, Department of Education and Department of Public Health
- Monitor the spread of contagious illness and draft management plans as necessary
- Offer Education and Professional Development
- Develop and teach health curriculum for all students
- Educate families regarding health-related issues through written communication, verbal contacts, and home visits when necessary
- Train staff regarding medication administration, medical procedures, acute/chronic illness management, prevention and control of communicable disease, emergency care, and other health-related issues.
- Provide assistance and counseling or students with psychological and medical concerns and/or physical limitations; ensure that the environment is suitable for students with conditions such as asthma.
- Serve as consultant and resource for health and wellness promotion, e.g. hygiene, nutrition, increasing physical activity, weight management, smoking cessation.
- Provide information regarding the availability of community resources and assist families in the utilization of health care and treatment services.
- Provide coverage for the front desk in the morning and during lunch
- Assist with school paperwork and with other administrative duties
- Bachelor’s degree
- At least two years of experience working with children and families in a school or community setting
- Must hold a current license to practice in Massachusetts