School Nurse - Hounslow
HARROW - MIDDLESEXSCHOOL NURSEBand 6/7 equivalent plus benefits Our client is one of the world's most famous schools. Founded in 1572 it is located on a 300-acre estate encompassing much of Harrow on the Hill in north-west London. 830 boys aged 13 to 18, who come from all over Britain and across the world, live in the School's 12 boarding Houses. There are over 120 academic staff and over 300 support staff.The role of the School Nurse is to be responsible for the delivery of basic assessment and treatment of minor illness and injuries to the Medical Centre patients, primarily to pupils and resident staff. Supported by the Nurse Manager and School doctors within the Medical Centre, s/he will deliver care within the boundaries of the role, focusing upon supporting the patients to be healthy, the monitoring of long-term conditions, health prevention and screening activities and supporting the delivery of policies.KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIESThis job description reflects the core activities of the role and is subject to change as the department and the post holder develop. The School expects that the post holder will recognise this and will adopt a flexible approach to work. In addition, the post holder will be expected to undertake such other duties within the scope of the role as may be required by the line manager.Clinical PracticeAssess, plan, implement and evaluate health needs of boys to promote health and well-beingAccept Named Nurse responsibilities as requested and to implement and evaluate individual treatment plans for boys with complex or long-term conditionsPrioritise health problems and intervene appropriately to assist boys and school staff in complex, urgent or emergency situations, including initiation of effective emergency care.Promote health education strategies that encourage them to live healthily and apply principles of self-care.Delivery of opportunistic health promotion as appropriate.Implement and participate in vaccination and immunisation programmes for the pupils.Advise, support and where appropriate, administer vaccines for patients travelling abroad under guidance from the Nurse Manager.Provide health information to Matrons, Housemasters and Masters as appropriate. Provide first aid support at school sporting events when required to do so.Visit boys who are unwell in their boarding houses or attend accidents within the school as required.CommunicationDemonstrate a sensitive communication style, ensuring that patients are fully informed and consent to treatment.Liaise with the Nurse Manager and School Doctors on Medical Centre issues as required.Recognise the need for alternative methods of communication to overcome different levels of understanding and patient's preferences.Anticipate barriers to communication and take action to improve communicationMaintain effective communication with colleagues, Matrons and Housemasters.Communicate effectively with parents when required.Act as an advocate when representing the boys' viewpoints to others.ProfessionalRecognise and work within own competence and professional code of conduct as regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).Provide accurate, contemporaneous and complete records of patient consultations and drug administration consistent with legislation, policies and procedures.Prioritise, organise and manage own workload in a manner that maintains and promotes quality.Deliver care according to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines and evidence-based care.Evaluate the patients' response to health care provision and the effectiveness of care.Promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young persons for whom s/he is responsible. Understand and apply National and school child protection policy that supports the identification of vulnerable and abused children. Discuss any concerns with the School Dr or Lead Nurse urgently.Work within policies relating to substance abuse and refer as appropriate.Risk ManagementMonitor work areas and practices to ensure they are safe and free from hazards and conform to health, safety and security legislation, policies and guidelines.Ensure the safe storage, rotation and disposal of vaccines and drugs are undertaken. Documentation of controlled drugs according to legal requirements.Undertake mandatory and statutory training.Apply infection control measures within the Medical Centre according to local and national guidelines.Core Clinical SkillsMinor Injury/A&E ECG Biometric measurement e.g. height, weight, BP, temperature, O2 Sats, peak expiratory flow measurementsVaccination and immunisationIntramuscular and subcutaneous injectionVenipuncture (desirable)The post holder will work on a rota system which is likely to include one sleepover shift.