The Certified School Nurse (CSN) coordinates the school health program including the delivery of services to students and serves as the health resource to staff members in order to enhance health and wellness in the school community. The school nurse duties are to be performed in accordance with standards of professional school nurse practice, state board of education policies and procedures and the State of Illinois Nurse Practice Act.
The Benefits of working as a Chicago Public Schools Certified School Nurse are:
1. Competitive pay rates
Salary is Union scale and is commensurate with experience.
2. Great schedule
School nurses have a standard workday, which is unusual in this field. Typically, you won't have to work nights or weekends, and you have summers off, which is a great benefit. You also won't have to work on common holidays and may get time off around those days during school breaks.
3. Filling an important need
When you become a school nurse, you fulfill a great need.
4. Helping kids learn
School nurses influence student health and wellness by providing care and education. Healthy children learn better and can perform at their best. When school nursing jobs are adequately staffed, teachers can concentrate on the learning environment without worrying about health issues.
5. Less stress (have an office)
Working at a school can be a less stressful environment than a hospital or private duty setting. If you have school-age children, you will be home with them more often.
Working with children provides a vibrant and varied workplace without the stress of a more structured staff job. You also have more time to care for individual patients and to make recommendations for their overall health. School nurses can monitor students over the course of years as opposed to just during hospital or doctor visits.
6. Recognized specialty with school nurse credentials
School nurse positions are recognized as a specialty nursing area that's now clearly defined with the development of standards of practice. Additionally, school nurses can further specialize by providing for kids with special needs, those in early childhood programs and either elementary or secondary age children.
7. Job growth expected
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job growth rate for nursing jobs is 16 percent through 2024. School nurse jobs come in a bit lower due to limited workplaces; however, applicants with a bachelor's in nursing and a state nursing license can compete for these jobs.
1. The CSN provides and/or delegates to licensed personnel direct professional nursing services, first
aid, illness, and emergency care to students.
2. The CSN identifies health problems, makes referrals for diagnosis and treatment, develops
educational modifications, provides follow-up and evaluation, and maintains appropriate
3. The CSN provides counseling and follow-up services to students with disabilities as delineated in the
4. The CSN follows up on homebound students needing related health care services.
5. The CSN provides intervention in times of school crisis, i.e. death, suicide, traumatic events.
6. The CSN initiates, encourages, and participates in health education programs for children.
7. The CSN assists special education children to accept or adjust to physical, emotional or health
8. The CSN provides health counseling to parents of special education students, and provides
individual and group health counseling to special education students.
9. The CSN develops the medication protocol to safely store, administer, document, and monitor the
effectiveness of medication given at school.
10. The CSN coordinates activities of local schools concerned with communicable disease regulations.
11. The CSN assists with the State and Federal mandated screenings and provides follow-up for deficits
in vision, hearing, growth and development, and other physical impairments.
12. The CSN collaborates with the multidisciplinary team to determine if health adversely affects the
benchmarks, and accommodations for students requiring health related services.
Qualifications for Job:
All qualified applicants should possess a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from an accredited college, or university. Additionally, all qualified applicants should possess a valid Type 73 State of Illinois School Service Personnel Certificate. A valid Illinois nursing license and current certification in CPR is a must.
Skills and Abilities:
This potential applicant is expected to develop and administer comprehensive school health program. Applicants should also possess strong oral, written communication and computer skills.
Experience and Education Required:
The Chicago Public Schools is seeking all qualified individuals with excellent critical thinking skills. Previous pediatric experience is recommended, but not required. The applicant should have experience working with students with culturally diverse backgrounds. A bachelor’s of science in nursing is required with a valid Type 73 certificate endorsed in school nursing.
he Chicago Public Schools is seeking all qualified individuals with excellent critical thinking skills. Previous pediatric experience is recommended, but not required. The applicant should have experience working with students with culturally diverse backgrounds. A bachelor’s of science in nursing is required with a valid Type 73 certificate endorsed in school nursing.
Chicago, Illinois , 60602
Competitive pay rates - salary is Union scale and is commensurate with experience.
Chicago Public Schools
May 13th, 2020