College Nurse

This College Nurse should be able to support the health, wellness and learning of the Juniata student, must possess a strong medical knowledge base, relate well to young adults, offer a sensitive, non-judgmental attitude, be an advocate for students on medical issues, and provide guidance toward health promotion and health education. This is a nine month position (mid-August to mid-May) assigned to work hours as scheduled throughout the academic year and includes one evening per week; evening and after-hours contact, as well as occasional weekend commitments, are expected.

Knowledge, skills, abilities: Should possess good physical assessment and triage skills. Have excellent interpersonal skills with a positive and enthusiastic attitude, and superb communication skills. Must be able to work with a diverse student population and function with a high degree of independence. Must be able to exhibit cultural dexterity and must not discriminate based on race, gender, gender identity and/or expression, color, religion, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or military status.

Duties and responsibilities:
1. Provide basic and primary health care to individuals in an independent and professional manner in a college health center setting.
2. Devise, implement and evaluate a plan of care using sound clinical judgment based on the assessment of the physical, psychological and environmental needs of the student following the established protocols for the Juniata College Health Center and the direction of the Medical Director.
3. Identify health problems serious enough to require a physician’s attention not covered by the protocols and consult with the Medical Director for orders.
4. Provide supportive advice to students and discuss their health so they will become smart health consumers and advocate for themselves upon leaving Juniata College.
5. Maintain accurate documentation of problems, diagnoses and treatment for each student. Prepare and submit records and reports as required.
6. Perform phlebotomy.
7. Obtain samples and specimens for lab work. Complete multiple types of CLIA waived tests; rapid strep, urine dip, urine HCG, mono spot, and finger stick glucose monitoring.
8. Administer allergy injections to students as ordered by their private physicians, observation of and treatment of allergic reactions as needed.
9. Obtain results of diagnostic studies performed, notify students in a timely manner of results and necessary actions if required.
10. Provide orientation to new medical residents engaged in direct patient care and treatment.
11. Identify actual and potential safety and health hazards, including equipment maintenance within the Health Center and take appropriate action.
12. Act as resource to campus community with regard to health issues. Help facilitate broader outreach efforts, such as assisting efforts to provide Hepatitis training and vaccines for eligible employees, facilitating immunizations for faculty and staff on visas, HR’s wellness flu clinic, etc.
13. Demonstrate evidence of professional growth by maintaining professional certification through continuing education.
14. Maintain confidentiality of all patients/students and advocate for students whenever necessary.
15. Provide support to parents concerned with their student’s illness, while still respecting the confidentiality of the student.
16. Conduct inventory of supplies and place orders as necessary ensuring timely arrival of supplies.
17. Coordinate review of incoming students’ charts regarding immunization status and special healthcare needs.
18. Display a sensitivity and knowledge of cultural differences among students.
19. Consult with the campus Emergency Operations Team in situations of crisis or through which the contribution of medical knowledge, guidance and expertise is valuable and essential.
20. Provide direction and guidance, supervision and oversight, and timely and regular feedback to a half-time support staff person.

Qualifications:

1. Graduate of an accredited school of nursing and currently licensed as a Registered Nurse to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
2. Well organized, possess excellent communication skills and provide competent medical assistance in emergencies.
3. Experience in a wide range of nursing experiences preferred including emergency medicine, adolescent medicine, outpatient medicine and college health.
4. Candidates with prior experience with college nursing is beneficial, as is an understanding of the small residential liberal arts college environment.

This is a 9-month, benefits eligible position with a starting salary range of $40-$45K.

Juniata College takes positive steps to enhance diversity in both its community and its curriculum. The College commits to this policy, not because of legal obligations, but because it fully believes that such practices are basic to human dignity.

It is the policy of Juniata College to conduct background checks.

To apply for this position, please complete our online application:

Online Application