Head Nurse

African Leadership Academy

African Leadership Academy

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, March 17, 2023


School Nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success, and lifelong achievement of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate the following positive student responses to normal development. Promote health and safety intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management services. .

About the Academy

African Leadership Academy (ALA) seeks to transform Africa by identifying, developing, and connecting a new generation of future leaders. The Academy was founded on the philosophy that a new generation of ethical, committed leaders is the key to Africa’s development. Each year, ALA draws the most outstanding students from across Africa to its campus in South Africa. Here, they build a powerful intellectual foundation and develop their leadership capacity through ALA’s unique curriculum. ALA then works with these young leaders throughout their lives as they enable lasting positive change on the African continent. With its audacious mission and lifelong engagement model, ALA is unlike any school in the world.

Position Overview

Provides leadership for the provision of health.

  • Assures that school policies and procedures adhere to legal and South African Nursing Council regulatory statutes and ethical standards of nursing practice.
  • Manage 2 Junior nurses and provide required training for same
  • Organize and schedule all team meetings and maintain efficient schedule for all nursing activities and ensure achievement of all facility and resident requirements.
  • Serve on advisory committees/consultation for health accommodations necessary to support student individual education care plans, (i.e. 504 & IEP).
  • Assist with the development of school emergency response plan for emergencies and disasters and the training of staff to respond appropriately within applicable state laws.

Provision of direct health care to students.

  • Provides care to students and staff who need emergency care due to injury or who present with an acute illness.
  • Within the nurse’s scope of practice and state laws, trains and delegates to unlicensed school personnel medication administration and/or the delivery of health services as ordered by a licensed health care provider.
  • Coordinate care and student emergency action plans related to diabetes, seizures, asthma, allergies and use of emergency medications i.e. Epi-Pen, Glucagon and Diastat
  • Obtain parental consent for health services.
  • Develop an Individual Health Plan (IHP) for children with chronic disease.

Develop plans/implement plans and evaluate response to interventions.

  • Provides screening and referral for health conditions.
  • Address potential health problems that are barriers to learning or symptoms of underlying medical conditions by coordinating and assisting with mandated screenings, i.e., vaccinations.
  • Initiates referrals according to state and school policies

Promotes a healthy school environment.

  • Provide staff educational in-services (but not limited to), i.e. First Aid Training and OSHA
  • Monitors immunizations and reports communicable diseases as required by law.
  • Review immunization records for compliance to state laws and school policies
  • Assist in evaluation of school emotional environment to decrease potential bullying and violence and/or an environment that is not conducive to optimal mental health and learning.

Promotes health.

  • Provides health education information directly to individual students, groups of students, or classes or by providing guidance and consultation about health education curriculum.
  • Promotes health awareness activities such fairs for staff and families; consultation with other school staff, i.e. food service personnel or physical education teachers, regarding healthy lifestyles and staff wellness programs
  • Serves as a member of the coordinated school health team that promotes the health and well-being of school members through collaborative efforts 6. Serves in a leadership role for health policies and programs.
  • Provides leadership in the development and evaluation of school health policies, programs and the promotion of an health school environment through the collaboration with coordinated school health programs, crises/disaster management teams and school health advisory councils

Serves as a liaison between school personnel, family, community and health care providers.

  • Provides case management through by communicating with the family through telephone calls, written communication and home visits as needed.
  • Serves as a representative of the school community and communicates with community health providers and community health agencies and partnerships to promote the health of the community

Profile of Ideal Candidate

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience working in a school or academic institution.
  • Nursing Degree
  • Registered with the Nursing Council of South Africa
  • Primary Health Care (Clinical Nursing Science, Health Assessment, Treatment and Care) certificate
  • First Aid/CPR certification.
  • Understanding of Child Protection Laws and practices.
  • Experience managing a team advantageous.
  • Experience in occupational health and paediatric and psychiatric training advantageous.
  • Exposure in international institution or organization is advantageous
  • Understanding of business, administration, and management.
  • Proficient in Microsoft, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Driver’s License

Start Date: April 2023

Reporting: Director of Student Wellbeing & Head of Residence

Location: ALA Campus, Johannesburg, South Africa