The Catholic schools of the Diocese of Arlington provide a Christ centered learning environment, focused on cultivating the full potential of children within a faith community.
The Diocesan School Health and Wellness Coordinator oversees the safe delivery of quality healthcare by the Diocese of Arlington’s pre-school, elementary and secondary school health personnel in consultation and collaboration with local principals; provides diocesan-wide professional nursing leadership; and, in consultation with the local public health departments, ensures that the schools’ health services programs are consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church and with the scope of the Virginia Nurse Practice Act, Virginia School Health Guidelines (2017), and the Code of Virginia.
Collects and analyzes demographic, health, epidemiological and school system data to assess and identify health needs of the student population.
Develops and implements standardized health policies and procedures, safety and health standards, and rules and regulations for clinical services and programs addressing student health issues ? e.g., immunizations, medication administration, services for children with special health care needs, school-wide injury prevention, eating disorders, smoking cessation, violence prevention.
Provides clinical supervision and evaluation of all diocesan nurses, health aides, and school employees who are assigned health services duties.
Assesses health services staff learning needs; promotes the acquisition of professional competencies; coordinates formal, periodic orientation and training; and facilitates professional development and continuing education programs.
Promotes communicable disease prevention and infection control utilizing current OSHA regulations, the diocesan Exposure Control Plan (prevention of blood borne pathogens exposure), the Hazards Communications Plan (SDS forms), and safe hazardous medical waste disposal.
Ensures that there is a plan in place in all school health offices to respond to medical emergencies.
Serves as Diocesan Wellness Coordinator for all preschool, elementary and high schools.
Coordinates with school counselors, nurses and administrators to monitor and support the communication and utilization of services for students with mental health challenges or students in mental health crisis.
Coordinates collaborative activities and provides support to schools and communities on mental health services, interventions, referrals, programming and concerns.
Assists school teams with coordination of counseling agencies, caseworkers, probation officers, community and support services, etc.
Coordinates prevention and mental health awareness activities focused on engagement and empowerment of students, families, and school communities. Works cooperatively within the Diocese on prevention media campaigns.
Knowledge/Skills: Working knowledge of local, state and national healthcare regulations, school health practices and the Virginia Catholic Education Association’s accreditation process; ability to present clearly and concisely clinical and educational ideas and concepts; ability to provide clinical guidance and education in health services delivery that meet all professional standards and requirements; ability to function effectively in emergency or crisis situations; ability to work collaboratively and apply consensus decision-making techniques; ability to facilitate conflict management; intermediate proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.
Education: Master’s degree required in nursing, or in a related field with an emphasis on nursing, education, public health, psychology, or related field.
Licenses/Certifications: Valid driver’s license must be maintained at all times. A valid, unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the Commonwealth of Virginia Current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid required. Certification in School Nursing preferred, or having made substantial progress toward this credential.
Years and Types of Experience: Six to eight years’ experience in school nursing, or in community health personnel management and program administration. Experience in working with agencies who provide therapeutic interventions with children and families required.