LPN School Health Nurse (DC Public Schools)

Children's National Hospital   Washington, DC   Full-time     Nursing
Posted on September 15, 2022
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DC's children need you!  We are seeking public health oriented Licensed Practical Nurses with a determination and commitment to improving the lives of children in the DC public school system.  Our nurses are front line advocates for children, every single day of the year. Change one child’s life and you have changed the world. 

The school nursing team provides comprehensive school health nursing services to school-age children in the areas of health promotion and disease prevention while also safeguarding their integrity and recognizing their right to make their own decisions. 

As part of a public-private partnership with the District of Columbia’s Department of Health (DOH), Children’s School Services (through Children’s National Hospital oversight) provides on-site nursing services in 120+ DC public schools and 70+ public charter schools. 

The population of the District of Columbia is approximately 600,000 residents, approximately 20% of whom are children.

The Licensed Practical Nurse is responsible for implementing the School Health Services program under the direction and supervision of a registered nurse. The LPN-Float will provide comprehensive nursing services to individuals, families and communities in the areas of health promotion and disease prevention while safeguarding their integrity and recognizing their right to make their own decisions. Duties include:

  • Interpret student immunization needs
  • Expand clinical base of nursing knowledge and skills
  • Conduct various screenings (i.e. vision, hearing, BMI)
  • Evaluation and treatment of conditions 
  • Clinical referrals
  • Assist the RN in determining the needs of the general student population and children with special health care needs

Children's National Hospital is the leading provider of pediatric care in the Washington, DC metro area. Our team of 7000+ employees provides world-class care in a warm and caring environment designed with kids in mind. Children’s National is a Magnet® designated hospital and is consistently ranked among the best pediatric hospitals in America by U.S. News and World Report.




Minimum Work Experience
3 years

Specific Requirements and Preferences
Supervised nursing experience in community health or child health prior to entry into school nursing practice. (Required)
Experience in the care of school-aged children. (Required)

Required Skills/Knowledge
Knowledge and understanding of a school health program, including recognizing trends relating to school health as well as developmental patterns and needs of school-age children.
Knowledge of the techniques of data collection for an analysis of health needs.
Knowledge of a wide variety of medical conditions, diagnoses, and specific diseases.
Knowledge of medications and medication administration practices.
Ability to provide general health information to school age children and families with a wide variety of health problems under the supervision of a registered nurse

Required Licenses and Certifications
Registered Nurse in District of Columbia Req

Functional Accountabilities

Customer Focus
1. Work's at school(s) assigned by manager.
2. Place a high priority on serving customers.
3. Oriented to the school health services program, the schools within their area, and the requirements of elementary, middle and high school.
4. Participate in school health educational activities, committees or projects.
5. Utilize verbal and non-verbal communication with school age child/families and all members of the healthcare team.
6. Collaborate with multidisciplinary team in the school setting.
7. Works closely with the RN to provide follow-up until student needs are met.

Nursing Process
1. Manage acute, complex, chronic and communicable health problems, such as reporting communicable diseases, sexually transmitted diseases, asthma, neurological conditions, hypertension and diabetes in, school setting.
2. Contribute to individualized plan of care and execute plan utilizing resources as needed.
3. Provide documentation based on school health/hospital standards.
4. Identify ongoing education of school age child/families based on plan of care.
5. Evaluate school age child/family response to education and document progress towards goals.

Quality Improvement Initiatives
1. Participate in quality improvement activities.
2. Identify performance improvement opportunities.

Leadership Skills
1. Develop organizational and prioritization skills necessary to complete assignments within acceptable timeframe, i.e., screenings, mandatory health education, etc.
2. Support management decisions and contribute to a positive work environment.
3. Take responsibility for learning policies and standards.
4. Identify own learning needs and seek opportunities to meet those needs.

Forward Thinking/ Promoting Change
1. Demonstrate flexibility and willingness to change.
2. Contribute to a positive work environment.
3. Identify and resolve issues, overcoming challenges.
4. Identify new patterns and trends and anticipates impact.

Teamwork/ Communication
1. Partner with all team members to achieve goal.
2. Work effectively with diverse groups.
3. Communicate effectively and constructively .
4. Demonstrate accountability for work.
5. Share and seek knowledge and provide feedback to others.
6. Receptive to others’ ideas and opinions.

Organizational Accountabilities
Organizational Accountabilities (Staff)
Organizational Commitment/Identification 
1. Anticipate and responds to customer needs; follows up until needs are met
Teamwork/Communication 1. Demonstrate collaborative and respectful behavior
2. Partner with all team members to achieve goals
3. Receptive to others’ ideas and opinions
Performance Improvement/Problem-solving 1. Contribute to a positive work environment
2. Demonstrate flexibility and willingness to change
3. Identify opportunities to improve clinical and administrative processes
4. Make appropriate decisions, using sound judgment
Cost Management/Financial Responsibility 1. Use resources efficiently
2. Search for less costly ways of doing things
Safety 1. Speak up when team members appear to exhibit unsafe behavior or performance
2. Continuously validate and verify information needed for decision making or documentation
3. Stop in the face of uncertainty and takes time to resolve the situation
4. Demonstrate accurate, clear and timely verbal and written communication
5. Actively promote safety for patients, families, visitors and co-workers
6. Attend carefully to important details - practicing Stop, Think, Act and Review in order to self-check behavior and performance


Primary Location

: District of Columbia-WASHINGTON

Work Locations


Children's School Services 

2233 Wisconsin Avenue NW Suite 317

 Washington 20007


: Nursing


: Childrens School Services

Shift: Day

Work Schedule: Day

Job Posting

: Apr 21, 2022, 9:06:23 AM




Children's School Services is an equal opportunity employer that evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, identity, or other characteristics protected by law.

Please note that it is the policy of Children's School Services to ensure a “drug-free” work environment: a workplace free from the illegal use, possession or distribution of controlled substances (as defined in the Controlled Substances Act), or the misuse of legal substances, by all staff (management, employees and contractors). Though recreational and medical marijuana are now legal in the District of Columbia, Children's National and its affiliates maintain the right, in accordance with our policy, to enforce a drug-free workplace, including prohibiting recreational or prescribed marijuana.