Certified School Nurse

Posted on: March 9, 2023 | |

Title: Certified School Nurse (2023-24SY)
Location: Chicago, IL
Reports To: Director of Student Services
Salary: Starting at $65,000, commensurate with experience
Employee Type: Regular Full Time
Start Date: August 2023

The mission of Distinctive Schools, an educational practice leader committed to social justice and the elevation of access and achievement in historically marginalized communities, is to support each child in becoming an engaged and curious learner, a confident self-advocate, and a creative problem-solver by setting high expectations and nurturing a positive culture that honors diversity, collaboration, and optimism.

Position Overview

A Distinctive Schools Nurse holds as their top priority the health, safety and medical well-being of the students and staff at the school.  A Certified School Nurse (CSN) will provide direct professional nursing services, first aid, illness and emergency care to students and staff in response to the nursing assessment and in accordance with professional standards, school policies and procedures, and state and local mandates. A CSN coordinates and adheres to state and federal mandates related to Special Education timelines and guidelines.


Provide direct healthcare services, such as first aid, illness treatment, and emergency care to students
Prepare health assessment on students for annual evaluations
Identify health problems, make referrals for diagnosis and treatment, develop educational modifications, provide follow-up and evaluation, and maintain appropriate documentation
Provides counseling and follow-up services to students with disabilities as delineated in the IEP/504
Follow up on homebound students needing related health care services
Provide intervention in times of school crisis, i.e. death, suicide, traumatic events
Initiate, encourage, and participate in health education programs for children
Provide health counseling to parents of students with health conditions, and provide individual and group health counseling to students with health conditions
Develop the medication protocol to safely store, administer, document, and monitor the effectiveness of the medication given at school
Coordinate activities of local schools concerned with communicable disease regulations
Assist with the State and Federal mandated screenings and provides follow-up for deficits in vision, hearing, growth and development, and other physical impairment
Maintain accurate records (Maintain an inventory of materials, assessments, and supplies)
Update daily progress notes
Update weekly documentation of all services delivered
Update quarterly report of student achievement (IEP report cards)
Collaborate with the multidisciplinary team to determine if health adversely affects the student’s educational process and is also responsible for the development of the all IEP goals, benchmarks, and accommodations for students requiring health related services
Requirements (minimum)

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing


Certification as a registered nurse
Certification as a school nurse OR begins certification process once hired
Valid Professional Educator License endorsed as a School Nurse through the Illinois State Board of Education
A valid Illinois nursing license
Current certification in CPR is required
Physical demands: Occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; some stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling; and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally, the job requires 10% sitting, 50% walking, and 40% standing


25+ Paid holidays & 10 days PTO annually (in addition to summer break for educators/campus positions)
12 weeks family paid leave
Comprehensive Healthcare (Medical, Dental, Vision)
403b match
Fully match up to 3%
50% match up to 5%
Professional development including tuition reimbursement
Gym and wellness discounts
And more
Description Disclaimer: Since no job description can detail all the duties and responsibilities that may be required from time to time in the performance of a job, duties and responsibilities that may be inherent in a job, reasonably required for its performance, or required due to the changing nature of the job shall also be considered part of the jobholder’s responsibility.

EEO: Distinctive Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other personal characteristic protected by applicable law.

Distinctive Schools is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. In keeping with our commitment, Distinctive Schools will take the steps to assure that people with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. Accordingly, if reasonable accommodation is required to fully participate in the job application or interview process, to perform the essential functions of the position, and/or to receive all other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact or call 773.828.4191