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Description: The job of Nurse was established for the purpose(s) of assessing the health needs of children; developing emergency care plans and individual health plans, incorporating input from parent and/or physician; complying with the laws relating to student health, including parental/guardian consent; providing appropriate care for ill, medically fragile and/or injured students; providing health information and serving as a resource to parents, teachers, staff, and administrators; and identifying health problems for referral for proper treatment.


Essentials Duties and Responsibilities

The following duties are normal for this position. These are not e construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Provide direct nursing assessment, first aid and care for all students and staff with illness and injury in accordance with High Hopes policy and accepted standards of practice for nursing. Provides care to clients, including those with allergies, asthma, diabetes, seizures, feeding tubes and those who are medically fragile.

  • Administer medication in accordance with State Laws and High Hopes policies.

  • Consult with High Hopes staff to determine if client conditions are contagious and contact parents if a child needs to be picked up.

  • Assess the health status of the child in order to make a nursing diagnosis and establish priority for action.

  • In collaboration with parents and caregivers, establish health care plans and emergency care plans for children with special care needs. Consult with and train staff regarding these plans.

  • Collects and compiles data and completes reports regarding immunization and med counts. Maintains orderly and current health records.

  • Order supplies needed for health care services.

  • Coordinate student medical needs with IPP team when special nursing services are required.

  • Schedule and conduct mandated screening programs such as vision and hearing.

  • Serve as a health consultant and resource person in health education curriculum by providing current scientific information from related fields.

  • Counsel children and families on health conditions and lifestyle issues in order to facilitate a healthier student population.

  • Initiate sun-safety/skin cancer awareness educational program.

  • Attend in-service, meetings, training, and conferences.

  • Schedule and organize CPR and First Aid trainings, flu shots, and other health-related safety trainings for staff.

Additional Job Functions

Perform other related duties as required.

Reports to/Directly Supervised by

Director of Education


Minimum Training and Experience Preferred to Perform Essential Job Functions

  • ​Must be a Licensed Practical Nurse or Registered Nurse licensed by the State of Tennessee

  • Must have current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required to Perform Essential Job Functions

  • Knowledge of intellectual, sensory, and physical development of children and their educational and developmental needs.

  • Knowledge of communicable diseases, medical diagnoses, and treatment of common pediatric conditions, emergency care of ill and/or injured children and diagnostic perspective intervention as related to health conditions.

  • Knowledge of physical and psychological problems related to children with special needs and their families.

  • Ability to plan, organize, and implement a health services program.

  • Ability to work collaboratively to with people (i.e., staff, children, parents, supervisors) individually and in multidisciplinary teams. Must be adaptable to performing under considerable stress when confronted with an emergency.

  • Must be able to safely lift and move equipment and children and assist in child positioning.

  • Ability to utilize mathematical formulas, add and substract totals, multiply and divide, determine percentages, and utilize descriptive statics.

  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with parents, caregivers, and other staff members.

  • Knowledge of the policies, procedures, and activities of High Hopes and state and federal laws and regulations as they pertain to performance of duties related to the position of nurse.



The Clinic at High Hopes Development Center is a leader in the care of children with disabilities. As a non-profit we are mission driven and passionate about providing expert therapeutic services for the children and families we serve. Employees enjoy a family friendly and supportive team atmosphere in which to grow as a person, professional and/or clinician.  High Hopes was voted a 2017 Middle Tennessee Top Workplace for The Tennessean.

High Hopes employees enjoy the following benefits:

  • Paid Time Off

  • Paid Holidays

  • Health Insurance (full time)

  • Dental Insurance (full time)

  • Retirement Savings -- 401k Plan

  • Supplemental Insurance

  • Vision (full time)

  • Childcare Discount at our on-site childcare/preschool

Job Type: Full-time (30-40 hours)

Schedule: 12 months/Five days per week/6-8 hours per day

Salary: Scale based on experience

Send cover letter and resume to Sarah Roelke, Director of Education


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