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School Nurse

Department: Health Center
Post Date: 12/01/2021
Close Date: Open until filled
Salary: Per Salary Schedule, Based on Education & Experience


  • Associate  Degree in Nursing or Bachelor’s Degree (Preferred) in Nursing or appropriate Health Related Field from a regionally accredited college or university or from an institution accredited by the National League of Nursing
  • Valid New Mexico Registered Nurse License issued by New Mexico Board of Nursing or license from another state based on current compact state license.
  • Current CPR certification
  • Minimum 1-3 years nursing experience, preferably in School Nursing, Pediatrics, Public or Community Health
  • Current School Nurse licensure by New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) or eligibility to obtain same
  • A valid New Mexico driver’s license is required

Work Environment

  • School Health Center with offices and exam rooms
  • May need to walk/run to other buildings to provide care
  • May need to stand for long periods of time
  • Fast paced and busy School Health Center 



The School Nurse’s primary role is to support student learning and academic success by addressing physical, psycho-social, emotional, mental  and other health concerns that are likely to affect a student’s ability to learn.                                        

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITY:  Under direct/indirect supervision of School Health Services Coordinator, provides preventive health services to students to facilitate students’ optimal physical, mental, emotional and social growth and development.  Provides health services to acutely ill/injured students as well as those students with chronic health care conditions. Promotes and protects the optimal health of school-age children



  • Provide health assessments, including obtaining health history/evaluation of students in order to make a nursing diagnosis and establish priority for action.
  • Perform Vision/Hearing Screenings.
  •  Identify abnormal health findings and communicate same to School Health Services Coordinator.
  • Evaluate student response to nursing and medical interventions and revise nursing care plan accordingly.
  •  Interpret the health status of students to parents and school personnel.
  •  Provide ongoing health counseling to students, parents, school personnel.
  • Counsel and plan action for eliminating, minimizing or accepting the health issues of students which interfere with effective learning.
  • Provide crisis intervention and counseling concerning problems such as depression and other behavioral health conditions, pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, family planning options, and substance abuse in order to facilitate responsible decision-making and decrease risky behaviors.
  • Function as an advocate for students and families. 
  • Motivate and guide person(s) responsible for student’s health to appropriate resources.
  • Promote and assist in the control of communicable diseases, including participation in flu vaccine clinics.
  • Participate on appropriate committees.
  • Maintain confidential health records.  
  • Assist in planning school health programs.
  • Pick up prescribed medications from Santa Fe Indian Hospital pharmacy as needed.
  • Transport students to Santa Fe Indian Hospital as needed.
  • Administration of daily prescribed medications and standing order medications. 
  • Document all care provided in School Nurse Database. 


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices underlying professional nursing
  • Principles and practices in the specialty field of school health
  • Current trends, literature, and theory in school health/school nursing
  • State and local laws regarding health and social issues
  • Knowledge of school health programs such as vision, hearing screening, immunization requirements
  • Must exhibit common sense

 Skill to:

  • Function autonomously
  • Communicate effectively and respectfully with Native American children and adolescents
  • Use standard medical equipment necessary for school health (audiometer, otoscope, vision screening equipment)
  • Problem-solving and decision-making
  • Flexibility
  • Multi-task
  • Quickly prioritize

Ability to:

  • Exercise professional judgment in making decisions
  • Utilize the Nursing Process
  • Demonstrate Cultural Competence and sensitivity
  • Communicate effectively and appropriately with students, parents, other school personnel, health care providers
  • Use a computer and various software programs and applications
  • Demonstrate a genuine interest in, and respect for, the student population and its health needs
  •  Be a self-starter or self-motivated
  • Assume responsibility for continuing education and professional growth
  • Move quickly from one building to another
  • Speak effectively in front of groups of students, school personnel, parents
  • Ability to bend, stoop, reach, run between buildings  
  • Be non-judgmental, kind and patient 
  • to work quickly and efficiently  
  • to work in high volume setting 

To Apply:

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, a current resume, and an up-to-date SFIS job application to the Human Resources Department.

Conditions of Employment: Able to comply with the immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986; obtain a successful Criminal History Background Check as per PL 101-647 and 45 CFR 1301; must provide official transcripts; and SFIS Superintendent approval.

Santa Fe Indian School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, marital status, disability, handicap, or military status in compliance with federal and state laws. Native American Preference.

For information on applying for any position contact:

Kathleen Honahni, Director
Tel: (505) 989-6353
Fax: (505) 989-6304