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Date:  May 22, 2023


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Requisition No: 795695 

Agency: Department of Health


Position Number: 64030698 

Salary:  $1,880.00 - $1,923.08 bi-weekly 

Posting Closing Date: 06/13/2023 

Thank you for your interest in career opportunities with the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County.  If you are looking to establish a successful career in Public Health, you have come to the right place.  Many of our innovative and successful health programs are recognized throughout Florida.  We hope you decide to join our team!  Applicants will be contacted directly if selected for an interview.


Your Specific Responsibilities:

The person in this position functions at an advanced level of public health nursing in a large county health department.  This individual works in a comprehensive school health program under the supervision of a Community Health Nursing Supervisor.


This schedule for this position will run concurrent with the 10-month school calendar for the Sarasota County Public School System.


  1. Provides and coordinates generalized school health services at assigned schools according to the local School Health Services Plan, established protocols, and supervisor’s instructions.
    1. Demonstrates an in-depth knowledge of the health needs, both physical and emotional, of school-aged     youth as evidenced by the ability to deliver health promotion education, disease prevention education, and health protection services
    2. Ensures that no student will be admitted or attend any public or non-public school without proper documentation; performs record reviews to determine compliance with the following:
      1. Certification of Immunization or Certificate of Immunization Exemption.
      2.  Health examination within the past twelve months for all students entering Florida schools for the first time.
    3. Manages health care issues of students concerning actual or potential health problems which include, but are not limited to:
      1.  Nursing Assessments and triage including rapid assessment of acute physical problems.
      2.  First aid and emergency treatment.
      3. Vision, hearing, scoliosis, and growth and development screenings.
      4.  Obesity and nutritional counseling.
    4.  Acts as liaison in communication of health-related problems (within the limits of client confidentiality) between parents and students (including home visits as needed) to form a collaborative effort to meet the needs of the child
    5. Provides health education to families, assists indigent families in obtaining health care for students, and refers for services when appropriate.
    6. Ensures that a school health record is established for each student and that the record includes documentation of identified health problems and corrective measures taken. Completes a separate professional treatment record to be used to document the provision of confidential health services by health care professional and paraprofessionals.
    7. Assists in identification of high-risk students with medical issues requiring assistance and possible emergency intervention in the school setting (including pregnancy).  Individual nursing care plans, including emergency, will be initiated and shared with all appropriate staff.
    8. Acts as a resource person/nursing consultant (within the limits of DOH-Sarasota policies) and provides health information for health room aides, teachers, and other school staff.  Participates as a member of the school study team and school assistance team to facilitate student referrals for service.
    9. Assists in developing a procedure for administration of medications during school hours.  Ensures those medical services (invasive procedures) are provided by appropriately trained individuals. Monitors staff designated by the principal to administer medications. Provides education as needed to students who, with parent and physician permission, self-administer medications. Takes and implements physician orders via telephone as required.
    10. Assists with, and monitors health room compliance with, an emergency/disaster plan for the school setting.
  1. Manages and coordinates special projects related to School Health as outlined in the local School Health Services Plan, established protocols, and supervisor’s instructions.
    1. Provides age-appropriate nursing counseling on topics including but not limited to:
      1. Substance abuse (drug and alcohol) education and treatment referral
      1. Smoking cessation
      2. Domestic violence prevention
      3. Communicable disease prevention including sexually transmitted disease
      4. Pregnancy prevention
      5. Violence prevention, identification of bullying behavior
      6. Suicide prevention with appropriate intervention referrals
      7. Life-style issues with elimination of risk-taking behaviors
      8. Identification of health issues, need for early intervention, and ability to be own “health advocates”
    1. When working with middle/high school youth, provides a teen-friendly approach to student’s medical and emotional needs while advising in a professional and organized manner.
    2. Collaborates with school and community support services in order to facilitate the oversight of student health and improve the health outcomes of students:       
      1. Serves as member of appropriate community and school committees.
      1. Coordinates with Healthy Start to ensure timely and adequate provision of services to pregnant students.
    1. Coordinates or provides work-site wellness programs that promote a healthy physical and psychosocial school climate.
  1. Responsible for new nurse orientation
    1. Keep orientation manual up to date and revise as needed
    2. Develop and revise nurse training manual as needed
    3. Updates nurse’s timeline document
    4. Arranges time for new nurses to visit other Registered Nurses (RNs) as part of orientation to School Health
    5. Mentors new Department of Health (DOH) RNs throughout the school year
    6. Offers assistance and guidance for new Department of Education (DOE) RNs and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs)
  2. Acts as co-chairperson for the Processes, Procedures, and Forms Committee for the School Health team. Updates School Health manual information as needed. Assists with coordinating nursing education and in-services for the School Health team.
    1. Provides support to supervisor, advising of real or potential problems, assisting with problem resolution as requested.  Meets with supervisor as needed to review departmental issues. Coordinates all procedure and forms changes.
    2. Is an administrative representative of DOH/School Health when working with school board, community agencies and parents.
    3. Coordinates nursing in services and organizes scheduled skills updates for all school health staff providing screenings.  Facilitates and/or provides for child specific training and technical assistance for complex medical as well as invasive medical procedures and ensures that these procedures are provided by appropriately trained individuals.
  3. Performs other related duties as assigned per supervisor's instructions with adjustable scheduling.
    1. A. Provides, as requested, support to supervisor advising of real or potential school health problems, assistance with problem resolution.
    2. Serves, as requested, as acting supervisor in the supervisor’s absence
    3. Participates in DOH-Sarasota clinics as assigned.
    4. Attends and participates in staff development and in-service education programs.
    5. Maintains current CPR certification for health professionals.
    6. Follows DOH rules and regulations and departmental policies and procedures.
    7. If certified as an advanced practice school nurse, will perform functions in an expanded role.  Will renew and maintain an educational certificate according to certification standards.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to work independently and ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
  • Ability to schedule and coordinate assigned work responsibilities
  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques of effective verbal and written communication
  • Skill in the use of Microsoft Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint
  • Good time management skills



Minimum –

  • Current, active Florida Nursing license or a multistate license from another Compact State
  • Florida driver’s license, or the ability to obtain one
  • One year of professional nursing experience (Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Nursing, Public Health, or a related field can substitute for the required professional nursing experience)

Preferred –

  • Master’s degree
  • Experience in home health nursing
  • Experience in school health nursing
  • Experience with or knowledge of childhood immunizations


Florida Department of Health Mission, Vision, and Values:


To protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county & community efforts.


To be the Healthiest State in the Nation.


nnovation: We search for creative solutions and manage resources wisely.

C ollaboration: We use teamwork to achieve common goals & solve problems.

A ccountability: We perform with integrity & respect.

R esponsiveness: We achieve our mission by serving our customers & engaging our partners.

E xcellence: We promote quality outcomes through learning & continuous performance improvement.


Where You Will Work:

The Landings

1960 Landings Boulevard

Sarasota, FL 34231


Travel within Sarasota County to assigned schools will be required.


The Benefits of Working for the State of Florida:

Working for the State of Florida is more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package for employees features a highly competitive set of employee benefits including:

  • Annual and Sick Leave benefits
  • Nine paid holidays and one Personal Holiday each year
  • State Group Insurance coverage options, including health, life, dental, vision, and other supplemental insurance options
  • Retirement plan options, including employer contributions (For more information, please click
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Tuition waiver
  • And more!


For a more complete list of benefits, visit


Please be advised:

Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process.  


This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit. Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check. 


Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website: 


If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida.  Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement. 


The successful candidate will be required to complete the Form I-9 and that information will be verified using the E-Verify system.  E-Verify is operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration to verify employment eligibility.   


Incumbents may be required to perform emergency duty before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days.


The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace. 


Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-877-562-7287). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation. 


The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act. 


Florida has the third largest population of veterans in the nation with more than 1.5 million service men and women.  The Florida Department of Health (department) is committed to serving members of the United States Armed Forces, veterans and their families by encouraging them to apply for vacancies that fit their area of knowledge and/or expertise.  Through the Department's VALOR program, which expedites licensing for military veterans, the Department also waives initial licensing and application fees for military veterans who apply for a health care professional license within 60 months of an honorable discharge. These initiatives help ensure that the transition from military service into the workforce is as smooth as possible and reflects our appreciation for the dedication devoted to protecting our country.    


If there are any problems applying online, please call People First Staffing Administration: (877) 562-7287.

Service Center hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., ET. TTY users, call (866) 221-0268.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

Nearest Major Market: Sarasota
Nearest Secondary Market: Tampa