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Administrative Center
237 N. Hospital Street
United States of America
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Responsible for identifying and treating health disorders among Head Start and Early Head Start children and provide instruction in the maintenance of good health and disease prevention.  The Health Nurse will evaluate the physical conditions of children and refer children to appropriate resources as needed. All duties are performed in accordance with Head Start Performance Standards and policies and procedures, state Licensing Regulations, and state law regarding nurse practice.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


  1. Assess and provide for the critical needs of children in Head Start/Early Head Start Program, i.e., health care plans for children with life threatening medical conditions, medically fragile children, children with health concerns and/or requiring nursing treatments, medication administration, etc.
  2. Provide consultant services to Head Start Staff regarding health issues, e.g., communicable disease control, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.
  3. Assess the physical and emotional health of children as related to the educational process and within the scope of registered nurse practice; initiate referrals for further diagnosis and treatment of identified health needs, and provide follow-up.
  4. Communicate health concerns that may impact learning to appropriate staff with parent/guardian consent.
  5. Coordinate and performs hearing and vision screenings, as mandated by Head Start Performance Standards and the South Carolina EPSDT Well Child Schedule, including referral and follow-up.
  6. Performs and provide blood pressure and hematocrit/hemoglobin results as needed for enrolled children.
  7. Reviews medical records and reports, interprets results and diagnosis to staff and parents, and confers with referral providers
  8. Makes appropriate assessment and referrals for suspected child abuse/neglect as a mandated reporter.
  9. Train appropriate Head Start staff, and supervise medication administration, as needed.
  10. Assist with pre-service and in-service trainings, and parent trainings, as needed.
  11. Serve as an advocate for the health rights of children and as a professional liaison between Head Start, family, and the health community.
  12. Cooperate with GLEAMNS administrators and Head Start staff to identify safety and environmental health needs.
  13. Serve as a resource for health education to classroom teachers, as needed.
  14. Participate as a member of the Head Start Health Services Advisory Committee.
  15. Collect and compile data and reports as related to health care services.
  16. Travel to Head Start Centers, as needed.

Performs other health related duties as required.

Minimum Requirements



  • Graduate from an accredited School of Nursing, BSN preferred
  • Current and valid South Carolina license as Registered Nurse, PNP preferred
  • Three years of nursing experience.  Pediatric and/or health education preferred
  • Must have a valid South Carolina Driver’s License


Personal computer knowledge, medication administration equipment, i.e., Nebulizers, Diabetes Lancing Devices, etc., and screening equipment, i.e., audiometers, vision screeners, scales, hemoglobin machines, etc.



  • Demonstrated ability to exhibit good judgment, flexibility, responsibility and be physically and mentally able to carry out the registered nurse duties
  • Exemplify good personal health practices and mental health attitudes and have an understanding of the basic principles of growth and development
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with children, staff, and within a team
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and commitment to follow through on tasks
  • Ability to travel to varies centers within GLEAMNS service areas
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with community service agencies including health professionals, health departments, social services, etc.
  • Ability to identify abnormal growth and development and symptoms of disease
  • Ability to coordinate and facilitate services between Head Start, local health agencies, and other community resources
  • Working knowledge of public health problems and procedures for treatment in coordination with other health and social service agencies