Martha O'Bryan Center

School Nurse

Martha O'Bryan Center


Job Summary

The School Nurse’s job is to support Explore!’s mission by fostering a safe and healthy environment that maximizes school learning time. The School Nurse achieves this goal by designing school-wide health and safety protocols for staff and scholars, monitoring scholar wellness, counseling individual scholars and families, providing health education within our school, and communicating health updates within the community.

Job Responsibilities

A strong School Nurse meets these qualifications:

  • Required: BSN/BS, registered nurse with school nurse certification, currently licensed in Tennessee
  • Preferred: A minimum of 3 years RN nursing experience dealing with young children and adolescents (ages 5-18)
  • The school nurse functions independently under state and agency guidelines and policies without on-site supervision. Work is self-directed and clinically autonomous. Supervision may be. Exercised over volunteers, unlicensed personnel, and/or licensed personnel. To accomplish these responsibilities, the school nurse serves in the roles of program manager/coordinator, case manager/direct care provider, collaborator/advocate, educator and health counselor for the school.

The School Nurse will report directly to the school’s Director of Systems Administration and work closely with the School Operations team and Executive Leadership team.

What You’ll Do:

Develop and oversee the school wellness plan. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Explore! aims to develop both preventative and responsive measures to ensure the safety, health and wellness of our scholars and staff. You are responsible for the implementation of this plan. You can interface directly with our families and students, with staff, and with the executive team. You are up to date on all CDC, state, and local guidelines. You constantly re-evaluate and revise the wellness mechanisms that span from the school buses, classrooms, the cafeteria, and beyond.


For students. You will provide the highest quality medical care for our students. Your role directly impacts the amount of time students can spend in class learning by reducing the amount of health-related absenteeism. Beyond responding to student ailments, you will foster a culture of wellness, instructing all students on healthy habits.

For our mission. Explore! serves the incredibly vibrant and diverse community of East Nashville. Our team is fiercely committed to providing high-quality education to every member of our community, no matter their background. It is essential that you are committed to equity and inclusion.  

For our community. Many of our students receive inconsistent medical care. You are passionate about not only providing high quality care and education. Your aim is to ensure that every student has both the care and knowledge they need to advocate for their wellness. You believe that parents are partners in caring for the health and wellness of their scholars and are committed to working hand in hand with them to support their scholars


Who You Are:

You see the big picture and sweat the small stuff. You are simultaneously thinking about the overall wellness of the organization and the individual student in front of you. You understand that wellness at scale can only exist if everyone is cared for. You’ve got a plan to make both happen.

You strike a balance between sticking to the plan and being flexible. Working in a school, like working in healthcare, is a dynamic puzzle. You always have a plan but are not afraid to go back to the drawing board when you realize you haven’t gotten it quite right.

You are a self-starter. You are the wellness expert in the building, and you are undaunted. You see the daily challenges and can still execute on multiple projects at once with a clear vision.

You are a team player. You are searching for an organization of tough, passionate individuals who are laser- focused on the end goal. You’re looking for a place where your colleagues welcome your ideas and have your back. You are the first person to volunteer for a new, challenging project.

Additional Information


This is a benefits eligibile position.

How to Apply

Apply Here


  • Date Posted: August 27, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Clinician
  • Service Area: Health (Physical, Mental)