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Boarding Nurse

African Leadership Academy

African Leadership Academy

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Saturday, February 11, 2023


African Leadership Academy (240 beds) is looking for two Boarding nurses to deliver primary health care during the day, evenings and on weekends. The Boarding nurses will contribute to the supervision and care of pupil members in the boarding houses by overseeing the domestic running of the houses; these will include cleaning, laundry, maintenance, health and safety and medical arrangements for individual pupils. The Boarding Nurses will be required to liaise with Hall heads, Residential counsellor as well as parents, about individual student pastoral issues. The appointment of boarding nurses is intended to bolster excellence in healthcare, safety and support provided to the student population at the academy in the residence. .

About the Academy

African Leadership Academy (ALA) seeks to transform Africa by identifying, developing, and connecting a new generation of future leaders. The Academy was founded on the philosophy that a new generation of ethical, committed leaders is the key to Africa’s development. Each year, ALA draws the most outstanding students from across Africa to its campus in South Africa. Here, they build a powerful intellectual foundation and develop their leadership capacity through ALA’s unique curriculum. ALA then works with these young leaders throughout their lives as they enable lasting positive change on the African continent. With its audacious mission and lifelong engagement model, ALA is unlike any school in the world.

Position Overview

This an entry level role and will operate on a shift basis, seven-days evening duty and seven-days day duty. The boarding nurses are required to live on campus and their primary responsibilities includes but are not limited to:


  • Serve as a key stakeholder in collaboration with Academy personnel such as the Director of Student Wellbeing, Head Nurse, Wellness team and Residential Faculty to provide a holistic wellness service to our student body
  • Asses, treat, and timeous refer students to health care providers
  • Provide a clinically effective, high-quality service of nursing care to students
  • Provide first aid care to all members of the community
  • Provide appropriate (medical) confidential counselling of students
  • Support mental health conditions through providing emotional and social support alongside other medical interventions
  • Consult with internal and external service providers, teachers, parents, administrators, and other academy staff regarding student care as and when needed and or appropriate
  • Administer and dispense medication
  • Be involved in and implement of health and safety protocols
  • Provide and deliver health education such as life skills classes to our diverse students’ body population
  • Ensure accurate and concise record keeping, and reports
  • Undertake other responsibilities as required by the Director of Student Wellbeing

Dormitory management

  • Organize house laundry, oversee the repair, alterations and dry cleaning of clothing and bedding.
  • To liaise with the Hospitality Department and Head of in the preparation of the boarding house before the academic year starts.
  • At the end of term, supervise the clearing up and cleaning of the dormitory to carry out a check of all bedding, furniture, fixtures and fittings, preparing a list of repairs and maintenance and to advise the Hospitality and Facilities management about the replacement or renewal of bedding, fixtures and furnishings.

Health & Safety

  • Complete termly Boarding House Health and Safety Audits in consultation with the Head of Residential Life and the Health & Safety Co-ordinator.
  • Assist Maintenance with Electrical Equipment Health Checks of all pupils' personal electrical appliances in the boarding house; to remove any unsafe electrical goods in house that may pose a Health & Safety risk; to record any items removed and liaise with Head of Residential life.
  • Undertake the basic Health and Hygiene induction at the start of term for all pupils and to ensure any new pupils that join the house are fully inducted.


  • Be familiar with the Boarding Standards for Boarding Schools and ensure compliance with them.
  • Undergo a biannual appraisal in line with the current system.
  • Attend house boarding staff meetings as required by the Head of Residential Life.
  • Be familiar with the school’s code of practice for health and safety, and its policies and procedures for countering bullying, substance misuse and child protection; to be willing to undertake additional training as required by the academy.
  • Carry out other related duties as may be reasonably required from time to time by the Dean, Deputy Dean and Head of Residential Life subject only to the provision that such duties shall fall within the general aim of the post.

Pupils, Parents and Guardians

  • Liaise with parents and/or guardians of students in the house about matters concerning domestic, welfare, in consultation with the Head of Residential Life.
  • Contribute to the induction arrangements for new pupils joining the house and to ensure that any ‘settling in’ problems are discussed with the Head of Residential Life. To provide a sympathetic presence in the house, and to be sensitive to those who are having difficulties coping with school life and to liaise closely with the Residential Counsellor and Nurse concerning the progress and welfare of pupils.
  • Undertake the running of the dormitory shop, including replenishing stock

Profile of Ideal Candidate

  • Valid registration with the South African Nursing Council (SANC)
  • Valid First Aid training certificate (Level 3)
  • Bachelor’s degree with Nursing and other relevant qualifications
  • Proficiency in MS Office, including Excel, Word and PowerPoint
  • 2-3 years’ experience as a staff nurse
  • Experience working in a healthcare facility is an advantage
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Good communication skills, both written and oral
  • Experience in working with youth aged between 16- 21 years

Start Date: February 2023

Reporting: Director of Student Wellbeing & Head of Residence

Location: ALA Campus, Johannesburg, South Africa