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Full-Time Openings

Reports To:

Director of Clinical Services


Tennessee School for the Blind
115 Stewart’s Ferry Pike
Nashville, TN  37214

Required Qualifications

Education and Experience: Currently licensed as a practical nurse and experience equivalent to one year of licensed practical nursing.

Necessary Special Qualifications: Currently licensed as a practical nurse with the State of Tennessee or holds a privilege to practice in the State of Tennessee under the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). A valid motor vehicle operator license may be required.

Job Overview


Under general supervision, is responsible for licensed practical nursing duties of average difficulty; and performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Features:

*This is the working level class in the Licensed Practical Nurse job series. An employee in this class is responsible for providing licensed practical nursing health care support in a hospital, clinic, institution, or in the home. An employee in this class may be assigned to work days, evenings, nights, and/or weekends. This class differs from Licensed Practical Nurse 1 in that the latter performs licensed practical nursing duties as directed by the immediate supervisor. This class differs from Licensed Practical Nurse 3 in that the latter is responsible for leading the work of technical nursing staff.

Work Activities

Assisting and Caring for Others:

  1. Performs BLS (Basic Life Support), CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), and other emergency responses.
  2. Provides health care support as directed by the immediate supervisor. 
  3. Follows a prescribed health care plan or protocol.
  4. Takes the patient's vital signs.  
  5. Identifies patient's allergies.
  6. Administers medication.   
  7. Monitors side effects of medication.
  8. Observes effectiveness of medications.
  9. Feeds the patient.
  10. Bathes the patient.
  11. Prepares the patient for laboratory tests.
  12. Obtains required lab specimens per protocol. 
  13. Prepares specimens for transport to an outside laboratory.
  14. Performs other procedures per protocol.    

Provide Consultation and Advice to Others:

  1. Educates patients/caregivers how to maintain optimal health status.
  2. Demonstrates self-care such as dressing changes, self-examinations, activities of daily living (e.g., hygiene), and use of adaptive equipment/devices.
  3. Ensures the patient understands self-care instructions.

Documenting/Recording Information:

  1. Documents assessments, care and education provided to the patient.
  2. Lists vital signs and procedures performed in the patient's medical record.
  3. Documents orders followed and medical interventions.
  4. Documents completed tests and the results.
  5. Documents administration and effectiveness of drugs, documents utilization of controlled drugs.
  6. Completes medical and administrative forms (e.g. electronic or paper). 

Monitoring and Controlling Resources: 

  1. Maintains an adequate, current, and secure inventory of health care supplies.
  2. Reports discrepancies in the inventory.

Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material:

  1. Ensures that medical equipment and designated work areas are kept clean and serviceable.
  2. Reports any maintenance problems or repairs made on equipment.  

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:

  • Fosters team work to ensure total care of patient/client and outside entities.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:

  • Discusses the patient’s comprehensive health plan with other staff to identify the patient’s/client’s needs.

Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:

  • Communicates with internal and external entities.

Coaching and Developing Others:

  • Provides education to employees and others.

Competencies (KSA’s)


  1. Knowledge of principles of nursing, nursing practices, techniques, and applicable laws
  2. Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders
  3. Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities
  4. Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services  


  1. The skill to understand written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents
  2. The skill to listen to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times
  3. The skill to talk to others to convey information effectively
  4. The skill to adjust actions in relation to others' actions
  5. The skill to be aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do
  6. The skill to actively look for ways to help people
  7. The skill to manage one's own time


  1. The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong
  2. The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas
  3. The ability to communicate (verbal and written) information and ideas
  4. The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you
  5. The ability to apply general rules to specific problems


  1. Learning on the fly
  2. Problem solving
  3. Priority setting
  4. Timely decision making
  5. Standing alone
  6. Action oriented
  7. Drive for results
  8. Organizational agility
  9. Written Communication
  10. Compassion
  11. Ethics and Values
  12. Integrity and trust
  13. Patience
  14. Peer relationships
  15. Understanding others  

Tools and Equipment Used

  1. Electronic devices
  2. Various medical equipment and devices

Conditions of Employment

  • Selected applicants must verify experience / highest degree held.
  • Direct deposit of paycheck on a 12-month schedule is required.
  • TSB is a non-smoking facility in its entirety.
  • Selected applicant must comply with the State of Tennessee Employee Drug-Free Workplace Policy, and other policies.
  • As required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), selected applicant must verify, within 72 hours of employment, his/her legal right to be employed in the United States.
  • Selected applicant(s) will be required to submit to and pass a TBI/FBI background check, to include Tennessee and Federal criminal history checks, child abuse records, employment verification, and professional/personal reference checks.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications.  In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

How to Apply  

Fully completed TSB Employment Application should be submitted to:

Kim Stein, Director of Human Resources
Tennessee School for the Blind
115 Stewarts Ferry Pike
Nashville, TN 37214


Please DO NOT submit a State of Tennessee on-line application.


Tennessee School for the Blind
115 Stewarts Ferry Pike
Nashville, TN   37214

Broad Scope of the Position:

The Tennessee School for the Blind provides educational services to students who are legally blind with and without additional disabilities. The on-campus program, located in Nashville (Donelson) educates students from across the state in a K-12 setting and grants regular high school diplomas to the students that meet the requirements set forth by the State of Tennessee.  The outreach program provides services to students being educated in their local school district.   

This position reports to the school principal, and is responsible for providing standards based instruction to students who are visually impaired, and who may have other disabilities, on an individual and group basis; instructs in grade level and modified content standards; utilizes Tennessee State Standards and benchmarks in establishing instructional goals; and provides assessments that measure whether students meet standards.   

We will consider all appropriate certified teachers for this position, and will allow time for individuals to obtain a Teacher of the Visually Impaired endorsement.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performs work associated with standards-based student instruction: prepares lesson plans, adapts instructional materials, develops input for and presents daily instructional/learning activities based upon the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and under the direction of the Principal, maintains a positive classroom environment utilizing appropriate classroom management, keeps students on task and engaged in learning.
  • Demonstrates knowledge/skill in the areas of: data collection, task analysis, progress monitoring, daily living skills, assessment, behavior management, organization / planning, curriculum development, current technology practices relative to students who have vision loss, and parent relations and teamwork.
  • Coordinates data collection and reporting.
  • Works as part of an education / assessment team responsible for identifying, developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating individual objectives for assigned students.
  • Coordinates effectively with other service staff in providing student instruction, strategic planning, and positively contributing to co-curricular activities.
  • Positively serves as a team member; and participates in regular team and departmental meetings, school and instructional meetings as required.
  • Provides parent consultation; participates in selected parent-focused activities, etc.
  • Participates in activities related to professional development and training/workshops as appropriate, including Work Based Learning.
  • Plans and/or chaperones on and off-campus activities, appointments, programs and field trips.
  • Plans, implements and supervises work program with select students.
  • Performs other appropriate duties as assigned.


  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in Education from an accredited college or university.
  • Must hold or be eligible for appropriate educator licensure in the State of Tennessee.
  • Must hold a special education teaching endorsement
  • Must hold or be willing to become certified as a TVI within 3 years

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Knowledge of Tennessee state standards, program development, classroom resource management, and student/personal scheduling for students with visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities.
  • Knowledge of and ability to assess and apply technology to perform the requirements of the position; ability to effectively utilize a variety of computer software applications, which may include but is not limited to e-mail, Internet, word processing, electronic calendar, presentation development, spreadsheet, database, etc.; willingness to stay current and develop skills as needed with or without direct support from TSB.
  • Knowledge of and ability to effectively adapt and apply teaching skills, classroom management and lesson preparation to a technology rich environment, which may include but is not limited to on-site classroom, telepresence, and multiple distance education technologies and delivery modes; ability to effectively implement technology necessary to model, teach, and assist students relative to classroom instruction and activities.
  • Ability to respond effectively and positively to feedback.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others and participate effectively in a team setting.
  • Strong, positive interpersonal skills.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Selected applicants must verify experience/highest degree held.
  • Direct deposit of paycheck on a 12-month schedule is required.
  • TSB is a non-smoking facility in its entirety.
  • Selected applicant must comply with the State of Tennessee Employee Drug-Free Workplace Policy, and other policies.
  • Selected applicant(s) will be required to submit to and pass a TBI/FBI background check, to include Tennessee and Federal criminal history checks, child abuse records, employment verification, and professional/personal reference checks.

How to Apply:

A fully completed State of Tennessee Employment Application (which can be found at should be submitted to:

Kim Stein, Director of Human Resources
Tennessee School for the Blind
115 Stewarts Ferry Pike
Nashville, TN 37214


In addition to application (to include salary history and references), please include the following items:

  • Letter of Interest
  • Current Resume
  • Recent Letters of Recommendation, with signature
  • Copy of Educator Certification
  • Unofficial Copies of All Transcripts*

*An unofficial copy of transcripts must be submitted at the time of application. Failure to provide a transcript or credential evaluation report may result in your application being rejected and you will not be able to continue in the selection process for this announcement.

Candidates with disabilities who require special accommodations or alternative communication formats should contact the Superintendent’s Office at (615) 231-7316 no later than five days prior to their scheduled interview to facilitate reasonable accommodations.   The State of Tennessee is an Equal Opportunity Employer; Discrimination on the Basis of Age (Over 40), Race, Sex, Color, Religion, National Origin, Disabling Condition or any other Non-Merit Factor is Prohibited.

Reports To:



West Tennessee School for the Deaf
100 Berryhill Drive
Jackson, TN 38301

Position Description:

Under general supervision, is responsible for evaluating and treating the pediatric population with hearing disorders, including infants, toddlers and school age children in accordance with professional and Tennessee State Department of Education quality standards.  The appointed shall provide services as assigned by the immediate supervisor and Principal of the West Tennessee School for the Deaf in furtherance, of the school’s mission and goals of child and family care, education, outreach, and public service.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  • Conducts pediatric audiological diagnostic evaluations specifically for WTSD students, and also for infants, toddlers, and school age children in the West Tennessee Region.  Test protocol includes, as appropriate, visual reinforcement audiometry, conditioned play audiometry, pure tone and speech audiometry, auditory brainstem response studies, optoacoustic emission testing and middle ear studies.
  • Audiologically manages the students who attend WTSD, and hearing impaired infants, toddlers, and school age children in the West Tennessee region, by providing scheduled and requested hearing evaluations, personal amplification programming and follow up to include hearing aids and cochlear implants, school amplification system fitting and management.
  • Interprets the hearing test data and amplification outcomes and communicates this information clearly to the child’s guardian and, if appropriate, the child.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of current amplification technologies, fitting practices and validation procedures and is flexible in applying this knowledge to deliver individualized care to the child as it applies to the home and educational environment.
  • Under the direction of the immediate supervisor and school Principal, delivers school based instruction to educational staff working with hearing impaired toddlers and school age children concerning specific explanation of hearing loss, amplification management and maintenance, and delivery of aural habilitation.
  • Communicates effectively and clearly and in a timely manner with the child’s hearing health and education team members, to include parents, physicians, speech pathologists, audiologists, educators, and administrators.
  • Demonstrate initiative in identifying opportunities for self-development and enhancement of professional competency through self-study, on the job training, and attending professional meetings.
  • Demonstrate effective client relations skills, promote a positive work environment and contribute to the department’s overall team effort.
  • Demonstrate a work ethic that is exemplified by reporting to work on time, dressed appropriately and prepared to deliver services in a timely manner with efficient documentation.
  • Demonstrate behavior that is consistent with the ASHA and AAA Code of Ethics.


  • A valid State of Tennessee driver’s license is required when driving on campus whether in a personal car or state vehicle.
  • Applicant must be willing to be fingerprinted and required to have a TBI/FBI background check.  In addition, background checks will be conducted through the Tennessee of Registry of Sexual Offences, the Tennessee Registry of Abuses, and the Tennessee Child Protective Services Background Check.
  • Applicants are required to have a Doctoral Level degree in Audiology (AuD), Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology CCC-A, and a license to practice Audiology in the State of Tennessee, issued by the Tennessee Health related board.  Prior experience as a pediatric/educational audiologist is preferred but not required.
  • Applicants must become proficient in sign language at the level established for this position.  Training will be provided.

Successful candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Sound Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork

Salary and Benefits:

Salary range is $48,280 - $66,370 annually.  In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

To Apply:

Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Jeannie Luckey,

Pursuant to the State of TN's policy of non-discrimination, the Department of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, or military services in its policies, or in the admission of, access to, treatment, or employment in its programs, services, or activities.