Nurse Home Visitor

Nurse Home Visitor

Employer

Halifax Community College
100 College Drive
Weldon, NC 27890
Phone: 252-536-2551

Job Location

Weldon, NC 27890

Salary/Grade

Depends on Qualifications

Benefits

State of NC

Job Category

  • Professional

Application Period

Opens: Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Closes: Thursday, December 31, 2020

Target Start Date

Monday, October 5, 2020

Expected Work Hours

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Employment Type

Full Time Position

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Nursing; Current, active, non-restricted nursing license in North Carolina or Compact State; Valid North Carolina Driver's License; One year of public health nursing experience preferred.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Nursing; Current, active, non-restricted nursing license in North Carolina or Compact State; Valid North Carolina Driver's License; One year of public health nursing experience preferred.

Position Description

The Nurse Home Visitor is responsible for providing comprehensive community health nursing services to women and their families eligible for the NFP Program. The Nurse Home Visitor is responsible for maintaining the highest standards in clinical nursing practice and adherence to the NFP model, and to policies, procedures, guidelines and standards of NFP and of the lead agency.

 

Examples of Duties

 
Enroll and coordinate services to a caseload of twenty-five first time, low-income, expectant mothers.  Work requires specialized knowledge in the Nurse-Family Partnership mission, vision and visit guidelines. Nurses independently manage complex families primarily, in their homes, and require strong patient assessment and critical thinking skills to incorporate a strength-based approach to service delivery. The Nurse-Family Partnership National Service Office mission is to provide service to communities in implementing a cost-effective, evidence-based nurse home visiting program to improve pregnancy outcomes, child health and development, and self-sufficiency for eligible, first-time parents – benefiting multiple generations. The vision of Nurse Family Partnership is to set the service standard for excellence, Nurse-Family Partnership transforms lives through the power of relationships, serving every eligible family, in every community. The Visit Guidelines used during the home visits are the primary tool for providing a supporting framework for nurse home visitors in the practical application of the Nurse-Family Partnership model with clients. The NFP Visit Guidelines help the Nurse Home Visitor to comprehensively address topics pertinent to the client. The NFP Visit Guidelines consists of assessments, teaching content, and handouts for each domain.
 
Support policies, procedures, guidelines, and standards of Nurse-Family Partnership while delivering individualized client centered care across six domains. Nurses establish a therapeutic relationship while utilizing the reflective process to improve practice.
 
Serve as conduit and/or extension to the physician, local hospital, maternity homes, and/or other health and human service programs to assist the client to improve pregnancy outcomes, improve child health and development and improve economic self-sufficiency. Nurses take a lead role in coordinating service delivery plans and resources for these clients.
 
Apply theories and principles' integral to implementation of the NFP model.
 
Use evidence from randomized trials and clinical information system (CIS) to guide and support practice in order to produce enduring improvements in the health and wellbeing of low-income, first-time parents and their children. The theories that serve as the foundation for Nurse-Family Partnership complement one another and have been a part of the model since the original trials. The theories provided a framework that guided the development of the NFP Visit Guidelines, Home Visitor and Supervisor Competencies and Nurse-Family Partnership Core Education Sessions. They are a constant thread throughout the model and Nurse-Family Partnership clinical nursing practice. Applying these theories to the nurse's everyday practice helps insure that nurses are implementing the model successfully. There are three theories that provide a framework for practice in the Nurse-Family Partnership: Human Ecology, Attachment, and Self-Efficacy.
 
Human Ecology focuses the nurse's attention on the social and material context in which mother and child are living; it assesses the quality of the mother's relationship with her husband or boyfriend, with her own mother and other important people in her life. These social relationships are profound influences on the client's adjustment to her pregnancy and care of the child. Human ecology also focuses on the importance of changes in roles – such as young women becoming parents. The implementation of this theory during this time presents opportunities for significant changes in behavior.
 
Attachment Theory holds that human beings have evolved a repertoire of behaviors that promote interaction between caregivers and their children, and that these behaviors tend to keep specific caregivers in proximity to defenseless youngsters, thus promoting their survival, especially in emergencies. Attachment theory focuses the nurse's attention on the importance of a mother's awareness and attitudes towards her baby during pregnancy and the development of secure attachments between the baby and the baby's consistent caregivers.
 
Self-Efficacy Theory provides a useful framework for promoting women's health-related behavior during pregnancy, care of their children, and personal development. Differences in motivation, behavior, and persistence in efforts to change a wide range of social behaviors are a function of an individual's beliefs about the connection between their efforts and their desired results. Cognitive processes play a central role in the acquisition and retention of new behavior patterns. Individuals' perceptions of self-efficacy can influence their choice of activities and settings, and can determine how much effort they will put forth in the face of obstacles. The Nurse-Family Partnership intervention has maximum effect when nurses are able to interact with women and their families in ways that promote responsiveness, emotional connection, and confidence in their ability to succeed in achieving their goals. In addition, facilitating families' efforts to improve their environment and expand their support network will provide them a healthier world in which to live and thrive.
 
The domains are subject areas covered with mothers by Nurse Home Visitors and guide the nurse's comprehensive assessment during each home visit. The six domains cover Personal Health, Environmental Health, Life Course Development, Maternal Role, Family and Friends and Health and Human Services:
 
Personal Health addresses clients' health maintenance practices, nutrition and exercise, substance use involving cigarettes, alcohol or illicit drugs, and mental health functioning;
 
Environmental Health addresses adequacy of home, work, school and neighborhood settings for maternal and infant health;
 
Life Course Development focuses on clients' goals related to childbirth planning, completion of their education and finding employment;
 
Maternal Role addresses clients' acceptance of the maternal role and their acquisition of the knowledge and skills needed to promote the health and development of infants and toddlers;
 
Family and Friends focuses on helping clients deal with relationship issues and enhance support for their own goals and management of child care;
 
Health and Human Services addresses linking families with community services for which current family resources are not adequate.
 
Spend the majority of the time using the nursing process and other theoretical underpinnings, and the Nurse-Family Partnership Visit Guidelines to encourage the client to make behavioral and /or perceptual changes that affect their lives and their families.
 
The additional time 25%, will be duties and follow-up as assigned.

How to Apply

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Special Instructions and Additional Information to Applicants:All applications for this position must be submitted directly via our online application system at https://www.schooljobs.com/careers/halifaxcc.

Applications submitted through third party sites will not be accepted. Application packets for employment must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date. If multiple applications are submitted to an individual posting, only the most recent application received prior to the posting close date will be accepted. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of state applications. "See Attached Resume", etc. will result in an incomplete application. Resumes, cover letters, and all transcripts listed on application must be uploaded with your application.To receive credit, all relevant experience must be included in the work history section of the application. Any information omitted from the application but included in the resume will not be considered for qualifying credit. Persons eligible for Veteran's Preference must submit a copy of Form DD-214.

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