Nurse Home Visitor - Edgecombe, Halifax, Hertford, Nash and Northampton Counties

Nurse Home Visitor - Edgecombe, Halifax, Hertford, Nash and Northampton Counties

Employer

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

Job Location

Edgecombe, Halifax, Hertford, Nash and Northampton Counties

Salary/Grade

Commensurate with experience

Benefits

State of NC

Job Category

  • Professional

Application Period

Opens: Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Closes: Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Target Start Date

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Expected Work Hours

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Reports to

Nurse Family Partnership Supervisor

Employment Type

Full-Time

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing is preferred. Associate’s Degree in Nursing will be accepted with experience and/or currently or planning to seek further education in order to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. One year of public health nursing experience preferred but is not required.

Valid Driver’s license
Current, active, non-restricted nursing license in North Carolina or Compact State

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing is preferred. Associate’s Degree in Nursing will be accepted with experience and/or currently or planning to seek further education in order to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. One year of public health nursing experience preferred but is not required.

Valid Driver’s license
Current, active, non-restricted nursing license in North Carolina or Compact State

Position Description

Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is an evidence-based, nurse home visiting program that improves the health, well-being and self-sufficiency of low-income, first-time parents and their children. The Nurse-Family Partnership National Service Office, located in Denver, Colorado is a nonprofit organization that provides service to communities in implementing and sustaining this program Halifax Community College will provide guidance and oversight for the NFP Program in Edgecombe, Halifax, Hertford, Nash and Northampton Counties.
Nurse Home Visitors will spend a minimum of 75% of their time in the following roles:

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 well-being 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.

25%

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 womens 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.

OTHER POSITION CHARACTERISTICS:
Accuracy Required in Work:

Accurate collection and sharing of information are critical to common indicators of maternal, child, and family functioning. Objectives for the Nurse-Family Partnership are tracked and monitored through the Clinical Information System (CIS). The CIS generated reports may be indicative of adherence to the program fidelity and reflect accuracy of the required work.

Consequence of Error:
Employees’ work and decision-making could have a substantial impact on the client population served, especially since this nurse may be the only health professional to encounter clients in the field when providing advanced nursing services. Instructions Provided to Employee:

Daily and weekly work is self-planned. The agency goals and patient care goals are understood. Nurses will frequently have to make short-range plans and changes to meet client and program needs.

Guides, Regulations, Policies and References Used by Employee:

Public health nursing standards, Nurse-Family Partnership Visit Guidelines, Nursing Child Assessment Satellite Training, Partners in Parenting Education and agency work standards and protocols are understood and apply to most work situations. Work requires more independent judgment in applying the professional standards and guidelines.

Supervision Received by Employee:

Work is reviewed periodically for adherence to established public health nursing standards by a nurse supervisor through review of written reports and oral conferences.

Variety and Purpose of Personal Contacts:

Employees have contact with low-income first-time expectant mothers, their children, other family members in their home who may not be familiar with public health standards and programs, and with other disciplines and community leaders. Other disciplines that employees will have contact with include physicians, social service providers, community members and stakeholders with a stake in the physical and psycho social well being of the client. Work requires that employees collaborate with, encourage, motivate, and influence clients to cooperate with the agency, physician, and care plans. The collaboration is critical to coordination of services, the client’s well-being and to the plan of care. The coordination involves the nurses linking families with community services which include but is not limited to emergency services (food bank, transportation, shelter), mental health services, sources of and payment for healthcare needs, WIC, etc., for which current family resources are not
adequate. Work involves motivational interviewing, reflection, and coaching.

Physical Effort:

Physical effort includes but is not limited to carrying supplies, walking, standing, driving, sitting, listening, visual and talking.

Work Environment and Conditions:

Work occurs primarily in the client’s home. A high stress level is inherent in this position due to the nature and complexity of poverty and other psychosocial factors that influence families. Employees will have exposure to hazards in the field (driving, rural or inner city settings, inclement weather, unsafe neighborhoods, criminal activity and clients).

Machines, Tools, Instruments, Equipment, and Materials Used:

Blood Pressure cuffs, Equipment bag, Stethoscope, Thermometer and disposable sleeves, disposable measuring tape, Pregnancy Calculator, carrier for client charts, computer, cell phone, etc.

Visual Attention, Mental Concentration, and Manipulative Skills:

Ability to accurately interpret visual cues, utilize psychological and emotional competence to manage and efficiently and effectively implement the Nurse Family Partnership program with fidelity.

Dynamics of Work:
Nurse Home Visitors’ work is impacted by a variety of direct and indirect relationships that shape the environment in which they work. Direct relationships include those with supervisors, administrators, other supporting agency departments, NFP referral sources, and community agencies that provide services to program participants. Indirect relationships include agency executives not directly involved in the program; funders; other community home visitation programs; and community opinion leaders.

II. KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES:

Considerable knowledge of and skill in the application of nursing theory, practices, principles, and techniques employed in the field of public health and related programs; considerable knowledge of and ability to apply the principles and practices of public health; considerable knowledge of available resources and organizations and the ability to coordinate these as needed; general knowledge of current social and economic problems relating to public health. Ability to plan, coordinate, and execute Nurse-Family Partnership Guidelines; ability to deal tactfully with others and to exercise good judgment in appraising situations and making decisions; ability to secure the cooperation of clients, to elicit needed information, and to maintain effective working relationships; ability to record accurately services rendered and to
interpret and explain records, reports, and medical instructions.

 

How to Apply

MUST READ 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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