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Date: Feb 11, 2019

Location: PALM BEACH, FL, US, 33401

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Requisition No: 53756 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: NURSING PROGRAM SPECIALIST - 64000180

Position Number: 64000180 

Salary:  $54,175.16 

Posting Closing Date: 02/26/2019 


Open Competitive Opportunity 


Job Duties

This is a specialized nurse home-visitor position assigned to the Maternal Child Health Division at the Palm Beach County Health Department.  The incumbent will lead a multi-disciplinary team in the development and delivery of county-wide case management services to clients enrolled in the Healthy Beginnings System of Care: Prenatal Plus, Nurse Supporting Families Prenatal/Infants and Interconception Care.


This job encompasses working with a culturally diverse prenatal, postnatal, infant and pediatric population. The skill set requirements for this position include the ability to work autonomously, the use of critical thinking, building and maintaining therapeutic long-term relationships with families while maintaining boundaries, the ability to assess client-learning styles and adjust teaching techniques as indicated.  The incumbent has strong organizational and time management skills.  Provides services to families using a strength-based rather than a deficit-based model.  The work required to perform this job will be under the direct supervision of a Senior Community Health Nursing Supervisor.  This position is designated as a sensitive position and requires maintaining confidential information in accordance with the Department of Health and Palm Beach County Health Department information security policy, protocols and procedures.  The confidential data sets this position has access to include: Clinical Information, HMS-EARS, Efforts To Outcome (ETO), Florida Shots and Healthy Beginnings Data System (HBDS) for the purpose of entering and reviewing client data.  This position requires proficiency in data entry to view, update or release client information and uses an electronic medical record database.  Travel is required in order to perform the duties of this position and expenses will be reimbursed on a per mileage basis. Incumbent is expected to communicate by phone, in person and electronically in a courteous and professional manner at all times. Incumbent is expected to adhere to all established DOH safety procedures and practices while in the workplace and the field.  Incumbent is expected to work with others to support and accomplish the goals of the program, division and department.


Conducts home visits to provide case management and curriculum based health education services to a caseload of up to 25 pregnant women and families with newborns.  Initiates the planning and implementation of needed services for individual clients and their families.  Conducts nursing assessments for infant and toddler development and initiates referrals for those children not meeting typical developmental milestones. Assess for perinatal depression at multiple periods during client service and initiates referrals for counseling when indicated. Utilizes family-centered interventions to improve pregnancy outcomes, promote health literacy, strengthen family self-efficacy, support early childhood social-emotional development and decrease the risk of child abuse and neglect. Communicates with other health professionals and agencies to assure a coordinated approach to the care of the mother, child and family.  Utilizes nursing processes and clinical expertise to differentiate normal from abnormal client findings and reports concerns to the client’s health care provider when indicated.  Identifies community resources and links families with appropriate services as needed: including but not limited to, establishing medical home, payor source, accessing transportation, and supporting the overall development of self-sufficiency. Documents in the appropriate systems all client encounters in compliance with Department of Health protocols, Healthy Start Program Standards and Guidelines, and contractual requirements. The nurse will provide education and support to the clients in order to meet the following goals: improved pregnancy outcomes, improve child health and development and parental life course toward self-sufficiency


Telework:  This is a nursing position in a nurse home visitation program.  Travel to clients’ homes is required in order to perform the majority of duties for this position.  Documentation of services, and other activities related to nurse home visitation, is performed via telework subject to supervisor/department head approval.  Position is assigned a cell phone and a laptop computer.  The incumbent will be required to sign a detailed telework agreement.


Leads case conferences, which are comprised of an interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals. Leads reflective practice group sessions for peers utilizing Touchpoints™ principles. Participates in reflective supervision, team meetings, agency meetings, and community/committee meetings. Completes mandatory trainings, monthly reports, home visit forms and daily activity logs.


Knowledge, skills and abilities:

Knowledge of the theories and concepts of preventative health and skills in the application of nursing theory in Maternal Child Health.

Possess the ability to demonstrate respect for individuals and diversity by providing services using a non-judgmental, tolerant approach.

Possess good listening skills.

Possess the ability to engage in mutual goal setting with families by using problem solving techniques and negotiation skills in accordance with motivational interviewing and behavior change theory.

Possess the ability to learn and develop competencies in reflective practice and trauma-informed care.

Possess the ability to work autonomously and use of critical thinking;

demonstrates sufficient competency in using electronic health records, digital curriculums, digital videos clips, and Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) in order to work successfully with department processes, procedures and practices.

1-3 years post licensure experience in maternal child health nursing such as antepartum, labor and delivery, postpartum, mother/baby, neonatal intensive care, and pediatrics. 

Nursing experience in home visitation, mental/behavioral health, or a minimum of 6 months of professional case management experience is desired.


Licensure/registration/certification requirements (If applicable, list the appropriate Florida Statute or federal regulation cite): Florida Nursing License:

This occupation requires licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse in accordance with Chapter 464 Florida Statutes or eligible to practice nursing in accordance with Florida Administrative Code 64B9.


Other job-related requirements:

Incumbent may be required to work before, during and/or beyond normal work hours or days in the event of an emergency.  Emergency duty required of the incumbent includes working in special needs or Red Cross shelters, or performing other emergency duties including, but not limited to, responses to or threats involving any disaster or threat of disaster, man-made or natural.  Out of state and/or out-of-county travel may be required for mandatory trainings and continued education.  Incumbent is to successfully complete extensive educational training sessions required by the Healthy Start Coalition of Palm Beach County and the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County and provide interventions with fidelity to the Healthy Start Pathways Model in order to meet the program goals of improved pregnancy outcomes, improve child health and development, and family self-sufficiency. Valid Driver’s License.  Travel expenses will be reimbursed on a per mileage basis. This position works primarily in a community setting providing home visits and involves getting in and out of a vehicle, walking up and down stairs, and moving, lifting, pushing and carrying objects up to 25 lbs. multiple times throughout the day.  


Working hours: (A) Daily from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.  (B) Total hours in workweek 40. (C) The employee may be required to work and provide home visits before and/or beyond the normal core business hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and on weekends due to the needs of program participants.


**NOTE: Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process.  This language simply takes the place of previous language used that referenced the “State of Florida” application**


This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit.

Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check. 


Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System, (SSS), before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration from the SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website: 


If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System, (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement. 


The successful candidate will be required to complete the Form I-9 and that information will be verified using the E-Verify system. E-Verify is operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration to verify employment eligibility. 

We hire only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers.


In the event of an emergency, you will be required to perform emergency operations functions, work during and/or beyond your normal work hours or days.


Florida has the third largest population of veterans in the nation with more than 1.5 million service men and women.  The Florida Department of Health is committed to serving members of the United States Armed Forces, veterans and their families by encouraging them to apply for vacancies that fit their area of knowledge and/or expertise.  Through the Departments VALOR program, which expedites licensing for military veterans, the Department also waives initial licensing and application fees for military veterans who apply for a health care professional license within 60 months of an honorable discharge. These initiatives help ensure that the transition from military service into the workforce is as smooth as possible and reflects our appreciation for the dedication devoted to protecting our country.


The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

Nearest Major Market: Palm Beach
Nearest Secondary Market: Miami

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