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Date: Oct 16, 2020

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Requisition No: 252621 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: NURSING PROGRAM SPECIALIST - 64000107

Position Number: 64000107 

Salary:  $54,175.16 

Posting Closing Date: 10/27/2020 

Open Competitive Opportunity

**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**


Duties and Responsibilities

This is a Healthy Start/Healthy Beginnings Nursing Program Specialist position providing in-home health education, support and case management, to improve pregnancy outcomes, child health and development and parental life course to a culturally diverse population of pregnant women or families with newborns in Palm Beach County. Works under the direct supervision of a Senior Community Health Nursing Supervisor.  Requires independent judgment, initiative, applying general knowledge of business practices and skill in applying instructions to accomplish various job functions.  This is a designated Telework position. Travel throughout Palm Beach County is required in order to perform the duties of this position.  Adherence to all established Florida Department of Health Safety Procedures and Practices while in the workplace and in the community.


This position is designated as a sensitive position and requires maintaining confidential information in accordance with the Palm Beach County Health Department (CHD) and Children’s Services Council Information Security Policy, Protocols and Procedures.  Confidential data sets: Has access to include Clinical Information, Health Management System (HMS)-Employee Activities Record (EARS), Florida Shots, Healthy Start Clinic Information and Healthy Beginnings Data System (HBDS) for the purpose of entering and reviewing client data to view, update or release client information and uses an electronic medical record database. 


Conducts home visits providing curriculum-based health education services to pregnant women and families with newborns in accordance with the Health Start Pathway and the Healthy Start Standards and Guidelines.  Initiates the planning and implementation of education and needed services for individual clients and their families. Completes required Healthy Start Pathway Assessments and Educational Models. Utilizes nursing processes and clinical expertise, reports concern to the client's health care provider when indicated. Individualizes approaches used during client encounters to meet the unique needs of each family by engaging families as full partners in their own and their children’s development.  Assesses client-learning styles and modifies teaching methods to meet individual needs. Builds families self-esteem by drawing on their cultural strengths to foster positive family interactions.  Engages families to assess their own needs and strengths to develop and reach realistic and achievable long- and short-term goals.  Builds and maintains therapeutic long-term relationships with families while maintaining professional boundaries.  Strengthens the parent-child relationship by helping families engage with their children through daily routine experiences in the home and community.


Provides case management services during home visits or on behalf of program participants. Communicates with Healthy Beginnings System Partner Agencies and Health-Care Professionals to assure a coordinated approach to the care of the mother, child and family.  Identifies community resources, makes referrals and links families with appropriate services as needed.  Documents the provision of all client services: activity codes, progress notes, assessments, screenings, family support plans, referrals, immunizations, medical appointments, and other activities in the Health Beginnings Data System in accordance with the Healthy Start Standards and Guidelines and Children’s Services Council Grant 618 requirements.


Participates in interdisciplinary team case conferences, reflective practice group sessions, individual reflective supervision, team meetings, agency meetings, and community/committee meetings. Completes mandatory trainings, daily activity logs, home visit forms, weekly client visit and assessment schedules, and monthly reports. Submits Statewide Travel Management System (STMS) travel authorizations and reimbursements.


Perform other related duties as assigned.


Knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position:

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

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

Possess good listening skills.

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.

Ability to learn and develop competencies in reflective practice and trauma-informed care.

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.


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

This occupation requires licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse in accordance with Chapter 464 Florida Statutes and in accordance with Rule 64B9, Florida Administrative Code.


Other job-related requirements for this position:

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 performing other emergency duties including, but not limited to, responses to or threats involving any disaster or threat of disaster, man-made or natural.

Valid Driver’s License.

Out of state and/or out-of-county travel may be required for mandatory trainings and continued education. Expenses will be reimbursed on a per mileage basis. 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.

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 AM to 5:00 PM (B) Total hours in workweek 40 (C) Explain any variation in work (split shift, rotation, etc.) This position 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.



This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit. Any misrepresentations or omissions will disqualify you from employment consideration.

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