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Date:  Jun 26, 2022


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Requisition No: 629941 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: NURSING PROGRAM SPECIALIST - 64084813

Position Number: 64084813 

Salary:  $55,726.06 (include CAD of ($2,475.20) 

Posting Closing Date: 07/06/2022 

Open Competitive Opportunity 


Specific Responsibilities:

This is a Nursing Program Specialist position in the Healthy Start/Healthy Beginnings program 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 is performed under the supervision of a Senior Community Health Nursing Supervisor.  This position 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 responsible to meet the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County grant submittal timelines for reimbursement of expenses and fiscal reporting. 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 Florida Department of Health (FDOH) 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. Reports concern to the client's health care provider as needed. 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 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.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of the theories and concepts of preventative health care.

Knowledge of nursing principles, practices and techniques in specialized areas.

Knowledge of community resources and organizations.

Skill in the application of nursing theory in specialized areas.

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;
  • Travel throughout Palm Beach County is required.
  • Out of state and/or out-of-county travel may be required for mandatory trainings and continued education.
  • 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.


Florida Department of Health Mission, Vision, and Values:


To protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county & community efforts.


To be the Healthiest State in the Nation.


nnovation: We search for creative solutions and manage resources wisely.

C ollaboration: We use teamwork to achieve common goals & solve problems.

A ccountability: We perform with integrity & respect.

R esponsiveness: We achieve our mission by serving our customers & engaging our partners.

E xcellence: We promote quality outcomes through learning & continuous performance improvement.


Where You Will Work:

800 Clematis Street

West Palm Beach, FL 33401


The Benefits of Working for the State of Florida:

Working for the State of Florida is more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package for employees features a highly competitive set of employee benefits including:

  • Annual and Sick Leave benefits;
  • Nine paid holidays and one Personal Holiday each year;
  • State Group Insurance coverage options, including health, life, dental, vision, and other supplemental insurance options;
  • Retirement plan options, including employer contributions

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  • Flexible Spending Accounts;
  • Tuition waivers;
  • And more!

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Please be advised:


Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process.  


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. Successful completion of a drug test is a condition of employment for safety-sensitive positions.


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 Exemption 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.   


Incumbents may be required to perform emergency duty before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days.


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


Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-877-562-7287). 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. 

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.  Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements.  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