217-089 Public Health Nurse

St. Vrain Hub

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Job Description

Mental Health Partners offers a diverse, quality work environment, competitive salary, and a comprehensive benefit package

MHP application and background check required

Must be at least 21 years of age with a valid CO Driver’s License and a safe driving record

If selected as a provider for this clinical service position, you will be required to provide proof of education and transcripts (and proof of licensure, if applicable) and pass all required background checks prior to hire.   You will also be required to complete MHP’s credentialing process and attend new hire orientation/training before you will be able to begin work.

Purpose: 

The Public Health Nurse will provide home visitation nursing services, in collaboration with Therapists, to high-risk families and their infants in the innovative, evidence-based Community Infant Program (CIP).  The Public Health Nurse will triage and collaborate with outside healthcare providers and Mental Health Partners staff.  This position is guided by public health nursing standards of practice. * All services will remain true to the MHP Guiding Principles and PSR Service Delivery Guidelines. 

*Public health nursing standards include:  Public Health Nursing Scope and Standards (American Nurses Association, 2007; under revision, Public Health Nursing Competencies (Quad Council on Public Health Nursing), and the Maternal and Child Health Leadership Competencies. 

Job Summary: 

The Public Health Nurse position promotes healthy parent/infant attachment, strengthens family capacity for safe and nurturing parenting, and supports optimal growth and development of infants.  The position also provides linkages to other community resources to support family goals and collaborates extensively with other community partners (e.g. Community Health Centers, Housing and Human Services, Imagine, etc.).

Essential Functions:

  • Provides ongoing assessment of the health status of infants and family members
  • Provides assessment of parent-infant attachment, regulation, and parenting routines
  • Conducts health teaching and counseling regarding growth and development, infant feeding, safety, stimulation, and other relevant child care issues
  • Monitors infant growth through routine developmental assessment including: weight checks, developmental screenings, and referrals for more specialized services
  • Provides case management services to families; coordinates and collaborates with other programs and service providers
  • Links families with appropriate resources within the community
  • Works collaboratively with all relevant community partners
  • Effectively teams with CIP Parent Infant Specialists to optimize family services
  • Maintains thorough, accurate and timely documentation of the provision of services, assessments, evaluations, and progress toward the completion of client’s/family’s goals consistent with clinical and administrative policies and procedures
  • Provides nursing consultation, guidance and direction to clinical staff and volunteers
  • Participates in team meetings and client groups
  • Meets defined individual and department goals, activity metrics and Key Performance Indicators
  • Promotes, supports and demonstrates MHP’s mission, vision and values through both behavior and job performance and adheres to policies, procedures, Compliance Plan and Standards of Conduct on a day to day basis
  • Effectively interacts and communicates with other MHP staff/clients/customers/partners/etc.
  • Regular and consistent attendance is required to perform other essential functions of the job
  • Other duties as assigned

Specialized Duties: 

  • May participate in Mindful Parenting classes for parents and infants enrolled in CIP

Skills & Requirements

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be RN licensed to practice in Colorado with 1 year relevant public health and/or Maternal and Child Health nursing experience and have one of the following degrees or degree combinations:
  • BSN, OR
  • Certified Nurse Midwife, OR
  • Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) and Nurse Practitioner degree, 
  • Must have reliable vehicle and willingness to travel from site to site.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age with a Colorado’s Driver’s License and a safe driving record
  • Bilingual desired

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Excellent customer service skills, including telephone skills
  • Experience using motivational interviewing strategies, and psychosocial education
  • Proficient computer skills required, including Microsoft Office products and ability to learn additional tools as needed
  • Ability to sufficiently use electronic medical record
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of community resources and ability to make appropriate referrals 
  • Self-directed and able to work independently using sound judgment
  • Current CPR card required
  • Must have reliable vehicle and willingness to travel from site to site. Must have current Colorado Driver’s License and a safe driving record
  • Advanced computer skills including use of electronic health record and MS Office products and the ability to learn new tools as needed
  • Bicultural/Bilingual (Spanish) preferred

Working Environment

  • Requires home visits
  • This position requires extensive traveling, as services are provided in the home setting
  • May include working with people in acute distress or crisis
  • Exposure to bodily fluids
  • General office environment
  • Must be able to work in a shared office space with frequent interruptions
  • May include working with people in acute distress or crisis
  • May require travel to several MHP sites throughout Boulder and Broomfield counties to attend meetings

Physical Activities/Equipment Usage

  • Physical activities consistent with travel to/from various sites
  • Sitting or standing for long periods of time