Community Health Nurse Ii

Thurston County
Full Time $6,074 - $8,079 Per year WA 412 Lilly Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98506, United States
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Overview

**The closing date for this employment opportunity has changed and will remain open until filled. Thurston County reserves the right to close the recruitment at any time.***
Would you like to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable babies, mothers, and families? If yes, we would like to meet you!

Thurston County Public Health and Social Services (PHSS) is looking

for

two (2)

compassionate

 Community Health Nurses

who wants to partner with parents to help them become great parents! 


As a

Community Health Nurse II

, you work as part of the Nurse Family Partnership program delivering services to families within Thurston County. Our Community Health Nurse II

positions work in the Maternal Child Health division of Thurston County Public Health and Social Services and are part of our fantastic Nurse Family Partnership team that

delivers services to the families in our communities. We are currently accepting applications for both bilingual and non-bilingual candidates.


Carrying a caseload of 25 active clients, you are responsible for independently conducting frequent home visits to build strong partnerships with families in accordance with program goals, objectives, and visit guidelines of the Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) model. You will collaborate and work as part of a team to promote the health of families and develop and maintain community relationships to support client referrals. Our goal is that all children are healthy, families thrive, communities prosper, and the cycle of poverty is broken.

For more information about the Nurse Family Partnership Program, click .
 
Essential functions may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Assess physical, emotional, social, and environmental needs of women and their families as they relate to the NFP domains.
  • Formulate nursing diagnosis based on nursing assessment and client goals.
  • Assist women and their families in establishing goals and outcomes.
  • Provide education, support, and referral resources to assist women and their families in attaining their targeted goals.
  • Consult and collaborate with other professionals involved in providing services to women and families.
  • Plan home visits and evaluate client progress toward stated goals and NFP outcomes.
  • Actively engage in professional development to meet all NFP Nurse Home Visitor competency requirements.
  • Meet with NFP Nurse Supervisor weekly for clinical supervision, utilizing reflective practice in supervisory sessions.
  • Schedule joint home visits with NFP Nurse Supervisor every four months.
  • Attend and participate in bi-weekly case conferences and bi-weekly team meetings.
  • Provide information to support staff for timely and accurate data input.
  • Participate in review and analysis of reports for achievements, areas for Improvement and quality improvement efforts.
  • Document appropriately and maintain confidentiality.
  • Perform other work as required or assigned including but not limited to a 24/7 response during public health emergency situations and disease outbreak investigations.
The most successful candidates will have:
  • Knowledge of theory, principles, and practices of public health nursing, psychology, pharmacology, and sociology.
  • Ability to develop therapeutic relationships and utilize concepts of reflection and motivational interviewing with women and their families in a home visiting environment.
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong partnerships with healthcare providers and other community partners.
  • Ability to collect, evaluate, and utilize data to identify barriers and develop strategies in reaching desirable outcomes.
  • Ability to effectively present data/information to policy makers, community partners, and community members.
  • Strong understanding of the importance of using a holistic system approach when addressing barriers to healthcare within the community.
What we offer our employees:
  • Work-Life Balance: We are committed to ensuring that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individual’s lifestyle.
  • Plan for Your Future: As a member of our team, you enjoy great employee benefits, including a retirement plan, pre-tax savings accounts, as well as comprehensive health care and dental/vision care for you and your family. Please visit our website for more information. 
  • Paid Leave: Full-time regular employees earn a minimum of 12 paid vacation days per year in addition to 11 paid . 
  • Robust Training Program: Employees are encouraged to attend County-paid training to help them further their career, learn new skill sets, and stay on top of emerging trends in our industry. We also encourage staff to participate in professional organizations and attend conferences.  
  • Flexible Work Schedules: Options some employees may take advantage of include alternative or compressed schedules and/or remote working.
  • See under Benefitslater in this job description for detailed information about the many other benefits the County offers.
Why you’ll love it here
Thurston County is located between Seattle and Portland in Western Washington’s South Puget Sound Region. Perched between the mountains and the ocean, the area boasts the perfect blend of year-round outdoor activities including boating, hiking, skiing, and more. The region is also home to the state capital city of Olympia, known for its many restaurants, microbreweries, coffee shops, farmers markets, kids’ activities, history, and art events. Discover more about life in Thurston County at.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing with coursework in community or public nursing. Completion of a BSN program within six (6) months of hire may be considered.
  • Two (2) years of experience as a community health nurse or relevant experience in a hospital, medical clinic, public health, or related service. Any equivalent combination of experience and education that provides the applicant with the desired knowledge, skills, and ability required to perform the work will be considered.
  • Currently licensed as a Washington State Registered Nurse.
  • Depending on work assignment, a valid Washington State Driver’s License or an appropriate accommodation, may be required.

Desired Skills

Respect and Organizational Culture

  • Create an environment where employees and partners can safely express needs or concerns and where employees can make and correct mistakes.
  • Effectively interact with sensitivity while working with persons from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, educational, racial, ethnic, and professional backgrounds, and persons of all ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, and lifestyles.
  • Thrive in a fast-paced, robust organization maintaining a positive work environment.
Communication
  • Serve the public in a timely, complete, accurate, and professional manner, while ensuring that written and verbal communication is clearly understood by others.
  • Maintain cultural competency to support diverse perspectives in developing, implementing, and evaluating policies, programs, and services that affect the health of the community.
  • Strong oral communication for networking and interpersonal relationship
  • Excellent written communication including the ability to craft correspondence, reports, and articles or web postings with minimal grammatical and syntax errors.
Goal Setting and Accomplishment
  • Use strategic thinking and planning for goal setting and evaluation.
  • Effectively plan, organize, and manage competing priorities and challenges under pressure.
  • Create a sense of mission by articulating and modeling confidentiality, professional values, and ethics with honesty and integrity.
  • Operate with a high degree of flexibility, initiative, attention to detail, and commitment.
  • Delegate and use persuasion and negotiating skills for shared responsibility and acceptance of change.
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