Title: Welcome Baby Registered Nurse
Position Reports To: Welcome Baby RN Lead
Hours: Full-time, occasional evening and weekend work required
Salary: $38.46 per hour
Job Summary: Welcome Baby Registered Nurses (RN’s) will be responsible for visiting families at that critical first home visit after discharge from the hospital. The Welcome Baby Nurse is responsible for supporting families, conducting maternal and newborn assessments and providing parent education in the areas of postnatal care, breastfeeding, parent-infant attachment, home safety and other maternal and child health related topics. They will also help identify client strengths, needs, barriers and risks and provide community resources for those needs and provide and model empathetic support and feedback when working with new moms, babies and family members.
Key Position Responsibilities:
The ideal candidate for this position will possess a combination of skills, experience, and passion in the following areas:
- Works closely with other Welcome Baby Nurses, Parent Coaches, supervisors, and administrative staff to provide a continuum of services.
- Conducts home visits with postpartum clients within approximately one week of hospital discharge. • Develops trust and rapport with clients and provides support using an empathic and client centered approach.
- Adheres to all program guidelines, policies and protocols and actively works toward achieving the goals of the program.
- Conducts a maternal assessment of the client for postpartum recovery and signs and symptoms of postpartum complications.
- Conducts a head-to-toe examination of the newborn to ensure healthy development, appropriate weight gain and assess for signs and symptoms of possible complications, such as jaundice or dehydration.
- Assesses infant feeding and provide assistance and support as needed.
- Effectively conducts required client assessments using standardized tools for maternal depression, parent-infant attachment, social support, home safety, as well as other non-standardized client assessments.
- Refers clients to medical provider if any complications with the mother or infant are identified and provides referrals for other services as needed.
- Provides information to clients about maternal and infant health, breastfeeding, parenting, attachment, home safety, family planning, infant behavior and other related topics using a client centered approach.
- Attends and participates in all staff meetings, bi-monthly group reflective supervision, and weekly individual reflective supervision with RN Lead and/or Clinical Supervisor.
- Completes all necessary paperwork for each client in a timely and organized manner, including clear and well written progress notes.
- Support agencies policy by attending a minimum of two outreach events, beyond the mandatory and those required under the Scope of Work for Welcome Baby
- Participate in periodic Peer to Peer workshops, webinars and conference calls; and Welcome Baby and Home Visitation regional meetings.
- Complete Welcome Baby training required for RN within one year of hire.
- Complete CLE training within six months of hire.
- Other duties as assigned
- BSN RN with Public Health Nurse Certification or BSN RN currently pursuing a PHN certification and will complete within one year of hire
- At least one year of experience in maternal and/or newborn services with strong maternal and newborn clinical assessment skills.
- Certified lactation educator (CLE) or certified lactation counselor (CLC) at a minimum; or certification must be completed within six months of hire; alternately staff may be certified lactation consultant (CLC) or international board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC/RLC).
- At least six months experience conducting home visits
- Knowledge of normal fetal, infant, and toddler development; prenatal and child health requirements; and early childhood education best practices.
- Experience in making home visits to families.
- Knowledgeable about local community resources and able to refer families to appropriate agencies. • Experience working with families from diverse ages, cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
- Empathy, warmth, and the ability to establish trusting supportive relationships with an ethnically diverse population.
- Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
- Ability to conduct a strength-based family assessment across a broad spectrum of areas using a validated, standardized tool administered in the prescribed manner.
- Skill in organizing and maintaining complete, accurate records and filing reports in a timely manner. • Skill in writing to articulate concepts and ideas in notes and reports.
- Bilingual preferred, with the ability to communicate in the language(s) represented in the community to be served.
- Familiarity with the effects of domestic violence and parental alcohol and/or other drug abuse on family health, parenting, and general functioning.
- Familiarity with the effects of perinatal depression on child development, parenting, and general functioning.
- Maintain professional boundaries with clients.
- Willing to meet regularly with supervisor to develop reflective practice and continuously assess their clinical nursing skills and identify areas that need special attention.
- Maintain California license as registered nurse.
- Ability to work a flexible dayshift schedule that includes some Saturdays, Sundays, and evenings. • Must pass background check.
- TB test clearance.
- Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
- Maintain CA driver’s license.
- Must have automobile and proof of insurance.
Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:
- Primarily in off-site community centers, community events, office setting and/or via a virtual platform
- Working with overburdened, often high-risk clients of low economic and varied cultural backgrounds, living in high-risk areas
- Office, and possible community settings
- Work often performed under stressful and emotional conditions
- This position requires lifting/carrying up to 25 lbs., stooping, bending, squatting, sitting on the floor, walking, running (may be needed)