SUMMARY: The Registered Nurse will visit families after discharge from the hospital to provide postnatal and breastfeeding support. The Nurse will engage families, conduct maternal and newborn assessments, and provide parent education in the areas of postnatal care, breastfeeding, parent-infant attachment, home safety and other maternal and child health related topics. The nurse will also identify client strengths, needs barriers, and risks and connect families to community resources.
- Works closely with the other Welcome Baby Nurses, Parent Coaches, Clinical Supervisor, Project Director, and other staff to provide a continuum of services.
- Conducts home visits with postpartum clients within approximately one week of hospital discharge (and is offered to both mothers who are discharged with their newborn as well as to mothers whose newborn is still hospitalized).
- Conducts a maternal assessment of the client for postpartum recovery and signs and symptoms of postpartum complications.
- Observe and evaluate breastfeeding and provide consultation and encouragement.
- Work with the family to ensure safety and security of the new mother and infant.
- Discuss infant behavioral cues, sleep position, safety, and parents’ concerns.
- Provide a PHQ-2 screen for depression.
- 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.
- Assess infant feeding and provide assistance and support as needed.
- Observe parent-infant interaction and infant behavior.
- Remind parents of scheduling appointments with the baby’s pediatrician.
- Remind mother of scheduling appointment for her postpartum visit and discuss family planning.
- Observe maternal postpartum recovery.
- Provide parents with information about additional community based resources.
- 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 including a medical home.
- Follows-up on critical postpartum complications with mother that are identified during the visit for either mom and/or baby.
- Provides education to parents on maternal and infant health, breastfeeding, parenting, attachment, home safety, family planning, child development and other related topics using a client-centered approach.
- Models and promotes practices that enhance social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development of infants and children.
- Works collaboratively as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
- Maintains complete, accurate records and files reports in a timely manner.
- Works closely with hospital liaisons to ensure that referrals to Welcome Baby are seamless and timely.
- Attends and participates in all staff meetings, bi-monthly group reflective supervision, and weekly individual reflective supervision with Clinical Supervisor.
- Attends and completes all required trainings, including successful completion of CLE training.
- Maintains professional boundaries with clients.
- Other duties as assigned.
Education/ Experience/ Skills Required
- BSN RN with Public Health Nurse (PHN) certification or BSN RN currently pursuing a PHN and will complete within one year of hire.
- Minimum one year experience working in the area of Maternal-Child Health and/or newborn services with strong maternal and newborn clinical assessment skills.
- Must complete Certification Lactation Educator (CLE) training within six months of hire, or Certified Lactation Consultant (CLC) or International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC/RLC).
- Must complete program training requirements within one year of hire.
- At least 6 months experience conducting home visits to families.
- Knowledge of normal fetal, infant, and toddler development; prenatal and child health requirements; and early childhood education best practices.
- Familiarity with the effects of depression, perinatal depression, domestic violence, and parental alcohol and/other drug abuse on family health, parenting, child development and general functioning.
- Ability to conduct strength-based family assessment across a broad spectrum of areas using a validated, standardized tool administered in the prescribed manner.
- Empathy, warmth, and the ability to establish ongoing supportive relationships with families from diverse backgrounds.
- Experience working with families from diverse age, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.
- Skill in writing to articulate concepts and ideas in notes and reports.
- Effective organization and time management skills and the ability to maintain accurate and complete records.
- Ability to meet regularly with supervisor to develop a reflective practice and continuously assess their clinical nursing skills and identify areas that need special attention.
Bilingual/Spanish required; maintain California license as registered nurse; general computer skills including MS Word; TB clearance, to be renewed every two years; Satisfactory Driving Record, Automobile, and Valid Automobile Liability Insurance required.
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