Registered Nurse - P/T for WIC Program
Under the supervision of the Program Director, this position will assist in the administration of the WIC Program, part-time position - 16 hours per week.
WIC program coordination will include nutrition assessment and subsequent education/counseling of pregnant, lactating, postpartum women, infants and children under 5 (five) years of age. Responsible for planning, directing, supervising and evaluating the delivery of WIC Program services.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Responsible for assisting in WIC program.
- Responsible for working closely with medical providers and utilizing AHSFHC resources to assure comprehensive and coordinated care.
- Provides direct, professional nursing care to a specified population of patients in an outpatient setting.
- Prepares equipment and assists physicians during examinations and treatments.
- Performs evaluations of new and existing patients to determine priority and suitability of treatment and/or need for modifications.
- Administers prescribed medications, applies sterile dressings, performs phlebotomy, and monitors vital signs.
- May perform specialized nursing procedures related to the unique needs of patient population.
- Assist in administering targeted health education initiative for health center patients.
- May oversee and guide the work of other nursing, IBCCP and WIC support staff.
- Maintain patient files and electronic records of patient care in a confidential manner. Charts pertinent information on participants after assessment and counseling.
- Coordinate outreach activities as needed.
- Ability to provide health education on specific topics including but not limited to diabetes, hypertension, cancer, immunization etc.
- Identifies nutritional status of each participant of WIC Program by obtaining subjective information from the guardian participant and objective medical information, completes Certificate of Eligibility on all participants.
- Counsels participants in response to their nutritional needs, to motivate positive changes in behavior which will affect their nutritional status and possibly prevent future medical problems.
- Develops/teaches classes to participants, meeting the Nutrition Education objectives developed to meet the needs of the target population.
- Establishes methods of evaluating achievement of nutrition education objectives.
- Develops/implements nutrition in-services for the staff, enabling other WIC and support staff to teach nutrition education classes and counsel participants.
- Collects pamphlets and audio-visual materials for assistance in the education component of the WIC Program. Assemble appropriate nutrition education materials in English, Spanish and necessary Asian languages.
- Identifies/develops relationships with key agencies in the Chicago area that will foster and assist with the nutrition component of the WIC Program.
- Write reports required for WIC program and other health programs. Create/maintain a method of communicating program changes, nutrition information and community referrals.
- Attends staff meetings, as scheduled.
- Print coupons or oversees printing of WIC coupons in the absence of WIC clerk.
- Performs other related duties as assigned by supervisor.
1. Graduate of a nationally accredited Nursing program; two years of experience as a Registered Nurse is preferred.
2. State of Illinois Licensed Registered Nurse or licensure pending as documented by temporary licensure or current RN licensure from a state participating in the "multistate privilege to practice" compact with Illinois
3. Qualified candidates must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited nutrition program, current ADA registration, IL licensure/eligibility preferred, proficiency in nutritional assessments and nutritional education for complex medical conditions, pre and postnatal nutritional needs, strong oral and written communication skills, and strong computer skills. Preferred candidates would also have CNSD or other advanced certification.
4. Knowledge of principles and practices of modern nutrition elements of food value, costs and budgeting; nutritional aspects of storing and preparing foods properly, interpretation and implementation of special diets, scopes functions and responsibilities of local health departments.
5. Bilingual in one Asian language is preferred
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
- Ability to plan nutritional programs and coordinate them with other departments’ programs.
- Excellent teaching and communication skills.
- Experience and demonstrated abilities for working in a multi-cultural setting.
- A strong commitment to the mission of AHS Family Health Center.
- Ability to organize and prioritize work appropriately.
- Knowledge of nursing theory and practice.
- Ability to plan, implement, and evaluate individual patient care programs.
- Knowledge of patient evaluation and triage procedures.
- Skills in preparing and maintaining patient records.
- Knowledge of clinical and/or surgical instruments, and equipment.
- Ability to make administrative and procedural decisions and judgments on sensitive, confidential issues.
- Knowledge of clinical operations and procedures.
- Knowledge of accreditation and certification requirements and standards.
- Knowledge of appropriate procedures and standards for the administration of medications and patient care aids.
- Ability to draw intravenous and peripheral blood.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT:
- Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.
· Sitting, standing, bending, or walking for extended periods of time. 16 hours per week.
· Respond and react immediately to verbal instructions/requests and to auditory signals from equipment and personnel.
- Physically close and distance visual activities involving objects, persons, and paperwork, as well as discriminate depth and color perception.
- Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, using appropriate grammar, vocabulary, word usage, and interpersonal skills.
- Typing and computer skills needed to perform essential job functions and to communicate with personnel.
- Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard, mouse, and other computer components.