Responsible for health care interventions, including assessing and responding to preventive care maintenance needs of new and potential placements within the Agency. The work includes case management and reviews, health teaching/counseling, referrals and medical care supportive of life and the emotional well-being of child/ren. The incumbent helps define short and long term needs, set goals for children and families, provide education and training to staff and/or foster parents, and serves as advocate to ensure safety and well-being at all times. Works closely with LPN Health Coordinators, offering professional support as needed. Substitute temporarily for other Health Coordinators who may be absent. Work is performed under the supervision of the Director of Integrative Health Service.
Assesses short and long-term health/mental health needs of the child in residential and/or foster care’ observes deviations from optimum health’ makes accurate diagnoses using bio-physical and psycho-social scientific principles and methods’ intervenes with a treatment program appropriate to the needs of each child/family.
Initiates a plan of preventive health care maintenance for all children as assigned; identifies children that require specialized health care and follow-up; performs preventive health care maintenance activities, e.g. physical assessment, vital signs; using standard acceptable physical assessment techniques’ teach hygiene care and other health and medical care procedures to child and family.
Implements health care interventions which increase the likelihood of achieving or restoring optimum health for children’ identifies immediate health and medical needs of child and foster parents’ compiles and analyzes all relevant data, e.g. medical history of child and family, birth and prenatal histories, assessment results, etc.; assists child/family in developing skills to cope with health conditions.
Provides direct nursing care for children with medical and/or “high risk” conditions; identifies and interprets signs, symptoms, abnormalities in lab test results that require notification and/or intervention of a physician; communicates vital information about medications and treatments utilized in pediatric care; advises and responds to routine health complaints of children and families.
Implements nursing process, including early problem identification, interdisciplinary collaboration, assessment and planning for on-going nursing care; follows up to ensure continuity of care’ attends Family Team Conferences (FTC) as necessary; review and follow up on all medical reports from the Intake process.
Supports the transition of children into and out of care/placement; assesses child’s physical/emotional reaction to care and the environment; schedules and conducts home visits, case contact visits and face-to-face counseling and physical assessment sessions, as needed; provides emotional support related to medical problems, separation, attachment and loss.
Provides supervision for staff, when necessary; initiates care plans; monitors implementation of service plans; tracks progress of completing assignments; participates in supervisory sessions; takes measures to ensure the appropriateness and quality of direct health care.
Advocates for appropriate resources and medical services required by children and families, including education, training, health, mental health, and related services; refers child and foster parents for health related services, when necessary; acts as liaison between health providers and Agency.
Informs the child/family of their rights and entitlements; expedites access to entitlements and serves as advocate for child and family; observes all rights, including those of confidentiality and privacy.
Promptly addresses safety/protection needs of the child; monitors the child’s environment to ensure that safety and developmental needs are met; promptly investigates and reports observations and/or reports of reasonably suspicious circumstances suggestive of neglect, abuse or exploitation – using standard risk assessment guidelines and procedures and takes measures to conduct thorough assessment to minimize risks.
Regularly self-audits medical records and activities; monitors medical recommendation and appointments or compliance; completes initial health assessment and orientation for each new placement; responds to sick and emergency calls and performs the appropriate follow up, completes required reports, EGS-3s, 853 D, Safety/Risk Alert, Change in FH Circumstance; takes measures to ensure that all health care activities, progress reports are documented, accurate, and updated, consistent with regulatory, city and state mandates and quality standards.
Participates as a responsible member of the interdisciplinary team; maintains positive relationships with the Edwin Gould Constituency, e.g. children, families, governing agencies, colleagues, and service providers; actively participates in staff/supervisory skill development meetings and Agency health care projects.
Participates in providing emergency care, when necessary and in providing 24 hour on-call support.
Performs related or similar duties as required or assigned.
License - BCLS Certified
Working knowledge of compliance and quality standards, as mandated ty City and State
Professional/Clinical competence in the practice of nursing.
Phlebotomy certification is a plus
Clinical competence to perform assessments accompanied by a nursing diagnosis.
Excellent interpersonal, relationship, oral and written skills.
Good planning and priority-setting skills.
The ability to relate effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles.
Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel.
Physical Requirements and Work Environment Demands
Must be available and willing to travel to homes, residential facilities and other required locations with such frequency as deemed necessary by EGSCF to address family and Agency needs – using public transportation.
Must be willing and able to lift up to thirty (30) pounds during the course of work.
Work requires evening and weekend hours, when necessary to meet ACS mandates.
Requires the ability to perceive objects/persons by the eye with clarity of vision of twenty (20) inches or less at distances up to twenty (20) feet.
Give and receive information through speaking and listening skills.
Must not pose a direct threat or significant risk of substantial harm to the safety or health of self or others.
Must comply with all public safety laws and Agency policies and report safety violations to appropriate supervisory personnel.