Join a world-class academic healthcare system, UChicago Medicine, as a Nursing Supervisor for our Family Connects Program.
The Family Connects model is an evidence-based and successfully demonstrated program that connects parents of newborns to the community resources they need through postpartum nurse home visits. The model was developed in 2008 through a partnership with Duke University, the Center for Child & Family Health (CCFH), and the Durham County Health Department. As a community-based program, Family Connects supports new parents in caring for their newborn(s), offers physical assessments of the mother and the baby, addresses questions about caring for the
newborn(s), identifies parents' needs, and helps to identify community services or resources that can meet those needs. In addition, through this connection to resources, Family Connects helps to identify gaps in critical community-wide resources with the goal of working toward increasing needed services locally.
The Nursing Supervisor manages the nursing staff who provide home visits to families with newborns, as well as the administrative staff who support the program. The goal of Family Connects home visits is to support and assess family needs in 12 domains of physical and psychosocial well-being and facilitate referrals and connections to community agencies to support families in these areas. The Director will direct the team of clinical and non-clinical staff in order to schedule, visit, and support families in the community using the evidence-based Family Connects home visiting protocol. Ability to communicate effectively with others is essential. Experience in maternal/child health, home visiting, and/or lactation education preferred. Proficiency in Spanish desired.
Essential Job Functions:
- Become fully trained in the Family Connects home visiting protocol as stated in the current program implementation manual. This will initially include trips to Durham for observations, training, and “certification.”
- Assist in training and evaluating new staff in the Family Connects model, being responsible for certification and fidelity of all staff to the protocol.
- Track visiting rates and nurses' fidelity to the home visiting protocol through the use of computer-generated reports and dyadic supervisory home visits. CDPH and hospital supervisors- Using individual KPI and other reports to monitor fidelity and lead conversations around performance as it relates to delivering the model to fidelity. Hospital supervisor will review data with hospital home visitors and provide feedback from these meetings with CDPH. Hospital supervisors will complete the quarterly fidelity for each hospital home visitor. CDPH will complete the quarterly fidelity for hospital home visitor.
- Provide group/peer and reflective supervision to program clinical staff. Hospital supervisor leads group and 1:1 for hospital home visitors. CDPH supports hospital supervisor on the preparation for group and 1:1 session as needed. CDPH leads 1:1 with hospital supervisors and eventually group sessions with hospital supervisors from all hospitals that the CDPH supervisor covers.
- Communicate regularly with county health directors and other local partners with updates on the progress of the program.
- Coordinate assignments to the nurses to provide home visiting service to the target region.
- Coordinate staff meetings for case review and in-service training.
- Supervise nursing and non-clinical support staff in all program functions. The supervisor will also perform home visits.
- Help establish a parent recruitment protocol utilizing non-clinical program support workers. These efforts may include visiting prenatal care clinics, doctors' offices, and birthing hospitals and/or making calls based on birth records.
- Be open and flexible in establishing a new program with many unknowns in a new community with infrastructure challenges.
- B.S. degree in nursing with current state license. MSN, MPH, or other advanced degree preferred but not required.
- Minimum 5 years clinical experience, including supervision and management expertise.
- Must have and maintain current IL RN Licensure
- Must maintain current CPR certification.
- Must have a valid driver's license and an automobile for use in making home visits.
- Ability to direct a team with clinical and non-clinical staff.
- Ability to work with culturally diverse populations.
- Ability to move or lift at least fifty pounds.
- Ability to work with Family Connects staff to implement practice improvement and clinical development plans.
- Ability to manage a flexible yet demanding schedule. Provide a high level of customer service with attention to customer satisfaction.
- Proficient and comfortable using laptops as part of in-home assessment and intervention.
- Understanding and commitment to a universal home visiting program as a public-health intervention for newborns and their mothers.
- Preferred skills include (a) Spanish language proficiency, (b) clinical experience related to domestic violence, substance abuse and/or depression, (c) one or more years of experience in child/maternal health, social work, or other related field, and (e) Certified Lactation Educator or Consultant.
- Job Type/FTE: Full Time (1.0 FTE)
- Shift: Days- 8 hours
- Unit/Department: Nursing Perinatal Admin
- CBA Code: Non-Union
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