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  • First Connections Community Nurse

    Posted: 01/25/2023

    Your Career Their Future!
    Our employees are our biggest asset, and we intentionally shape their work experience to support growth opportunities that will impact our services. As we continue to evolve, we’re looking for skills, experience, energy, and creativity to support our initiatives. Put simply, this will be both fun and a meaningful journey!
    Position Overview: 
    The First Connections Community Nurse will be part of a collaborative, multi-disciplinary team – consisting of nurses, social workers, and community health workers – providing short-term home-based services to at-risk families with a focus on children between the ages of 0-3, as well as those involved with child protective services. 
    Provides clinical knowledge, expertise in assessment, relationship-building skills, and knowledge of area resources to support, educate and empower families to achieve their full potential.
    Provides home-based services, which includes assessing maternal, child, and family needs, facilitating linkages between families and services and coordination of care with internal team members as well as external providers, including but not limited to pediatricians, medical homes, mental health providers, and the Department of Children, Youth and Families.
    Participates in community networking activities, task forces, and other community-based opportunities based on program and or agency needs.
    Maintains a comprehensive knowledge of –and ensure effective referrals to – community resources, including WIC, long term home visiting, affordable housing and other entitlement and community programs.
    Ensures that all families of babies with significant metabolic or hemoglobinopathy test results receive necessary follow-up care.
    Develops relationships with Community providers to support the referral of clients as well as facilitate the acceptance and completion of home visits.
    Maintains client records and complete all necessary documentation within established program time frames.
    Adheres to productivity requirements as established for the First Connection Program.
    Constructively utilizes formal and peer supervision to evaluate and improve effectiveness in providing services to clients.  This includes active participation in supervision, team meetings and agency meetings.
    Participates fully in Children’s Friend’s Universal Training Curriculum, which provides intentional, practical and reflective training to ensure the agency maximizes the capacity and expertise of each staff member, both individually and as part of the overall Children’s Friend team.   
    Develops and maintains ongoing outreach strategies to inform families and the community of agency programs, services, and activities offered through Children’s Friend.
    Maintains electronic and hard copy client records, completing all necessary documentation within established program time frames.
    Ability to interact with members of the community representing diverse backgrounds and interests.
    Miscellaneous duties as assigned.

    • Associates Degree in Nursing required; Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
    • Rhode Island Nursing licensure (RN) or LPN required.
    • Must have demonstrated interest in maternal child health.
    • Home visiting experience in working with vulnerable children and/or families preferred. 
    • Must have strong organizational skills, computer skills, and excellent oral and written communication skills. 
    • Must have the ability to support flexible work hours.
    • Bilingual preferred.
    • Must have a valid driver’s license and automobile liability insurance.
    Hybrid Eligible:
    Given the nature of this role, the First Connections Community Nurse will need to be able to work an onsite and remote work schedule. 
    All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of criminal background checks, educational verification, medical, and proof of immunizations.
    Children’s Friend offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes the following:
    • Medical Dental and Vision coverage
    • Employer contributions to the 403(b) plan
    • Employer-paid Life and Disability insurance
    • Flex Spending Accounts
    • 11 Holidays
    • Competitive Vacation Benefits
    • Training and Professional Development
    • Education Assistance
    • Student Loan Repayment Assistance
    Our Mission 
    Children’s Friend is the innovative leader in improving the well-being and healthy development of Rhode Island’s most vulnerable young children.
    About Us        
    Established in 1834, Children’s friend is Rhode Island’s oldest child welfare organization. We are an innovative leader in improving the well-being and healthy development of Rhode Island’s most vulnerable children and families. Our services include Early Head Start, Head Start, Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), adoption, foster care, support for families with substance abuse, counseling, assistance for children with developmental delays, and other child welfare and early childhood services.
    Children’s Friend is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; creed; religion; national origin; age; ancestry; nationality; marital, domestic partnership or civil union status; sex, gender, gender identity or expression; affectional or sexual orientation; disability; veteran or military status or any other characteristic protected by law.
    At Children’s Friend, diversity and inclusion are foundational to how we operate and are embedded in our Core Values. We recognize that to tap into the richness diversity truly brings, we must lead with inclusion and have a workplace where those differences can thrive and be leveraged to empower the lives of our employees and clients. Therefore, we respect and celebrate our employees’ diverse backgrounds and experiences and provide equal opportunity for all.
    We strive for the best candidate experience for all applicants, and if you need special assistance, please let us know. Talent@cfsri.org

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