Child Welfare – Registered Nurse

Work Type
Family and Children’s Services

Position Number

$25.54 - $32.69 per hour

Closing Date
May 12, 2022
Posted May 3, 2022

Agency Name
Wake County Health and Human Services

Work County

Job Location
Human Services Center Sunnybrook
North Carolina
Job Description

Wake County HHS is now offering sign-on bonuses and recruitment incentives for Child Welfare Nurse positions, tiered up to $5,000!

What You'll Be Doing The Child Welfare Division has three federally mandated goals. The first goal is safety - children will be protected from harm from child abuse and neglect. The second goal is permanence - children entering foster care will be reunited with family or placed in a new permanent home as quickly as possible. The third goal is well-being - the educational, health, and overall well-being of children in foster care or receiving CPS In-Home Services will be enhanced. Federal, state, and local policy dictate that Child Welfare seeks to accomplish these three goals by supporting and strengthening families. The Children’s Health and Development Program (CHDP) bridges two different divisions within Wake County Human Services, Health Clinics and Child Welfare. CHDP is a multidisciplinary program that includes child welfare, medical providers, nursing and community partners. Currently, CHDP’s main function is to identify and provide treatment plans to meet the well-being needs for all children entering foster care in Wake County. CHDP is expanding to include medical and public health support for child welfare during all aspects of child welfare involvement with families such as assessments and in-home. CHDP is a leader among public health – child welfare partnerships in North Carolina and works closely with other state agencies.     We are currently seeking a passionate Child Welfare - Registered Nurse professional to join our team! This position is a grant funded and time-limited expected through June of 2023.  Primary job functions and responsibilities include:
  • Conducting in-home visits both independently and with child welfare social workers to assess and target risk factors for child maltreatment
  • Providing clinical support to the health department (by serving in a public health clinic) at least one day per week
  • Having frequent and regular contact with others. Contact may be regarding being in support of controversial positions or negotiation of sensitive issues (i.e., sleep environments, safety hazards, medication access and management, environmental impacts on chronic illnesses, recognizing and responding to symptoms of illness or injury and child development and behavioral health interventions)
  • Reviewing medical and behavioral health records to recommend and coordinate needed resources and services 
  • Assisting staff with prevention and in post permanency program areas to identify, document and meet the well-being needs of children
  • Attending child and family team meetings and appearing in court
  • Ensuring referral, increasing engagement and monitoring follow through with other Wake County programs, including Child Care Coordination for Children, Nurse Family Partnership, and Child Care Health Consultant Programs
NOTE: Wake County Human Services employees are required to be in their current role for a minimum of one (1) year to be eligible to apply for another Human Services position. Upon acceptance of employment you acknowledge that (i) you will rescind your application for any other positions within Wake County Human Services, (ii) after accepting your position with Wake County Human Services you must remain in your role for one (1) year before you are eligible to apply for another position within Wake County Human Services, (iii) if you work in the Health Clinics and Public Health Division, influenza immunization is a condition of initial and continued employment, subject to compliance with federal law.

About Our Team

Wake County Health and Human Services (WCHHS) is the consolidation of programs and services that include social services, public health, job search assistance, child support, and transportation. Our mission, in partnership with the community, is to facilitate full access to high quality and effective health and human services for Wake County residents. In addition to our numerous standard programs, Wake County Health and Human Services (WCHHS) is engaged in a number of special initiatives that are impacting services and programs throughout our entire agency. Whether legislated down from the changing regulations on the Federal or State level or bubbling up from the entrepreneurial spirit of our staff, you can always look forward to Wake County Health and Human Services implementing new and exciting enhancements to our services and programs.

The Basics (Required Education and Experience)

  • Graduation from an accredited School of Nursing
  • No specific experience required
  • Eligibility for licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse as issued by the North Carolina Board of Nursing
  • Valid Driver's License and safe driving record
  • Equivalent education and experience are accepted

Beyond the Basics (Preferred Education and Experience)

  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing, or
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing who (must successfully complete a mandatory course, Principles and Practices of Public Health Nursing, within first year of employment or other specified time period)
  • NC Nursing License
  • At least two years of clinical work providing nursing care in outpatient clinical, or community based health service
  • CPR certification
  • Experience leading teams and with public speaking
  • Experience working with undeserved populations

How Will We Know You're 'The One'?

  • The ability to maintain effective and open communication with all team members (CHDP, Child Welfare and Health Clinics)
  • The ability to develop and maintain strong business relationships with co-workers and clients by listening, understanding and responding to identified needs
  • Knowledge of the medical billing process, including insurance and self-paying clients
  • The ability to access and navigate in NC Tracks, GE Centricity, Virtual Health, OnBase, EPIC and NCIR
  • Knowledge of appropriate policies and procedures for day-to day assistance with child welfare cases
  • Understanding and awareness of community resources, partnerships and access to programs and services
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