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Home Visiting Nurse, Family Connects



Smart Start of Transylvania County and Hendersonville Pediatrics are collaborating to implement the Family Connects program. The Home Visiting Nurse will reside at Hendersonville Pediatrics Brevard location and will be hired by Smart Start of Transylvania County. 

Smart Start of Transylvania County is part of the North Carolina Partnership for Children, a nationally recognized, award-winning early childhood initiative designed to ensure that young children enter school healthy and ready to succeed. 

In collaboration with GetSet Transylvania and its community partners, Smart Start of Transylvania County is working to:

  • Be a champion for young children through collaboration, public education, and influencing public policy,
  • Ensure young children have equitable access to developmentally appropriate, high quality learning,
  • Assist and encourage early childhood educators in their pursuit of excellence and promote an environment that elevates the profession,
  • Pursue opportunities to advance the health and well-being of young children and their families.

Hendersonville Pediatrics

With over 50 years of ongoing care, Hendersonville Pediatrics, P.A. is committed to providing quality, state of the art, comprehensive and compassionate healthcare for the children of Western North Carolina, 364 days a year with locations in Brevard and Hendersonville. Since its origin, Hendersonville Pediatrics, P.A. has been a leading provider of pediatric services in WNC. Committed to serving families of all social and economic backgrounds, the physicians and staff have bilingual abilities and excel as pediatric clinicians. The practice has proudly earned advanced certification as a Patient Centered Medical Home awarded by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a way of proving their commitment to only the highest quality care for children.

The Family Connects model was developed within the context of the Durham Family Initiative, funded by the Duke Endowment in 2002, with the primary goal of reducing community rates of child maltreatment (K. Dodge, Principle Investigator). The program centers on a theory-driven and evidence-based assessment of child and family strengths and needs, provided in an informal and family-friendly manner. 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.

Position Summary: 

A Family Connects home visiting nurse provides home visiting and/or virtual visits to all families with newborns in the determined catchment area of Transylvania County. The goal 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 home visiting nurse will work in a team environment 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, lactation education, and fluency in Spanish desired. 

Essential Job Functions: 

  1. Follow the Family Connects home-visiting protocol. Keep records of client observations and activities as required. Document information for family assessments and program evaluation. Record information in real time via in-home use of computerized record system. 
  2. Follow the Family Connects scheduling protocol. Visit Hendersonville Pediatrics and area target partners as needed to schedule home visits for new families. 
  3. Provide a health and physical assessment of mother and baby in the home to determine well-being. 
  4. Assess family needs in 12 domains of physical and psychosocial well-being, including depression, substance abuse, and domestic violence. Exercise clinical skills in appraising situations and making decisions. 
  5. Establish a trusting relationship with families during in-home and/or virtual visits and engage the family to establish a family support plan with goals, objectives, and activities that address family strengths and needs. 
  6. Work with team to ensure appropriate referrals and connections to community resources as needed. Work in a team to assist parents in making and attending appointments for doctors, social service agencies, etc. Act as a liaison between families and other community agencies, serving as family advocate as required. 
  7. Apply working knowledge of parent-child interaction, child-maternal health, child development, and child abuse/neglect to help families improve parenting skills, increase parenting supports, reduce stress, and address needs of parents; assist in creating a health plan for entire family. 
  8. Apply effective time-management skills, organization, and multitasking skills. Documentation should be completed in compliance with state guidelines, ideally within 24 hours of the encounter. 
  9. Work cooperatively as an active member of the Family Connects team by attending weekly team meetings, clinical supervision, staff meetings, and other meetings as required. Support and encourage development of other staff and of the Family Connects program. 

Minimum Requirements: 

  1. Current RN license, or B.A. degree in another field with current RN license, or A.S. degree in nursing with state-level RN, and at least one year of relevant nursing experience. 
  2. Must have and maintain current or compact licensure in the state of North Carolina. 
  3. Must maintain current CPR certification. 
  4. Must have a valid driver’s license and an automobile for use in making home visits. 
  5. Ability to work in a team with clinical and non-clinical staff. 
  6. Ability to work with culturally diverse populations. 
  7. Ability to work flexible hours to suit the needs of families with newborns.
  8. Ability to move or lift at least fifty pounds. 
  9. Ability to work with nurse supervisor to implement a practice improvement and clinical development plans.  
  10. Proficient and comfortable using laptops and virtual conferencing as part of virtual/in-home assessment and intervention. 
  11. 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. 

Reports To:

This position jointly reports to the Executive Director of Smart Start of Transylvania County and the Family Connects Medical Director/Nurse Supervisor at Hendersonville Pediatrics. 


Salary commensurate with experience (DOE). 

To Apply:

 Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter with “Family Connects” in subject line to transylvaniasmartstarthr@gmail.com by October 16, 2020. No phone calls please.