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Nurse Specialist

Melbourne, FL
Melbourne, FL

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Full time
3 - 5 years of experience
$41,000 to $50,000 per year

Published on 6 Apr 2022

Expires on 30 Jun 2022

Nurse Specialist


United Way’s mission is to be Brevard’s leader in mobilizing the caring power of our community.  So, what exactly does it mean?  Simply put, it means that United Way will use its resources – financial and leadership – to bring people together to make a measurable impact on needs in our community.  

Mobilizing the caring power of our community means many things at our United Way.  It means coordination of a single fundraising campaign on behalf of many local health and human service programs at non-profit agencies throughout Brevard County; strategically distributing funds to local programs based on the potential return on investment and quantifiable results; holding agencies accountable for funding through program evaluation and annual monitoring for compliance; convening partners to proactively identify issues for organizational focus and implementing solutions to emerging needs in our community; putting stakes in the ground around areas of emphasis on which we are in a position to “move the dial” and make measurable impact to the benefit of our community; and  engaging supporters in our work.  The goal is to change lives for the better.

Your United Way is local, autonomous and run by volunteers:
A locally elected, volunteer Board of Directors administers the activities of each United Way.  There are more than 1,200 local United Ways in the United States.  Each local Board is completely autonomous, answerable only to the residents of its specific community.  

United Way of Brevard’s Board sets policy and provides leadership unique to our community needs and circumstances.  The Board is composed of 52 volunteer members representing our community’s diverse makeup – large companies, financial institutions, higher education, faith and community based organizations, local government, and private industry. Our Executive Committee provides expertise and counsel to United Way of Brevard’s president and leadership team, helping to set priorities and future direction for the organization.

Relationship with United Way Worldwide:
Many United Ways work in concert with United Way Worldwide, an association providing a system through which local organizations can act in unison on major issues affecting health and human services nationally.  United Way Worldwide acts as a resource, a trade association if you will.  Membership provides annual training opportunities, large scale advertising campaigns and assistance with market research and planning.  United Way of Brevard has chosen to voluntarily associate with them.

Relationship with United Way of Florida:
United Way of Brevard has also opted to voluntarily associate with a statewide group – United Way of Florida.  Through advocacy efforts, its staff and volunteers present the views of the human service community to the Executive and Legislative Branches of the Florida State Government.

POSITION OBJECTIVE: Licensed Practical Nurse to aide in the prevention of child abuse and neglect in at-risk families, the
Nurse Specialist will provide telehealth and in-home overlay services to Healthy Families participants who are referred due to
substance exposure and are in need of medical/developmental consultation and treatment by a Licensed Practical Nurse.
He/she works under the guidance and direct supervision of the Healthy Families supervisor.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Duties of the Nurse Specialist (NS) include but are not limited to:
• Performs regular home visits with families as determined by model guidelines and contract requirements,
maintains caseload limits, and meets the expected home visit completion rate each month.
• Establishes a trusting relationship with families by initiating and maintaining regular client contact and strives to
keep families engaged in the program.
• Performs an initial assessment of needs and then creates or modifies a Plan of Safe Care (PSC) for all substanceaffected
infants and their families who consent to a PSC.
• Seeks cooperation of all household members and identifies and addresses any needs of individuals living in the
same home as the substance-affected infant.
• Identifies and assists families in accessing needed resources and services, including medical providers.
• Collaborates with community partners including hospitals, MAT clinics and other treatment providers, OB/GYNs,
midwives, pediatricians, child protective investigators, county health departments, or any community or state
entity providing referral services.
• Provides follow up to identified concerns and monitor family progress.
• Administers developmental assessment tools at established intervals, when needed or requested.
• Utilizes trauma-informed approaches and motivational interviewing techniques with families.
• Provides consultation and support to all Family Support Workers when working with families where substance
abuse has been identified as an area of concern.
• Prepares home visit notes and other documentation in a timely manner and comply with agency and program
requirements, policies, and procedures relative to the proper establishment, handling and storing of client
• Maintains confidentiality of participant information and respect diverse cultural differences of families within
• Meets with Supervisor weekly for review of case management and other relevant activities of all families on
• Manages time and resources effectively through organization, prioritization of work, and positive problemsolving
• Demonstrates a strong work ethic and participates in the organization’s performance and quality improvement
• Travels as required for hospital visits, home visits, educational programs, or meetings in local service area;
mileage will need to be correctly documented, compiled and submitted monthly for reimbursement.
• Completes required Healthy Families trainings and attends conferences/workshops, in-house trainings, staff
meetings, and other staff development activities as required and in a timely manner.
• Submits all required data in the specified timeframe as determined by the program supervisor.
• Performs other related duties as assigned.
This list of essential functions is not intended to be exhaustive. The United Way of Brevard reserves the right to revise this
job description as needed to comply with actual job requirements.

Education & Experience:
• Must be a Florida Licensed Practical Nurse in good standing; bilingual preferred, not required
• Must have at least 2-years of experience in maternal/child health, public health, or mental behavioral nursing
• Must be able to work flexible hours to meet the clients’ needs
• Experience with home visiting preferred
• Experience in working with or providing services to children and families; knowledge of infant child development
• Acceptance of individual differences and experience and willingness to work with the culturally diverse
populations that are present among the program's target population
• Open to reflective practice (i.e. has capacity for introspection, communicates awareness of self in relation to
others, recognizes value of supervision, etc.)
Licenses & Certifications:
• Current Florida Practical Nurse License
• Must possess and maintain a valid Florida driver’s license with no record of criminal driving offense of license
• Must possess means of providing job related transportation and show proof of required insurance.
• Must successfully complete and maintain FDLE clearance, Federal background and state criminal background
Annual Training Requirements: The following training topics are required annually:
• Diversity/Cultural Competency
• Child Abuse and Neglect Mandated Reporter Statutes and Methods
• Department of Children and Families HIPAA and Security Awareness, and ADA compliance.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Knowledge and understanding of basic childcare practices.
• Knowledge of community-based resources.
• Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.
• Ability to develop problem-solving skills.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working and verbal relationships with others.
• Ability to develop good listening skills.
• Ability to establish a trusting relationship with families.
• Ability to be non-judgmental.
• Ability to foster self-sufficiency and independence in families.
• Ability to provide quality documentation as required by agency standards, rules and regulations.
Visual: Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle, read printed materials, and to make observations of physical facilities as
regards to safety.
Hearing: ability to understand and comprehend spoken dialogue in individual and group settings (with or without
hearing device)
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively.
Reasonable accommodation will be made for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability.

●    Mission-Focused: Catalyze others’ commitment to mission to create real social change that leads to better lives and healthier communities.  This drives their performance and professional motivations.
●    Relationship-Oriented: Understands that people come before process and is astute in cultivating and managing relationships toward a common goal.
●    Collaborator: understands the roles and contributions of all sectors of the community and can mobilize resources (financial and human) through meaningful engagement.
●    Results-Driven: Dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good; creating, resourcing, scaling, and leveraging strategies and innovations for broad investment and impact.
●    Brand Steward: Steward of the brand and understands his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation and results of the greater network.