The Community Health RN Consultant works directly with our public health clients to meet the unique needs of each of their respective departments.
Essential Functions / Responsibilities:
The Community Health RN Consultant will travel to a minimum of 12 and maximum of 15 birthing hospitals within their assigned region within the state of Florida and conduct monitoring visits to assess and determine what hepatitis B virus (HBV) and pertussis prevention activities occurred. The following tasks will be performed during each birthing hospital visit:
- Draft and send an introduction letter to the executive staff for each birthing hospital providing an overview of the review process, assessment activities, and requesting admission to conduct a monitoring visit.
- Review the labor & delivery/postpartum clinical protocols on the screening process for obtaining the Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) status for all pregnant clients and identifying HBsAg-positive mothers.
- Review the labor & delivery/postpartum clinical Protocols to determine if the birthing hospital utilizes standing orders to provide the birth dose of hepatitis B (Hep B) vaccine to infants born to Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) positive mothers.
- Review hospital medical records of at least 60 and not more than 80 newborns to determine if the required Hepatitis B birth dose was administered.
- Review hospital protocols to determine if the birthing hospital utilizes standing orders to offer and provide the post-partum dose of tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine to postpartum women.
- Review hospital medical records of at least 60 and not more than 80 labor & delivery/postpartum patients to assess the administration of the Tdap vaccine to postpartum women.
- Draft and send a follow-up letter to executive staff for each birthing hospital documenting the hospital medical record review with recommendations for each completed birthing hospital monitoring visit.
- Collect and report data to the Centers for Disease Control during each monitoring visit regarding the number and percentage of birthing hospitals in Florida:
- with standing orders to administer the hep B birth dose prior to hospital discharge
- which have hep B birth dose administration rates of 50% or less
- with standing orders to administer the Tdap to postpartum women prior to hospital discharge
- administering Tdap to postpartum women prior to hospital discharge
- Serve as the secondary/back-up case reviewer of HBsAg positive in pregnant women and Perinatal Hep B infant cases under investigation.
- Provide technical assistance and guidance to ensure that county health department PHBPP case management care coordinators are providing case management and follow-up.
- Licensure as a Registered Professional nurse in accordance with Chapter 464, Florida Statutes
- Three (3) years of applicable professional experience.
- Professional experience gained working in a hospital setting with specific experienced in a maternity ward is preferred.
- Ability to travel - with overnight stays occasionally being required - to area hospitals is critical.
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