Licensed Vocational Nurse
Interviews potential program participants; explains eligibility requirements and program parameters; gathers necessary information and forms as required to determine initial and continued eligibility. Handles telephone calls and provides information about the WIC program by phone. Assigns WIC Food Packages to program participants; maintains accurate records of such distribution as required; and flows all policies and procedures pertaining to Food Package accuracy and security. Stays current and adheres to program integrity processes pertaining to issuance of benefits. Uses a computer to enter eligibility anthropometric data and uses the internet and email for work related information and communications; and uses word processing applications, as needed. Collects medical, nutritional, personal information submitted to determine eligibility under state guidelines per current WIC policies and procedures. Maintains client confidentiality. Weigh and measure WIC clients, including infants, children, and women, and accurately records height and weight per standard WIC procedures. Does finger prick to obtain hematocrit using aseptic technique while observing Universal Precautions in handling and disposal of blood. Assists with group nutrition education for WIC clients as trained by WIC nutritionists. Participates in ongoing training to stay current on how to each new WIC classes. Refers clients to WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, IBCLC, Registered Nurse, Nutrition Education Coordinator and Registered Dietitian for follow-up, as needed. Provides WIC Outreach Information to clients and community partners to increase access to WIC and promote the WIC mission of improving nutrition and physical activity among WIC clients. Refers clients to a wide variety of social and medical service agencies and resources on an ongoing basis, and stays current on new community resources that are presented at WIC trainings. Performs a variety of general office support activities such as maintaining office organization, preparing correspondence, copying and filing, keeping WIC waiting area, classroom and works station organized and tidy. Provides some verbal and written translation from English to Spanish, as needed to conduct routine WIC duties. Participates in in-service training programs on a regular basis to stay current on WIC Program procedures, practices and projects, and consults with supervisor and WIC nutritionists to stay current in job skills. Supports the mission of the WIC Program, and actively promotes employee wellness, good nutrition, physical activity and breastfeeding as the cultural norm. Provides excellent customer service per VENA Standards to internal and external customer supporting the values and goals of the WIC program while adhering to WIC policies. Develops and maintains effective working relationships with clients, coworkers, supervisors, agency staff members, community partner organizations, and the public. Communicates effectively and respectfully with people from different racial, ethnic and cultural groups and form different backgrounds and lifestyles; demonstrates a knowledge of sensitivity to their needs. Must be able to travel to satellite clinics.
Minimum Standards & Essential Job Functions:
Must be a licensed vocational nurse with the state of Texas with a minimum of one year’s experience. Ability to effectively present educational programs. Required knowledge of principles and practices of vocational nursing; regulations and standards governing patient care; methods for obtaining blood samples and administering injections; clinical equipment and diagnostic tools; WIC programming, services, and policies. Required knowledge of basic benefits of good nutrition, physical activity and breast feeding; basic interviewing techniques; VENA documentation and office support procedures; and appropriate referral agencies through which the WIC participants may obtain additional, necessary social and medical care services. Must be skilled in obtaining and evaluating medical, nutritional, personal, and financial information to determine program eligibility; effective communication with person of varies socio-economic backgrounds; identifying the need, and in referring clients to other social and medical care services; reading, interpreting, and applying complex regulations and policies; maintaining accurate records and preparing periodic reports; developing and maintaining effective working relationships with clients, staff, agency staff members, community organizations, the public, including people from diverse racial, cultural and lifestyle backgrounds. Ability to operate prescribed medical instruments as required. Skill in interviewing and counseling. Ability to read and apply regulations. Ability to teach groups. Ability to conduct nutritional risk assessments. Some travel involved. Strong interpersonal skills. Must be able to bend or stoop or retrieve files. Must be able to lift books, files or other materials weighing 10 to 15 lbs. Must be able to sit for long periods doing typing, computer work, etc. A valid driver’s license with a good driving record is required.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 7:00 am - 6:00 pm with lunch from 12:00 - 1:00 pm. 1st Saturday of the month from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm.
For more information, go to www.sanangelotexas.us Applications can be faxed to 325-657-4530 or delivered to 72 W. College, Room 305 or mailed to P.O. Box 1751, San Angelo, TX 76902.