Community Nurse

Website healthystartinc Healthy Start Inc.

Improve maternal and child health

The mission of Healthy Start is to improve maternal and child health and to reduce poor birth outcomes and infant mortality in Allegheny County.

Hello Baby is a voluntary program for parents of new babies designed to strengthen families, improve children’s outcomes, and maximize child and family well-being, safety, and security.  As part of the Hello Baby tiered support strategy, Healthy Start’s Hello Baby team focuses on engagement and support for families with highest needs.

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Position Overview and Purpose:

This is a community-based position contributing to the successful delivery of services and supports for families of newborns in Allegheny County who have complex needs.  As a member of the Hello Baby Priority team, the Community Nurse is an advanced professional community health nursing position.  Work is done on a generalized nursing basis primarily in the home with some community-based activities as needed.  A successful Community Nurse is passionate, knowledgeable of family systems, aware of community resources, empathetic, is flexible and thinks outside the box, has excellent written and verbal communication skills, and embodies the project’s core principles of community engagement, authentic healing relationships, family and child well-being, equity, and respect.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Providing community nursing services at the full performance level to individuals and their families by teaching and demonstrating principles and techniques of healthful living in homes and community-based locations.
  • Recognizing and assessing health needs of participants; stressing importance of periodic examinations, continued treatment, postpartum care, prevention of illness, and giving anticipatory guidance in growth and development of children ages 0-3.
  • Assisting participants in following prescribed health care procedures.
  • Assisting participants in securing medical and related services.
  • Coordinating health services in hospitals, agencies and the community.
  • Working with community groups/organizations on community nursing aspects and programs.
  • Evaluating health histories; attaining and maintaining special skills in performing basic physical assessments.
  • Making referrals to appropriate agencies based on participant needs.
  • Providing participant education on health related topics in the home and conducting educational programs for staff, students, observers, etc.
  • Home visitations and clinical assessments.
  • Producing necessary record keeping and charting documentation.
  • Assists with review of participant risk assessments in order to identify participants in need of nursing services.
  • Works with other members of the Healthy Start care team to determine services need and duration to best meet the needs of families.
  • Performing other duties relevant to the agency, as assigned.

Qualifications of Position

Graduation from a state approved diploma program in nursing and one year of nursing experience in a public health agency, or community health setting or any acceptable equivalent combination of experience and training.  Possession of a license as a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse as issued by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nurse Examiners is also required.

Skills and Knowledge Required

  • Knowledge of basic principles, practices and techniques of professional nursing.
  • Knowledge of principles, practices and objectives of public health/community nursing, their application to specific diseases and their implications of social conditions.
  • Knowledge of resources available to participants in need of health services and ability to use them.
  • Knowledge of the effects of illness on participants, families, and home environmental conditions.
  • Professional demeanor is required as you will interact with persons at all levels within the organization, outside of the organization and community.
  • Ability to follow instructions and take direction from management and comply with the boundaries of the establish policy and procedures.
  • Ability to teach basic principles of home nursing care.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, participants and families.
  • Ability to delegate tasks and provide guidance to other staff.
  • Ability to orient new staff and other personnel to public health/community nursing.
  • Ability to keep accurate records and prepare statistical reports.
  • Skill in working with community groups and organizations.
  • Maintain an absolute commitment to protecting the confidentiality of employee and agency information handled on a daily basis.
  • Must possess a valid unrestricted Pennsylvania Driver’s License.
  • Act 33/34 & FBI fingerprint clearances.

Supervisory Relationship

Work is performed independently under the direction of the Hello Baby Team Supervisor, and works in close collaboration with the Hello Baby care team (including Social Workers and Family Engagement Specialists).

Physical Demands

  • The work performed is 5% office work requiring sitting, keying, typing and answering phones, with occasional light lifting, carrying, stooping, standing, bending, walking and filing.
  • Intense mental, visual and aural attention is required as the work involves responding to requests, planning or performing work that is at times, can be fast-paced.
  • The other 95% of the position is conducted in the field.  Candidate must possess the ability to work at locales outside of the office environment.
  • Out of town and overnight travel is also required on occasion.


The starting salary range for this position is $42K-$50,000, commensurate with skills and experience. We offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits package.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Application Instructions:

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