Child and Family Health Nurse

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Job Summary

 

Child and Family Health Nurses provide specialised community nursing services for children and families in their local community, outside of the acute hospital facilities. They are normally based in community health centres and work as members of a larger multidisciplinary team that covers a geographical area. The role of a Child and Family Health Nurse is to support families with children of a young age through:

  • Home visiting for newborn babies and postnatal depression screening for mothers
  • Providing clinics for well child checks
  • Parenting support for issues such as infant feeding and sleep and settling, bonding with babies
  • Developing plans to meet client needs and responding to deterioration in client functioning or clinical emergencies
  • Running parenting groups
  • Preschool vision screening
  • Developing partnerships with parents, doctors and the local community to support children and families, particularly those from diverse cultural backgrounds or those who are socially isolated
  • Reporting instances of suspected child abuse

 

Personal Qualities

Child and Family Nurses require well developed interpersonal and communication skills, including being courteous and respectful and using appropriate language when dealing with clients from disparate backgrounds. They need to be able to establish rapport and earn the trust of clients and maintain the confidentiality of client information. The requirement for detailed documentation and case notes means that Child and Family Nurses must have good written communication skills. They should be able to work independently or as part of a team and be able to respond to emergencies as well as coping with the ongoing physical and emotional aspects o the job.

Entrance Requirements

Child and Family Health Nurses will usually require specialist postgraduate qualifications to go along with being a board accredited Registered Nurse or Registered Midwife.

Principal Employment Sectors and Industry

 

Child and Family Health Nurses work for community health centres.