Advanced Practice Registered Nurse or Physician Assistant

This position is assigned to Region 5, Calcasieu Parish, within the Office of Public Health.  This position functions in the role of Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) or Physician Assistant (PA).  This position is responsible for primary and preventative health care for individuals, families, and communities.  This APRN or PA practices within scope of practice designated by their respective regulating authority (Louisiana Board of Nursing or Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners). This position must adhere to the policies, procedures, and standards of the Louisiana Department of Health/Office of Public Health and is accountable for promoting a positive image and working harmoniously with other members of the health care team.  This APRN or PA will provide joint management of health care of patients (including but not limited to counseling, education, exam, and/or referral) with one or more consulting physicians employed by the Office of Public Health.  The Medical Director for the Office of Public health shall serve as the collaborating physician for this position.  This position reports directly to the Medical Director for the Office of Public Health, but also must work collaboratively with the Registered Nurse Regional Manager and other APRNs employed by the Office of Public Health.  The APRN or PA will respond to public health emergencies and bioterrorist threats (examples include but are not limited to hurricanes, flooding, food borne illness, West Nile, Anthrax).  Emergency Response is required for all public health staff.  The APRN or PA must possess prescriptive authority to prescribe drugs, therapeutic regimens, medical devices within their scope of practice. The APRN or PA must maintain current CPR certification.  The APRN or PA will also serve as a community leader and educator on Public Health issues and encourage a culture of quality improvement.

25%     Direct Clinical Care

  • Assesses and develops a comprehensive health care history and physical exam for the purpose of diagnosis, providing medical care and/or referral.
  • Conducts physical examinations such as pap smears, breast and/or pelvic exams, and other exams needed for current Office of Public Health Programs (including but not limited to Reproductive Health, STIs, Immunizations)
  • Performs or orders appropriate lab tests. Reviews and analyzes lab tests and other diagnostic data including reports from other providers involved in a patient’s care.  Prescribes appropriate pharmaceuticals and performs appropriate medical procedures.
  • Plans and implements the plan of care decided upon for the client.
  • Assesses patient needs, identifies problems, and provides counsel relative to patient illnesses and treatment. Formulates goals and strategies for meeting individual health care needs.
  • Consults with physicians and other providers as needed. Provides appropriate referrals.
  • Utilizes the Electronic Health Record system to document clinical data gathered in each health unit visit.
  • Participates in quality improvement projects. Collaborates with the medical and nursing administrators to plan, implement, and evaluate programs to assure competent and effective clinical practice that advance programmatic goals and strengthen the systems that support the quality of patient care.
  • Serve as a role model and resource to nursing staff and other members of the multidisciplinary treatment team.

40%     Public Health and Outreach

  • Under direction of the Medical Director, provides information and knowledge of Public Health issues to the general public and to physician and hospital groups within the parish. This may require media campaigns, public speaking events, and community seminars to educate the public on issues pertinent to public health.
  • Work with school based health centers to help educate students on important public health issues.
  • Work with local area hospitals and healthcare providers to ensure our community is working in a collaborative manner to address public health concerns within Calcasieu parish.
  • Works with current Emergency Preparedness team to help develop public health emergency plans for our region
  • Works with Regional Leadership Team of the Office of Public Health to respond to emerging public health concerns (including but not limited to the obesity epidemic, management of chronic disease, behavioral health resources, opioid epidemic, infectious disease threats, teen pregnancy rates, infant mortality). Helps to identify healthcare needs within the community and devises a plan of action in collaboration with other organizations or healthcare groups to address those needs.

25%   Leadership

  • Serves as a Liaison to community organizations and helps with implementation of projects from these community organizations.
  • Assists Medical Director in addressing public health issues that affect the community at large.
  • Serves as a leader within the Parish to motivate and engage our population to address issues that affect health.

10%    Continuing Education and Quality Improvement

  • Attends seminars, workshops, staff meetings, in-service trainings, and other CME programs to maintain professional expertise and licensing requirements
  • Critically analyzes current processes within our organization and helps to develop an overall culture of quality improvement
  • Accepts and performs additional assigned duties not listed in the job description to ensure smooth agency operations at all levels – parish, regional, and state.

To Apply: Please email your cover letter and CV to Lacey.Cavanaugh@la.gov by March 22, 2019.


The NFP Nurse Home Visitor (NHV) is responsible for delivery of comprehensive community health nursing care to first-time, low income pregnant women and their families who are eligible for NFP. Direct supervision for this position is provided by an assigned NFP Nurse Supervisor (and Assistant Supervisor when applicable). The Nurse Home Visitor practices within the scope of practice designated by the Louisiana Nurse Practice Act (LRS 37:911) and adheres to the policies, procedures and standards of the Louisiana NFP program and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospital/Office of Public Health (DHH/OPH).

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) preferred with unrestricted / current LA RN licensure & 3 yrs experience in maternal child health nursing, public / community health, or related fields (Master’s degree or higher may substitute for 1 year of experience).


(70%) Implements NFP with fidelity. Maintains a caseload of 25 active families who have been identified as eligible for NFP. Adheres to NFP model of home visiting which includes completion of scheduled visits in accordance with established policies, procedures and standards of NFP. Meets NFP programmatic documentation guidelines, NFP productivity expectations and professional performance expectations as set forth by DHH/OPH. Performs ongoing nursing assessments of the physical, emotional, social and environmental needs of pregnant women, children and families. Demonstrates proficiency in use and interpretation of model specific assessment tools.

Develops therapeutic relationships with women and their families, utilizing open communication skills, reflective listening and motivational interviewing. Provides preventive health education and anticipatory guidance to clients and families. Provides individualized and culturally appropriate care to families served by NFP and assists set achievable personal and life course goals. Makes appropriate referrals to community agencies and health care providers for other community services and resources as identified by families whenever possible. When applicable, works effectively with Mental Health Consultants and assists Mental Health Consultants in developing relationships with families.

Participates in weekly case conferences and/or team meetings and 1:1 meetings with supervisor according to the NFP model. Offers and accepts constructive feedback to enhance team and personal outcomes. Evaluates own nursing and team practices which affect attrition of clients, client specific outcomes and infant outcomes. Modifies approaches with families when indicated. Provides in-service training and orientation to new personnel and assists supervisor in preparation of in-service activities for staff.

(20%) Proficiently utilizes the Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) Data Collection System through the NFP National Service Office, as well as the State provided ETO system, in order to manage program data appropriately. Inputs data accurately or delegates to appropriate staff when available. Evaluates and interprets own caseload information and program data for accuracy and trends such as tracking of families characteristics, needs, services provided, and progress toward accomplishing program objectives. Prepares, maintains and completes patient records, monthly activity reports, itinerary reports & travel documents in a timely and accurate manner. Monitors and completes documentation in client records for fidelity to the model and quality assurance. Complies with licensure and reimbursement guidelines through Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) and/or other funding sources. Participates in overall quality improvement activities to assure that data, site specific reports and statewide outcomes are accurate and reliable. Participates in continuous quality improvement processes. Monitors data for opportunities to change individual nursing practice.

(10%) Provides individual or group health education in the community when requested to address educational and behavioral needs identified in the community. Participates in selected health fairs and community events as requested. Participates in community outreach activities to assure and encourage referrals to the NFP program. Participates in community groups to identify the maternal and child health needs of the community and potential community solutions.

Provides emergency care in the community as designated within the Office of Public Health and in accordance with the scope of nursing practice. Participates in Emergency Preparedness activities in the Medical Special Needs Shelters, bioterrorism preparedness (smallpox vaccination, National Pharmaceutical Stockpile or weapons of mass destruction) and other events which require activation of the emergency response system. Provides professional nursing care and leadership in response to emergency situations in the community and statewide, on a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week basis.

Attends community seminars, workshops, in-service training, and other continuing education programs as required and approved in order to maintain professional expertise. Performs all other duties not listed above but assigned by the supervisor to ensure the smooth operation of the agency.

For more information on the Nurse-Family Partnership program visit www.nursefamilypartnership.org.

To Apply:  Please send cover letter and resume to SWLAHEC Director of Public Health Support, contracts@swlahec.com or fax to 337-478-0124.

For additional information or inquiries call 337-478-6020 ext. 6049.

Position:  Director, Community Resource Department

Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center is looking for a highly motivated candidate to lead our newly developed Community Resource Department.  This department director will serve as the Region 4 (Acadiana) regional expert for health systems quality improvement initiatives aimed at improving chronic disease outcomes in this region.  This position will also oversee SWLAHEC’s Regional Community Resource Coordinator responsible for linking healthcare providers with local chronic disease self-management, health education, and health behavior support services.

This position will be responsible for:

  • Leading regional efforts to identify and provide technical assistance to healthcare providers interested in improving patient health outcomes related to chronic conditions, specifically cardiovascular disease and type-2 diabetes.
  • Partner with Regional Public Health Office and Parish Health Units to assist with screening and referral programs.

This is a full time, 40-hour per week position within SWLAHEC’s Lafayette Office.  There is some in and out of state travel to meetings, conferences, or for the purpose of fulfilling responsibilities.  The candidate should have knowledge and/or experience in working on quality improvement initiatives in a clinical setting.  Knowledge of the healthcare system within LA Pubic Health Region IV region is preferred as well as some experience with team-based care, electronic health records, or quality improvement coaching.

Position closes January 4, 2019. Please send cover letter and resume to SWLAHEC’s Human Resources Director at hrdirector@swlahec.com.

Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center has an opening for a full time Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Regional Coordinator in the Lake Charles area. This Regional MCH Coordinator works in the regional Office of Public Health (OPH), Bureau of Family Health (BFH) toward improving maternal, infant, and child mortality and morbidity rates.  A crucial role for the position is to identify and maintain active relationships with partners across sectors and work to align them around a shared vision of healthy, injury-free families across Louisiana. The Regional MCH Coordinator is responsible for convening meetings of regional Case Review and Community Action and Advisory Teams. These teams identify health system interventions and policy improvements to develop a comprehensive approach to addressing family health and welfare issues, while recognizing the inter-relatedness of multiple risk factors in prevention planning. A passion for injury prevention, health equity, and public health policy preferred.


    • Extensive experience reading and interpreting medical records a must
    • Must carry a valid RN license
    • Experience in Maternal and Child Health or Public Health nursing
    • Ability to work alone AND on a statewide team
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • Strong computer skills, with particular competency in the Microsoft Office Suite and web browsing
    • Strong self-direction and organization skills
  • Ability to travel and access to a means of reliable transportation

To apply please send cover letter and resume to rosaria.trichilo@la.gov.

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