Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center (SWLAHEC) in collaboration with the LA Office of Public Health has an opening for (1) Nurse Home Visitor in Calcasieu Parish.

NFP Nurse Home Visitors:  Must possess a valid Louisiana license or temporary permit to practice professional nursing and 2 years of professional nursing experience.

Substitutions:  A baccalaureate degree in nursing may be substituted for one year of the required experience.  A Master’s degree in Nursing or Public Health may be substituted for an additional year of the required experience.

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

If you have questions about this position, please contact the MIECHV Statewide Nurse Consultant, Cindy Hilger, MSN, RN at (318) 545-0136 or Cindy.Hilger@la.gov.

This Registered Nurse position is assigned to Region 5 (Lake Charles area) in the Office of Public Health and functions in the role of Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). This APRN is responsible for advanced primary and preventive health care for individuals, families, and communities. This APRN practices within scope of practice designated by Louisiana Advanced Nurse Practice Act (LRS37:911), adheres to the policies, procedures, and standards of 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 will provide joint management of health care of the patient (counseling, education, examination, and /or referral) with one or more consulting physicians employed by Office of Public Health or with approval by the Medical Director for the Office of Public Health. All acts of medical diagnosis will be in accordance with a collaborative practice agreement. This APRN will respond to emergencies, public health, and bioterrorist threats on a 24 hour basis, i.e. hurricanes, flooding, West Nile Virus, Anthrax, Smallpox, food borne illnesses and others as they emerge. As per Interdivisional Memorandum (IDM) 724, effective May 17, 2007, the APRN must possess prescriptive authority to prescribe drugs, assessment studies, therapeutic regimens, medical devices, and other products for distribution and use by other individuals within the scope of practice as defined by the board in R.S. 37.913(3)(b). The APRN must also maintain current CPR certification. Reports administratively and professionally to the Regional Medical Director and works collaboratively with the Registered Nurse Regional Manager.

40%  Assesses and develops a comprehensive health care history and physical examination for the purpose of diagnosis, providing medical care and/or referral. Plans, implements and evaluates the plan of care decided upon for the client. Conducts physical examinations, such as pap smears, breast and/or pelvic exams and other exams necessary for, but not limited to Reproductive Health, Maternity and/or STD patients. Performs or orders appropriate laboratory tests. Assesses patient needs, identifies problems and provides counsel relative to patient illnesses and treatment. Reviews and analyzes laboratory tests and other diagnostic data; determines diagnoses; prescribes pharmaceuticals; perform appropriate medical procedures; formulates goals and strategies for meeting individual health care needs; consults with physicians or other providers as needed. Creates and maintains accurate records, appropriate legal documents and other reports of client care consistent with the law. Utilizes the Electronic Health Record (EHS) system to document, maintain current and review patient clinical data gathered in each health unit visit and from reports by other providers involved in patient’s care.

10%  Provides advanced primary or preventive health care for individuals, families or communities at an advanced or expert clinician level; assesses individual health, analyzes data to determine health and nursing care needed, plans a strategy to meet identified health care needs, evaluates responses to intervention and makes changes in care or treatment as needed; identifies and allocates public health care resources or coordinates and evaluates other health resources necessary to meet individual or group needs at the most appropriate level.

15%  Provides advanced professional expertise and technical assistance to nurses and ancillary staff in implementing health care strategies and providing for individualized care and treatment within the area of specialization and certification, such as pediatrics, obstetrics-gynecology or family planning; participates in quality assurance activities related to health care services provided by licensed and non-licensed health care members. 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 that strengthen the systems that support the quality of patient care.

15%  Counsels patient, family members and others on health problems, prescribed treatments, use of drugs and other matters. Identifies problems and make suggestions for changes to provide continuity of patient care. Makes appropriate referrals and collaborates with all members of the health care team. Identifies health care needs within the community and makes recommendations to provide comprehensive health care to clients; provides education and training to members of the community and the health care team regarding health care needs (i.e., obesity, genetic abnormalities, increase in birth defects, etc.).

10%  Provides advanced professional nursing care, leadership, and/or surveillance, and instructs nurses and paraprofessional staff in response to population-based issues that may impact the health of the community-at-large (i.e. methyl parathion or mercury investigation, etc.); bioterrorism threats (i.e. National Pharmaceutical Stockpile system, smallpox vaccination clinics, etc.); weather emergencies (Special Needs Shelters, etc.); or emerging health crises (i.e. West Nile Virus, etc.). Serve as a role model and clinical resource to nursing staff and other members of the multidisciplinary treatment team.

5%  Develops and recommends practice standards which pertain to assigned programs; evaluates care outcomes and suggests strategies to improve program delivery. Initiates or modifies medical treatment when and to the extent authorized by Office of Public Health protocols and procedures. Assists in developing departmental educational programs based upon standards of practice and conducts formal and informal classes and experiences for staff to support and promote the patient care programs.

5%  Attends seminars, workshops, staff meetings, in-service trainings and other continuing education programs as required in maintaining professional expertise and licensing requirements. Accepts and performs additional assigned duties not listed in the job description to ensure smooth agency operations at all levels – parish, regional and state.

Possession of an active, unencumbered, unrestricted and valid Louisiana registered nurse license to practice professional nursing plus an active, valid Louisiana Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) license or temporary permit.

If you are interested in this position please email cover letter and resume to Bertrand.Foch@LA.GOV by April 18th, 2018.

Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center has an opening for a full time MIECHV Clerical / Administrative Assistant in the Lake Charles area. This position is under the direct supervision of the MIECHV Nurse Supervisor and functions to assist the MIECHV home visiting teams in a designated region by performing essential administrative and clerical functions.

Minimum Qualifications
High school graduate, knowledge of web-based systems, and at least 2 years clerical experience (degree/certification in related field may substitute for experience).

Job Duties
● (30%) Proficiently utilizes the Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) Data Collection System in order to manage program data appropriately. This includes data entry and generation of reports for tracking of family characteristics, needs, services providers, and progress toward accomplishing program objectives. Provides data entry, billing and reporting for programmatic funding sources. This requires knowledge of the web based system as well as the policies, procedures and regulations governing applicable funding sources.

● (25%) Prepares correspondence relative to administrative activities. Assists in monitoring budget and advises supervisor of budget status. Analyzes and prepares detailed reports on any phase of organizational activity, including recommendations for revising procedures to improve operations.

● (15%) Communicates with other program members to keep staff informed of administrative decisions and matters of policy. Schedules conferences and meetings and takes or transcribes minutes of meetings. Performs a variety of administrative tasks such as organizing appointment calendar, screening visitors and telephone calls by answering or referring routine questions. Makes travel arrangements for members of home visiting teams.

● (15%) Performs administrative support activities such as maintaining files and central records, printing and duplication services, regular inventory and purchasing of supplies and equipment, and preparation of client service reimbursement, payroll and personnel records in parishes. Utilizes personal vehicle for routine travel to assist home visitors in the parishes with data entry and photocopying of materials to be used during visits.

● (10%) Sorts and routes mail to proper divisions and compose correspondence not requiring attention of the Nurse Supervisor. Attends and participates in program staff meetings as appropriate.

● (5%) Accepts and performs additional duties not listed in job description to ensure smooth agency operation. Attends scheduled workshops and/or training meetings that are designed to maintain proficiency or increase knowledge.

To apply please send cover letter and resume to contracts@swlahec.com.

Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center has an opening for a full time Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Regional Coordinator in the Lafayette area. RN/BSN/extensive experience reading medical records required, along with a passion for injury prevention, health equity, and public health policy. To apply please send cover letter and resume to Sheila.Robinson@LA.GOV.

Title of the Position:  Registered Dietitian (Region 5 – Lake Charles area)

Full Time: 40 hours/week M-F
Company Name:  Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
Name of Contact Person: Greg Cart

How to apply: Email or Fax Resume
Contact Name:  Greg Cart
Contact Fax:  (337) 478-0124.
Contact Email Address: contracts@swlahec.com


Website address to apply https://swlahec.com/

Position Description:   Complete nutrition assessments for WIC participants, nutrition care plans, certifies and recertifies participants, prescribes and prints food packages, reviews/evaluate prescriptions for approval of WIC special formula. Participates in breastfeeding promotions and other WIC sponsored activities throughout the year. Other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements:

  • Minimum qualifications:
    • Registered Dietitian
    • Possession of a permanent La Dietitian/Nutritionist license

For additional information you may contact:

Dan Morel, RD, LDN
Regional Public Health Nutritionist 5
LDH/OPH Southwest Regional Office
Office 337-475-3219

SWLAHEC has immediate opening for a part-time Mental Health Consultant in the Lake Charles area. Job responsibilities include providing consultation to child care centers enrolled in the State of Louisiana’s Quality Start program, conducting seminars with staff, observing classrooms, modeling techniques, and meeting with parents. Consultants must have the ability to conceptualize a variety of cases including challenging behavior, attachment problems, developmental delays or other mental health problems, relationship difficulties etc. They must be accountable for all required documentation of services & contacts.


Masters or Ph.D. in Counseling, Social Work, Counseling Psychology or closely related field; Appropriate licensure to practice mental health counseling is preferred.  Applicants must be license eligible in the state of LA and have specialized training in infant mental health or be able to complete training, and must be able to form working relationships w/ center staff, children, & families.

Experience: 2 years clinical experience w/children & adults preferred; knowledge of child development & child care practices preferred.

Reliable transportation and computer/laptop are required.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Greg Cart, contracts@swlahec.com.

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