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Program Nurse (33056)

Company: Lutheran Services Florida
Location: Largo
Posted on: November 12, 2021

Job Description:

Program Nurse for Pinellas Head Start / Early Head Start
Located in Largo, FL
Full Time / M-F

Lutheran Services Florida (LSF) envisions a world where children are safe, families are strong and communities are vibrant.

Since 1982, Lutheran Services Florida has been providing and sharing solutions to protect Florida’s most vulnerable. Today, we are one of the largest nonprofits in Florida touching 1 in 50 Floridians with a wide range of services, including:

  • early childhood education
  • refugee and immigration
  • mental health and substance abuse
  • juvenile justice
  • child welfare

LSF is looking for a talented Program Nurse who wants to make an impact in the lives of others.

Purpose & Impact

The purpose of the Program Nurse is to provide Health Services to children and families. Assists in the identification, coordination, completion of service and evaluation of health or family problems of enrolled children. Maintains awareness of current health services available in the community and works with physicians and other local health care providers to meet the needs of enrolled children. Responsible for the coordination of health follow-up services to identified children. Documents all health/family services that have been provided. Monitors health records at Head Start and Early Head Start center sites. If applicable to the Program, this includes the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships Expansion grant. Participates in the HS/EHS Quality Assurance efforts. 

A Day in the Life of a Program Nurse

Essential Functions:

  • Reviews children’s files during the enrollment process to identify any health concerns and assess the program’s ability to meet a child’s individual health needs before admitting a child into the program
  • Evaluate, screen, and approve children with identified health needs.
  • Conduct child staffing meeting to address identified health concerns, accommodations required, development of health plan, and/or assess child’s appropriateness for admission based on health needs.
  • Create and write an Individual Health Plan for children with identified health, nutrition, or disability concerns based on physician orders in collaboration with Child Health and Safety Manager.
  • Assist in administering lead screenings.
  • Monitor and track medication administration and health documentation for individual children with a health plan and/or identified health concern.
  • Work in collaboration with the Disabilities Coordinator, Health Coordinator, and FACE Specialists regarding an individual child’s health needs.
  • Conduct regular site visits for the center with children that have identified health plans as well as to conduct medication management review.
  • Engage parents regarding their child’s health needs to ensure resources are provided and appropriate accommodations are in place.
  • Maintain efficient documentation and updated health case notes in ChildPlus database.
  • Conduct home visits as needed to educate, consult, and provide information to parents.
  • Obtain parent permission for further information from other health providers if needed to develop a child’s individual health plan.
  • Maintains a good working relationship with physicians, dentists and other local health care providers in order to provide optimal healthcare for enrolled children.
  • Assist families with referrals and resources to appropriate community services for identified health needs.
  • Coordinate and 7 assist parents with scheduling for their child’s follow-up treatment.
  • Administers first-aid or other emergency care as necessary when on site.
  • Review and updates child medical records for completion, follow-up and/or current compliance every 30 days.
  • Maintains strict confidentiality at all times, including the ability to recognize situations in which confidentiality is required.
  • Attends all scheduled workshops and meetings.
  • Attends all required staff and parent meetings and activities as deemed necessary.
  • Prepares and delivers health-related training and technical assistance (medication administration, medical procedures, health, and wellness, etc.).
  • Other related duties as assigned. 


Education: Registered Nurse. BSN or Higher or related degree preferred. 

Experience: Requires two years of experience in community health, pediatrics or school nursing. Bilingual preferred: English/Spanish or English and other languages present in the local area.

Also required:  Certification in First Aid and CPR within 90 days from the date of hire and successful completion of a Level II background screening, local criminal record check, health, TB and drug screening prior to hiring. Bilingual preferred: English/Spanish or English and other languages present in the local area. 

Lutheran Services Florida (LSF) requires those hired into this position to provide proof that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (including any booster shots, if required) or must become fully vaccinated within the first 30 days of employment.  Failure to provide timely proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status will result in the termination of your employment with LSF.

Any individuals subject to this requirement may submit for consideration a request to be exempted from the requirement (based on a valid religious or medical reason) on forms to be provided by LSF.  Such requests will be subject to review and approval by the Company, and exemptions will be granted only if the Company can provide a reasonable accommodation in relation to the requested exemption.  Note that approvals for reasonable accommodations are reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis and availability of a reasonable accommodation is not guaranteed.  This vaccination requirement is based, in part, on recently established government requirements.  The requirement is also based on the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine in protecting against COVID-19, and our shared responsibility for the health and safety of members, clients, and community.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Clinical experience conducting basic developmental screenings such as vision, hearing, height/weight, lead, hemoglobin/hematocrit for children infants to age 5.
  • Knowledge of human development and health.
  • Knowledge of social services and health services available in the area.
  • Knowledge of computer data entry processes.
  • Knowledge of family-centered practices.
  • Ability to communicate ideas and instructions orally and in writing.
  • Ability to write reports and business correspondence.
  • Ability to speak before groups of individuals, such as Committees and Staff meetings.  

Why work for LSF? 

Ability to Make an Impact in Multiple Areas 

LSF offers several programs, spanning across a wide range of populations in need. This gives our team members an opportunity to learn and potentially work in programs outside of their direct area. Either way, members of the LSF family will play a part in transforming the lives of those in need.


A career at LSF means working and learning alongside talented professionals in a dynamic and inclusive environment. The values of our organization – OPEN-MINDED, COMPASSIONATE, GENEROUS, VISIONARY and HONESTY – drives each one of us.

 People working at Lutheran Services Florida treat each other like family. Whether you work on the front lines or work in an office, you share a common bond that is felt throughout the organization.

Growth Opportunities  

Because of the variety of programs we offer throughout Florida, team members have the option to explore areas of interest in other programs or grow within their existing program/department.

Amazing benefits package including: 

  • Medical, dental and vision
  • Teledoc (24/7 access to doctors via phone and video)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Long-term disability
  • Employer paid life insurance (1X salary), AD&D
  • Health and dependent care FSA
  • Paid holidays
  • Generous PTO policy
  • 403(b) Retirement plan with 3% discretionary employer match
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • LifeMart Employee Discount Program

Additional Voluntary Benefits 

  • Short-term disability
  • Group life insurance
  • Accident, critical illness/Cancer and hospital policy
  • Legal Shield coverage

Lutheran Services Florida is an equal opportunity employer and a drug free workplace.

Lutheran Services Florida Children & Head Start Services

2210 Tall Pines Drive Largo, FL 33771




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