The South Dakota Department of Health’s programs and services help prevent illness and injury, promote healthy places to live, work and play; provide education to help people make good health decisions; prepare for, respond to, and prevent public health threats; and support efforts to enhance quality and accessibility of healthcare. Our services touch the lives of every person in the state of South Dakota.
We recognize that employees are our most valuable resource and we are committed to promoting a culture of excellence in DOH. We trust our employees to be innovative, challenge existing processes, and make the best decisions. We are interested in employing a diverse and skilled workforce that exhibits the values of leadership, accountability, communication, integrity, and teamwork. Public health is a diverse and growing field that offers many career options for people from a variety of educational backgrounds. Imagine yourself as part of a winning team that is making the lives of South Dakotans healthier and safer.
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This opening is for a full-time Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) with the SD Department of Health in the Minnehaha County Community Health office located in Sioux Falls, SD. The LPN will work under the direction of a Public Health Manager with a local team that includes RNs, Registered Dietitians, other health professionals and para-professionals. May provide a variety of program services including Women, Infants, and Children’s Program(WIC) to promote nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices, pregnancy related services to promote healthy outcomes, immunizations, school-based preventive health services, public health emergency preparedness, health education to individuals, families, and communities, and other public health services. Accountabilities include psychosocial, physical, nutritional, and other health related assessments within the LPN scope of practice for individuals and populations to determine needs; assisting with the development of client-centered plans of care with measurable outcomes, provision of care to meet identified outcomes; documentation of services to maintain accurate client records and facilitate continuity of care; assisting with the evaluation of interventions and progress towards meeting goals.
Lifting required to complete anthropometric measurements of infants and young children. Hours extending beyond the 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. workday and on Saturdays may be required. Travel to satellite clinic sites, meetings, trainings may be required.
Licenses and Certifications:
Must be licensed or be eligible to be licensed as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in South Dakota.
The Ideal Candidate Will Have:
Must communicate effectively, demonstrate empathy and integrity, maintain professional knowledge, and adhere to standards of nursing practice. Must use sound judgement, analysis, and discretion within the framework of defined policies, procedures, and scope of practice. Must demonstrate professionalism, flexibility, and excellent customer service. The ideal candidate will be organized, plan ahead, and set goals and priorities. Must be able to develop and maintain effective working relationships with clients and families, co-workers, and community partners. Will assist individuals/families/community in identifying strategies to help achieve and maintain optimal health. The ideal candidate will work cooperatively with his/her team to help achieve Department of Health public health strategic goals, and will demonstrate a commitment to representing the Department of Health’s mission, vision, and values.
- public health principles and practices;
- maternal, infant, and child health and nutrition;
- childhood immunizations;
- infant safe sleep practices;
- infant/child developmental milestones.
- motivate participants to make decisions/set goals on how they would like to improve their health ;
- provide nutrition and health information effectively via one-to-one and in group settings; virtual settings (zoom, teams, telemedicine); phone and text; and/or online;
- share education at the client’s level of understanding;
- prioritize and facilitate referrals within the context of multiple and complicated client needs;
- apply federal and state regulations; policies and procedures in the functions of the position;
- work both autonomously and collaboratively in a team environment, demonstrate flexibility;
- demonstrate cultural competency when working with socioeconomically and culturally diverse populations;
- recognize opportunities for outreach, marketing, and partnership building;
- communicate effectively with language interpreters either in-person, by phone, or during virtual service delivery;
- multitask, prioritize complex situations and adapt to quickly shifting priorities;
- identify and propose solutions for barriers preventing access to services.