Maternal & Child Health - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

Maternal & Child Health

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Job Description


Maternal and child health professionals are part of the swiftly expanding public health sector in the United States, centered around medical care needed by women, children, and families.

They keep women informed about family planning and sexual reproductive medical services, work to make pregnant women healthier, and increase the health and vaccination rates of young children.

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Responsibilities

 

A maternal and child health specialist researches and tests ways to improve the health delivery system for mothers and their children. This involves not only using applied research, but also educating patients and healthcare workers and functioning in an advocacy role as well.

They are often at the forefront of developing, analyzing, and implementing maternity-related public health programs, which may be at the local, state, national, or international level.

Common responsibilities of maternal and child health specialists include:

  • Monitoring the local area to assess overall health concerns.

  • Developing and implementing policy changes and plans to meet any health services needs that arise in a given community.

  • Provide outreach services, informing the community about matters of maternal and child health and social services.

  • Gathering information and preparing child and/or family data reports.

  • Attend required meetings, events, or training seminars as necessary.

  • Maintaining effective communication with a wide array of individuals to reach strategic goals.

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Skills

 

Communication

Must effectively communicate with your co-workers to ensure the best care and the proper procedures. Must be able to communicate in high-stress environments.

Active Listening

Offering your full attention to an individual person or group in order to fully understand problems and their nature.

Critical Thinking

Must use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Judgment and Decision Making

Needs to be able to act autonomously and make difficult decisions that would benefit the patient or make corrections. Must consider all benefits and repercussions of potential actions and choose the appropriate one. 

Complex Problem Solving

Must be able to identify complex problems and develop and evaluate corrective options and implement solutions. 

Stress Management

Must be able to endure intense situations and handle pressure that comes with extreme situations you may encounter.

Trustworthiness

Must be trustworthy because you have people's lives in your hands and what you do could help or hurt them. They are entrusted with a great responsibility and must live up to it. 

Perceptiveness

Gauging how people react and read their body language to decipher their feelings and predict their actions. They must be able to determine if people could be a risk to themselves or others and to distinguish truths from lies.

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Working Conditions

 

Due to the far-flung and growing demand for public health experts, maternal and child health specialists can find careers in both the private and public sectors.

Hospitals, clinics, insurance companies, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working both nationally and abroad need experts in maternal and child health care.

The same is true of many government organizations at both the state and federal levels.

Like other public health care managers and researchers, working conditions vary widely for maternal and child health experts.

They often work in an administrative or research capacity and may have a regular 40 hour workweek. Working more closely with patients, advocacy, and research may all result in overtime or other alternate scheduling. 

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
02.10.2017
This full time, benefit eligible, exempt Nurse Manager will oversee the Ridgeview Maternal Child Health Units. RN, BSN, and previous clinical experience is required. Purpose of Job Provides leadership for the delivery of safe, effective and...
04.07.2017
We have a Fulltime Registered Nurse opening in our Maternal Child-Labor & Delivery Unit. Minimum 1 year nursing experience is preferred. A current Louisiana Registered Nurse license is required. The principle tasks, duties and...
02.20.2017
Utilizing the Nursing Process, coordinates and implements care of patients within an assigned unit of the hospital under the direction of the Nurse Manager/Patient Care Manager. Performs work of considerable difficulty. Represents nursing...
02.03.2017
Utilizing the Nursing Process, coordinates and implements care of patients within an assigned unit of the hospital under the direction of the Nurse Manager/Patient Care Manager. Performs work of considerable difficulty. Represents nursing...
04.21.2017
Carle is looking for a hospital chaplain to meet the pastoral and spiritual needs of patients, visitors, and staff on the NICU, Labor & Delivery, Post-Partum, and Pediatrics floors. This person will collaborate with an interdisciplinary team...
04.21.2017
This physician will join an employed group of over 600 physicians in Indianapolis, IN. Highlights Community Health Network is seeking a fellowship trained, BE/BC Maternal-Fetal Medicine physician to join a thriving, hospital-based practice in...
03.24.2017
Current MS RN Licensure; previous labor & delivery experience preferred.
03.24.2017
HS Diploma/GED; Current CPR; Current CNA certification; prior scrub tech or CNA experience preferred; ability to work in a fast paced environment.
04.21.2017
This physician will join an employed group of over 600 physicians in Indianapolis, IN. Highlights Community Health Network is seeking a fellowship trained, BE/BC Maternal-Fetal Medicine physician to serve as Medical Director of a thriving,...
10.03.2016
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10.03.2016
Additional Job Information Title: Registered Nurse I - RN I City, State: Tulsa,OK Location: St. John Medical Center Department: Float Staffing 001 Additional Job Details: PRN Days var RichTextValue =...
04.07.2017
Minimum 1 year nursing experience is preferred. A current Louisiana Registered Nurse license is required.  
04.21.2017
This is a Temporary Full Time position (Benefits Offered) from 08/01/17 to 11/30/17. 80 hours/two week pay period. 8:00am-4:30pm M-F. Responsible for both patient and family interventions as well as the development of the Child &...
04.21.2017
***Position will cover the NICU and Radiology Departments*** Support Carilion's hallmarks of service excellence and quality for all job responsibilities. Provides psychosocial and development based assessments and support to children of all...
12.09.2016
As the Baystate Counselor for Child Partial you will be under the direction of the Program Manager and Clinical Supervisor you will be asked to perform a wide range of functions related to the care and treatment of patients in the Child Partial...
  1. Manager, RN - Maternal Child Health Waconia, MN Ridgeview Medical Center
    This full time, benefit eligible, exempt Nurse Manager will oversee the Ridgeview Maternal Child Health Units. RN, BSN, and previous clinical experience is required. Purpose of Job Provides leadership for the delivery of safe, effective and...
  2. RN - Maternal Child --- Labor & Delivery --- Fulltime New Iberia, LA Iberia Medical Center
    We have a Fulltime Registered Nurse opening in our Maternal Child-Labor & Delivery Unit. Minimum 1 year nursing experience is preferred. A current Louisiana Registered Nurse license is required. The principle tasks, duties and...
  3. RN Maternal Mother/Baby Bettendorf , IA UnityPoint Health Trinity
    Utilizing the Nursing Process, coordinates and implements care of patients within an assigned unit of the hospital under the direction of the Nurse Manager/Patient Care Manager. Performs work of considerable difficulty. Represents nursing...
  4. RN Maternal Mother/Baby Bettendorf , IA UnityPoint Health Trinity
    Utilizing the Nursing Process, coordinates and implements care of patients within an assigned unit of the hospital under the direction of the Nurse Manager/Patient Care Manager. Performs work of considerable difficulty. Represents nursing...
  5. Hospital Chaplain - Maternal Child Urbana, IL Carle Foundation
    Carle is looking for a hospital chaplain to meet the pastoral and spiritual needs of patients, visitors, and staff on the NICU, Labor & Delivery, Post-Partum, and Pediatrics floors. This person will collaborate with an interdisciplinary team...
  6. Maternal Fetal Medicine Indianapolis, IN Community Health Network
    This physician will join an employed group of over 600 physicians in Indianapolis, IN. Highlights Community Health Network is seeking a fellowship trained, BE/BC Maternal-Fetal Medicine physician to join a thriving, hospital-based practice in...
  7. Registered Nurse - Maternal Child Center Greenville, MS Delta Regional Medical Center
    Current MS RN Licensure; previous labor & delivery experience preferred.
  8. Scrub Tech - Maternal Child Center Greenville, MS Delta Regional Medical Center
    HS Diploma/GED; Current CPR; Current CNA certification; prior scrub tech or CNA experience preferred; ability to work in a fast paced environment.
  9. OB/GYN - Maternal Fetal Medicine Indianapolis, IN Community Health Network
    This physician will join an employed group of over 600 physicians in Indianapolis, IN. Highlights Community Health Network is seeking a fellowship trained, BE/BC Maternal-Fetal Medicine physician to serve as Medical Director of a thriving,...
  10. Registered Nurse - / RN I / Maternal-Child Float / St. John Medical Center / FT Nights / 72 Hours B Tulsa, OK St. John Health System
    Additional Job Information Title: RN I City, State: Tulsa, OK Location: St. John Medical Center Department: Float Staffing 001 Additional Job Details: FT Nights / 72 Hours Bi-Weekly var RichTextValue =...
  11. Registered Nurse I - RN I / Maternal Child Float / St. John Medical Center / PRN Days Tulsa, OK St. John Health System
    Additional Job Information Title: Registered Nurse I - RN I City, State: Tulsa,OK Location: St. John Medical Center Department: Float Staffing 001 Additional Job Details: PRN Days var RichTextValue =...
  12. RN - MATERNAL CHILD - LABOR & DELIVERY - PRN New Iberia, LA Iberia Medical Center
    Minimum 1 year nursing experience is preferred. A current Louisiana Registered Nurse license is required.  
  13. Child Life Specialist St. Cloud, MN CentraCare Health
    This is a Temporary Full Time position (Benefits Offered) from 08/01/17 to 11/30/17. 80 hours/two week pay period. 8:00am-4:30pm M-F. Responsible for both patient and family interventions as well as the development of the Child &...
  14. CHILD LIFE SPECIALIST Roanoke, VA Carilion Clinic
    ***Position will cover the NICU and Radiology Departments*** Support Carilion's hallmarks of service excellence and quality for all job responsibilities. Provides psychosocial and development based assessments and support to children of all...
  15. Child Counselor Per Diem Springfield, MA Baystate Health
    As the Baystate Counselor for Child Partial you will be under the direction of the Program Manager and Clinical Supervisor you will be asked to perform a wide range of functions related to the care and treatment of patients in the Child Partial...