Newborn Screening QA & Education Coordinator

Recruitment #210401-UNCX-151


The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is committed to providing quality health services to Oklahoma citizens. The mission of the Department of Health is to promote, protect and improve the health of all Oklahomans through strategies that focus on preventing disease and injuries.

OSDH is seeking a full time Newborn Screening Quality Assurance and Education Coordinator(Registered Nurse III) providing support to Screening and Special Services. This is a classified position (PIN #34001390) in state government, located in Oklahoma City, OK. OSDH offers a comprehensive Benefits Packageincluding a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependents.  For more information about the benefit allowance [click here]. The annual salary for this position is up to $63,258.00, based on education and experience.

Position Description
The Newborn Screening Quality Assurance and Education Coordinator is responsible for providing education to all hospitals, providers, county health departments, and other stakeholders throughout Oklahoma. The position is to provide ongoing quality assurance and measure the effectiveness of the Newborn Screening Program’s activities to ensure the Program maintains the enhanced professional development that promotes the delivery of cost-effective high quality case management.

Position Responsibilities /Essential Functions
• Review and monitor cases to ensure case management activities are appropriate
• Ensure all abnormal screenings, including unsatisfactory specimens, receive follow-up
• Monitor and manage changes in the NBS case management system
• Update policy and procedure manuals as needed
• Update Public Health Nurse guidelines and orders annually
• Streamline the NBS Programs activities
• Provide quality assurance expertise to identify possible errors in newborn screening procedures and develop/implement improvement plans as preventative measures
• Develop Quarterly and Annual NBS Case Reports
• Develop and disseminate monthly NBS Hospitals Reports
• Coordinate daily case management for newborns screened for all disorders through the Newborn Screening Program (NSP), a statuary program for all newborns statewide.
• Independently plan, organize, and complete complex assignments and tailor detailed care plans applicable to the individualized nature of each condition for infants that are at high risk for rapid status change, cognitive delay and death secondary to an abnormal screen.
• Coordinate with hospitals and health care providers to ensure appropriate follow up testing and treatment are scheduled and received.
• Mentor health care providers and families of newborns with negative screenings to ensure that appropriate teaching and education is provided to parents regarding results.
• Provide technical support for physicians and other medical professionals related to newborn screening.
• Adhere to time critical schedules and provide specialized knowledge related to disease process.
• Coordinate with long term follow up specialists and nurses to develop follow up procedures and referral processes for primary health care providers.
• Develop, plan, organize, and present education to healthcare providers and birthing hospitals across Oklahoma
•  Organize and lead long term follow up work group meetings and other meetings as assigned
• Attend conferences and educational sessions as directed
• Develop and provide presentations for State and National public health conferences.
• Research disorders to identify any necessary evidenced based changes needed to protocols or recommendations
• Knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to the services provided of the programs offered
• Train new nurses or supportive staff
• Other duties as assigned.
Other Duties
• Demonstrate knowledge of and support mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior.
• Work effectively in team environment, participating and assisting their peers.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Education and Experience
Requirements consist of possession of a valid Oklahoma license as a registered nurse as approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing or, Registered Nurse License recognized by the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) and two years of professional nursing experience. A Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and/ or experience in Newborn Screening, Neonatal/Pediatric Nursing, case management, and/or project management experience is preferred.

Valued Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• This position requires specialized knowledge of the newborn screening process, diseases and complex medical interventions.
• Knowledge of professional nursing theory, practices, and techniques; of health promotion and disease prevention; of nursing management of available health care resources; of nutrition and diet therapy; of the functions of various clinical departments; of available health programs and resources; of federal and state rules and regulations concerning health services; of accreditation, certification and licensure standards; of preventive health practices; of principles and methods of teaching; of nursing standards; and of nursing policies and procedures.
• Ability is required to identify conditions, signs and symptoms, diagnostic testing, treatment and potential outcomes; to develop, plan, and implement an effective nursing care program and to provide education and training; to assess condition and needs of patients, families and communities appropriate to the care setting; to take appropriate intervention; to counsel and teach patients and families; and to provide direction or guidance to non-licensed personnel in assigned area of responsibility to ensure quality care.
• Effective leadership and communication skills are essential.
• Must have excellent organizational and time management skills.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:
This position is set in an office environment. While performing the duties of the job, employees are frequently required to stand, walk, lift, and reach.
Applicants must be willing to perform all job-related travel associated with this position.


If education, certification or licensure is required to meet qualifications, applicants must provide documentation at the time of interview.

All applicants are subject to a background check and must be legally authorized to work in the United States without visa sponsorship.


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Veteran's Preference Points Apply only for initial appointment in the Classified Service.