Public health nurses are the backbone of Nurse-Family Partnership's success. Since the program’s beginning, nurses have been instrumental in shaping and delivering this evidence-based, community health program. Because of their specialized knowledge, the public health nurses who deliver the Nurse-Family Partnership program in their communities establish trusted relationships with young, at-risk mothers during home visits, providing guidance for the emotional, social, and physical challenges these first-time moms face as they prepare to become parents. But most importantly, Nurse-Family Partnership nurse home visitors make a measurable, long-lasting difference in the lives of their clients.
Spokane Nurse-Family Partnership currently consists of eight nurse home visitors. All nurses are specially trained, have a bachelor’s degree in nursing and many years of public health nursing experience. A full-time nurse can carry a caseload of no more than 25 clients. This allows them to work closely with the clients, provide education and support, and make a measurable, long-lasting difference in their lives.
While working with their nurse home visitor, many of the young women in the Nurse-Family Partnership program set goals for themselves for the very first time. The nurses call it “finding your heart’s desire” and know that goal setting is the first step toward accomplishment. Others look at this transformation and simply call it success.
“We're working directly within people's lives”
"Yes, it's a hard job. But we love it because we know it's a valuable one. We don't take lightly the fact that we're working directly with people's lives. We know we have a hand in the future." - Nurse-Family Partnership Nurse Home Visitor
“Strength and encouragement”
“My family is stronger because of family and friends who have listened, loved and supported us through the many ups and downs of life. Nurse Family Partnership gives me the chance to share that strength and encouragement with new moms and their families!” - Nurse-Family Partnership Nurse Home Visitor
“Follow your heart’s desire ”
“Many people struggle with making choices. Choices create change. Choices impact your life. Your nurse home visitor will provide resources to help you establish goals and follow your heart’s desire.” - Nurse-Family Partnership Program Manager