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SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County Public Health Clinic is scouting for two new nurses. One county and one state-supported position are expected to be vacated in the coming weeks.
“Public Health is unique in that we are run by both the state and the county,” Nurse Manager Lisa Silcox said, indicating the facility operates on financial resources from both entities.
The state-supported position centers on testing and counseling for sexually transmitted diseases. Registered Nurse Toby Granger, who has acted as a public spokesperson and community liaison for the center, announced he has accepted a position at Sheridan Memorial Hospital.
The county-sponsored vacancy focuses on maternal and child health, and will join registered nurse Josie Stewart in conducting home visits for new parents to provide encouragement and customized help with baby skills including safe sleeping practices, breastfeeding and watching for developmental milestones.
“Our ultimate goal is to have a better outcome for the baby and the family,” Stewart said, adding that the state’s home visit modules are an integration of a state-level initiative to increase confidence and proficiency for families welcoming a new member. Stewart also said the clinic currently averages around four home visits per week, and the program is growing.
As far as the search for candidates, Silcox said Sheridan’s dynamics provide for a promising pool of candidates.
“There definitely is a shortage of nurses nationwide,” she said, adding that the community has an advantage to avoid the pitfalls of finding qualified workers. “It helps that we have a community college with a nursing program here.”
Silcox said interest in both positions has been high. She’s ready to begin interviews for the state position, and the application cutoff for the county position is Friday.