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WIC New Staff Training
A training and staff development program for local WIC agency staff is key to maintaining quality services. The following steps, in addition to on-the-job training, will assure new WIC staff will have the knowledge and skills to perform their role in the WIC clinic.
All new WIC staff must go through an initial training program. New staff must either complete all New Staff Training Plan activities or complete a similar training program provided by the local agency.
- Training provided by the local agency must cover all topics included in the state New Staff Training Plan.
- The New Staff Training Plan and Preceptor Guide is frequently updated. Agencies should regularly assure their agency-specific training plan is comparable.
- If you have questions about your local agency training, contact your State Consultant.
NOTE: Agencies can request a tracking document from Carole.email@example.com to update the local agency training plan and assure it is comparable to the state training plan.
The New Staff Training Plan and Preceptor Guide (WORD):
- Offers a comprehensive outline of WIC training required to attain minimum competencies.
- Lists training activities and resources for each core WIC function.
- Defines preceptor role in new staff training.
- Lists required training based on staff role. Refer to the Required Training by Job Classification and WIC Clinic Role.
- Includes training resources Minnesota WIC developed and materials from other sources.
REQUIREMENT: Save an electronic (or paper) copy for each employee. Check off and date the training activities on the guide.
Only Minnesota WIC-developed materials related to WIC overview, certification and assessment procedures, nutrition education and counseling are included here. Links to other resources are found in the New Staff Training Plan and Preceptor Guide (WORD).
Training resources are listed by the phase of training and correspond to the training plan.
NST PHASE 1
Security Training Modules (Required annually for all staff)
Overview of Certification (PDF)
Breastfeeding Promotion Module (PDF)
Anthropometrics Module - 60 minutes - Required for all staff that do Anthropometric measurements.
- Lifecycle Series Anthropometrics Transcript (PDF)
- MN WIC Anthropometrics Guidebook - Preceptor (WORD)
- MN WIC Anthropometrics Guidebook - Trainee (WORD)
- Anthropometrics Posttest (WORD)
Anthropometric Manual (PDF) - Reference for MN WIC specific anthropometric procedures and equipment requirements.
Introduction to Hematological Assessment (PDF)
NST PHASE II
Nutrition Assessment Module (PDF)
Introduction to Risk Code Assignment (PDF)
- Complete the Risk Code Practice Workbook (PDF)
Nutrition Education Module - 36 minutes (Script - PDF)
- Complete the Nutrition Education Module Discussion Guide (PDF)
Civil Rights Training (Required annually for all WIC staff)
NST PHASE III
Basic Nutrition Modules. Complete:
- Micronutrients and Water
- Energy Balance and Metabolism
- Nutrition Related Diseases
- Putting it into Practice
Pregnancy Nutrition Modules. Complete:
- Nutrition and Weight Gain During Pregnancy
- Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy and Gestational Diabetes
Infant Nutrition Modules. Complete:
- Infant Feeding
- Introduction to Infant Formula
- Standard Infant Formula
- Introduction to Solid Foods
Child Nutrition Modules. Complete:
- Pediatric Overweight and Obesity
- Iron Deficiency Anemia in Women and Children
- Counseling Skills:
Midwest Participant-Centered Training Video. The DVD was sent to local agencies in early May 2013. View the DVD. Contact Sandy.Sather@state.mn.us if you need another DVD.
MN WIC Baby Behavior Preceptor Guide (PDF)
MN WIC Toddler Behavior Preceptor Guide (PDF)
NST PHASE IV
High Risk Counseling
- Module 1: High Risk Care Policy and Criteria (Script - PDF)
- Module 2: Providing High Risk Care (Script - PDF)
- Module 3: Documenting High Risk Care and Follow-up (Script - PDF)
Staff should become familiar with the Implications for WIC Services for each high risk condition. The Implications provide screening or assessment recommendations specific to the risk code along with suggestions for nutrition counseling related to the risk code. Implications for WIC Services are found in the Allowed WIC Nutrition Risk Criteria section. Open the applicable risk code and scroll down to the Implications for WIC Services header. As Allowed WIC Nutrition Risk Criteria are updated on the national level, Implications for WIC Services are added to the criteria. If an Implications for WIC Services section is not yet available for a "High Risk" risk code, a Minnesota specific section is being developed and added in the interim.
Working with Language Interpreters
Breastfeeding Education and Skill Development
WIC Breastfeeding Support-How Front-line Staff Promote Breastfeeding (PDF)
Staff and Supervisor Discussion Tool- How Front-line Staff Can Promote and Support Breastfeeding (WORD)