Immunization Nurse

    • Job Tracking ID: 2021-926
    • Job Location: Petaluma, CA
    • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
    • Level of Education: Any
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: August 18, 2021
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

Summary: The Immunization Nurse seeks to protect the community and staff from vaccine preventable disease by providing education and immunizations to the community and staff at Petaluma Health Center. The Immunizations Nurse helps ensure adequate supply of vaccines and compliance with all county, state and federal vaccine programs regulations. The Immunization Nurse assists with staff training and quality improvement activities to increase vaccination rates and decrease errors. The Immunization Nurse also assists the Occupational Health department as needed in the areas of pre-employment and annual health screening of volunteers and employees, education, health promotion programs and assisting in meeting all state and federal regulations.

 

Immunization Nurse Responsibilities

  • Ensure compliance with state and federal COVID vaccine programs, including online and internal reporting of inventory and expiration dates, ordering of vaccines, and proper storage and handling.
  • Provide direct patient care services (screening for contraindications, immunization administration, documentation) at COVID vaccine clinics, flu clinics, and during patient appointments, as needed.
  • In collaboration with MA Vaccine Coordinators, ensure compliance with Vaccines for Children and Vaccines for Adults Program. 
  • In collaboration with MA Vaccine Coordinators, ensure compliance with the State Flu Vaccine Program. This includes tracking orders, usage, expirations, and reporting for all State supplied vaccines.
  • Maintain the data logger calendar for calibration and work with MA Vaccine Coordinators to ensure proper communication and timely calibration of all data loggers.
  • Responsible for conducting internal immunization audits in collaboration with Quality Management. Assist with electronic recall protocols for vaccines for adults and children and case manage recalls
  • Provide updated educational materials and information to patients and parents. Responsible for planning education, training, and updates for all staff with vaccine related information including Public Health & CDC updates, vaccine safety tips, and patient education.
  • Assess and evaluates the immunization status and needs of patients and staff through knowledge of vaccine preventable disease, immunization guidelines, vaccine schedules, and state, federal, and international guidelines. Interprets international immunization records.
  • Review and strategize to improve immunization rates in collaboration with the Quality Improvement team.
  • Communicate vaccine changes and updates with the ECW Help team and data team.
  • Audit immunization supplies as needed in collaboration with the Purchasing Department
  • Responsible for maintenance, audits, and annual updates of the immunization manuals for each team in collaboration with the team manager and/or the Vaccine Coordinators.
  • Manage special vaccine clinics such as the annual flu clinics or other vaccine clinics as arise in response to public health mandates.
  • Review and supervise the ordering of appropriate vaccines, stocking, and tracking of vaccines in collaboration with the Chief Medical Officer and Purchasing Department
  • Audit and maintain required documentation of vaccine stock, storage and vaccine administered through the electronic system
  • Monitor CAIR (California Immunization Registry) and electronic record interface for updates and training
  • Maintain patient records created outside the electronic system for patients receiving immunizations but no primary care services.
  • Coordinate & manage annual flu vaccine delivery and flu clinics in collaboration with Operations and Purchasing.
  • Attend meetings at Sonoma County Department of Public Health and educational programs from the Vaccines for Children Program and share information with health center staff.
  • Maintain relationships with other VFC program providers (clinics and schools)

 

Occupational Health Responsibilities:

  • Assists with reviewing occupational health records and immunizations for prospective employees, volunteers, students and interns in collaboration with Human Resources to ensure that all staff, students, and volunteers entering the Center are compliant with CDC guidelines for immunity.
  • Provides immunizations, tuberculosis testing, and FIT mask testing as needed for new staff based on the department and role of the health care worker or support staff.
  • Assists with review and maintenance of occupational health records as needed for staff, students, externs, and volunteers.
  • Assists with updating immunizations and initiating mandated vaccines as per state/federal guidelines to employees on an annual and as needed basis
  • Communicates with staff to ensure that annual tuberculosis screening is completed for all staff with exposure risk by CDC classification.
  • Assist with the campaign for staff flu vaccination during the flu season.

Experience and Skills:

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

 

 **New employees are mandated to either provide proof of their COVID vaccination or to receive the vaccine, either through PHC or their own provider, with the first dose of a series required before the first day of employment. Exception to this mandate will be considered for those with a medical or religious exemption.


Education/Experience:

  • Must have a valid CA Registered Nurse License
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in an ambulatory care setting preferred
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience working with Department of Health, Occupational Health Nurse, or as a vaccine nurse in a clinic preferred.

 

Desired Skills:

  • Demonstrated clinical skills
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision

 

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Candidate must be able to successfully meet PHC’s credentialing and privileging requirements
  • Current RN license

 

Language Skills: Bilingual in English and Spanish, both written and verbal preferred.

 

Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.

 

Reasoning Ability: Ability to recognize problems, collect data and establish facts.

 

Computer Skills: Proficient in MS Office (Word, Excel and Outlook), electronic medical records and use of a web browser.