Immunization Nurse - Mobile Grant Funded

South Bend, IN

Position: Immunization Nurse – Mobile Grant Funded

St. Joseph County Department of Health – Nursing Unit

Opening Date: July 10, 2024

Closing Date: Until Filled

Salary: Up to $63,482/year

Location: 227 W. Jefferson Blvd., South Bend, IN 46601 – 9th Floor

Status: Full Time/Health First Indiana - Grant Funded

Job Category: PAT (Professional, Administrative, Technological)

FLSA Status: Exempt

Incumbent serves as grant funded Immunization Nurse - Mobile for the St. Joseph County Department of Health, responsible for providing healthcare and education to County residents, ensuring compliance with established policies, practices, regulations, and professional and public health standards.

DUTIES:

Advises patients on needed routine vaccinations for various age groups based on Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.

Registers patients, recording demographic information, preparing patient charts, and entering medical details such as prior vaccines.

Reviews patient records to ensure accurate immunizations are being administered, explains to patients what immunizations are being administered, and provides information regarding immunizations, possible side effects, and remedies for side effects.

Prepares immunizations for injection using sterile technique, administers immunizations, and monitors patients for signs of anaphylactic reaction. Reviews patient assessments for contraindications. Prints and provides vaccine records for patients.

Educates the public on vaccine preventable diseases.

Maintains inventory of vaccines, monitors transportation and temperature of vaccines, investigates and responds to issues or discrepancies, orders vaccines, and submits inventory information to state and private vaccine providers.

Maintains current records and documentation of services provided, completing a variety of reports as required by supervisor, Board of Health, and regulating agencies.

May provide other clinic services such administering and reading results of tuberculosis (TB) tests.

Manages the care of clients using established protocols, ensuring compliance with applicable Department policies and procedures, Indiana Department of Health standards, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations, and all other federal and state laws relating to privacy, confidentiality, and service delivery.

Researches and maintains current knowledge of CDC and Indiana Department of Health guidelines.

Attends in-service programs and professional education workshops/training seminars as necessary.

Responds to telephone calls and questions from the public, including scheduling appointments, making referrals, counseling, and providing health-related information as appropriate.

Responds to public health emergencies on a 24-hour basis.

Performs related duties as assigned.

I. JOB REQUIREMENTS:

Associate degree in nursing required with Bachelor’s degree and previous experience in public health nursing preferred.

Possession of required certifications and training, including valid Indiana license as Registered Nurse, certification in Vaccines A-Z or equivalent, and other areas as required for public health programs and operations.

Ability to meet all hiring and retention requirements, including passage of drug test.

Thorough knowledge of public health laws and accepted principles and practices of public health nursing, with ability to effectively examine and screen individuals, assess needs, research professional medical resources, and provide information, treatments, assistance, and referrals as appropriate.

Practical knowledge of standard policies and practices of St Joseph County Department of Health. with ability to apply appropriate procedures accordingly.

Working knowledge of health and social services available to St. Joseph County residents, with ability to implement public health programs and facilitate referrals as appropriate.

Working knowledge of filing systems with ability to create and maintain accurate and complete Department files.

Working knowledge of standard office policies and procedures with computer skills, including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, email, internet, and Department-specific software systems such as state vaccine database, vaccine scheduling program, and medical records management systems, and ability to apply such knowledge to a variety of interrelated processes, tasks, and operations.

Working knowledge of standard English grammar, spelling, and punctuation, and ability to prepare documents, correspondence, and written reports as required.

Ability to effectively listen, comprehend, and communicate orally and in writing with co-workers, other County and City departments, state departments and agencies, medical laboratories, healthcare providers, and the public, including being sensitive to professional ethics, gender, cultural diversities, and disabilities.

Ability to competently serve the public with diplomacy and respect, including occasional encounters with irate or difficult persons.

Ability to provide public access to or maintain confidentiality of Department information and records according to state requirements and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Ability to properly operate a variety of standard office equipment such as computer and telephone and assigned medical equipment.

Ability to count, compute, and perform arithmetic operations.

Ability to compile, classify, and analyze data, and take action based on data analysis.

Ability to compare or observe similarities and differences between data, people, or things, and apply knowledge of people and locations.

Ability to copy data from one document to another and mail materials.

Ability to maintain inventory of medical supplies and vaccines.

Ability to understand, memorize, retain, and carry out written or oral instructions and present findings in oral or written form.

Ability to work alone with minimum supervision with others in a team environment.

Ability to work rapidly for long periods and work on several tasks at a time, occasionally under time pressure or amidst distractions.

Shall comply with all employer and Department policies and work rules, including, but not limited to, attendance, safety, drug-free workplace, and personal conduct.

Ability to present educational materials and maintain positive community support/public relations.

Ability to occasionally work extended, evening, or weekend hours and respond to public health emergencies on a 24-hour basis.

Possession of valid driver’s license and demonstrated safe driving record.

II. DIFFICULTY OF WORK:

Incumbent's work is broad in range and often requires careful consideration of complex circumstances and variables. Incumbent performs duties according to established policies and procedures, exercising judgment to effectively develop and maintain health programs, examine, and evaluate individuals, and provide information, counseling, treatment, assistance, and/or referrals.

III. RESPONSIBILITY:

Incumbent ensures proper implementation of public health programs, including examining, educating, testing, and treating individuals. Goals and objectives of incumbent’s work are known,

and work is reviewed primarily for compliance with Department policy and legal requirements. Decisions are restricted by only the broadest policy and/or guidance from supervisor, and unusual circumstances are discussed with supervisor at incumbent’s discretion.

IV. PERSONAL WORK RELATIONSHIPS:

Incumbent maintains frequent communication with co-workers, other County and City departments, state departments and agencies, medical laboratories, healthcare providers, and the public for purposes of exchanging information, instructing, and rendering service.

Incumbent reports directly to Director of Nursing.

V. PHYSICAL EFFORT AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:

Incumbent performs duties primarily in standard office and medical clinic environments sitting/walking at will, sitting/standing/walking for long periods, lifting/carrying objects weighing less than 50 pounds, pushing/pulling objects, bending, reaching, crouching/kneeling, keyboarding, handling/grasping/fingering objects, close/far vision, color/depth perception, hearing sounds/ communication, speaking clearly, and driving. Incumbent is exposed to irate or difficult persons. Incumbent is regularly exposed to normal health hazards associated with public health nursing for which universal health precautions must be followed to ensure safety of self and others, including wearing protective clothing or equipment.

Incumbent is required to occasionally work extended, evening, or weekend hours and is required to respond to public health emergencies on a 24-hour basis.