Immunization Specialist- LPN
Job Title: Immunization Specialist – LPN
Reports To: Vaccine Program Manager
Job Summary: Assists Vaccine and Infection Control RN with goals of Public Health Programs Department to improve immunization rates throughout service area. Includes community immunization events, an emphasis on pediatric vaccinations, and management of the immunization program in assigned health centers as needed.
Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:
The job duties and responsibilities listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Other duties that fall within the broad scope of this classification may be assigned.
- Assists in Management of Immunization Administration
- Assists as assigned in the planning and execution of immunization efforts both within CCHCI facilities and via outreach to communities, populations, and individuals throughout CCHCI’s service area, with an emphasis on pediatric populations, special populations, etc.
- Manages all patient vaccine data, including updating Arizona State Immunization Information System (ASIIS), Electronic Health Records (EHR), and all patient and/or external records at each patient visit.
- Works closely with Vaccine and Infection Control RN and Manager of Public Health Programs to develop innovative and creative approaches to increasing immunization rates, improving accessibility to vaccines for vulnerable populations.
- Readies any available immunization information prior to the time of patient’s immunization.
- Stores and administers immunizations according to VFA/VFC guidelines.
- Participates in the development of policies and procedures regarding immunization practices.
- Identifies patient immunization requirements in accordance with age specific needs and protocols.
- Fills out appropriate immunization paperwork for recording purposes.
- Facilitates vaccine inventory control at assigned health center.
- Utilizes file maintenance to ensure newly arrived vaccines are entered in the EHR system.
- Acts as a liaison between providers and care givers.
- Generates reports on patients and contacts them for immunization compliance and updates.
- Assists in ensuring compliance with infection control policies and protocols and follows medication administration, storage procedures and CDC and federal VFA/VFC program guidelines.
- Working assigned early mornings, evening and weekend shifts is require
- Participates in grant management and reporting. Ensures all pertinent grant deliverables are met.
- Travels throughout service area as needed.
Minimum Qualifications - Education, Experience, Certificates & Licenses:
- Active Arizona Licensed Practical Nurse license required.
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification required.
- Valid Fingerprint Clearance Card required.
- Driver's License and Proof of Insurance may be required if requesting mileage reimbursement or driving a CCHCI vehicle.
Preferred Qualifications – Education, Experience, Certificates & Licenses:
- Two years of experience in clinical setting is preferred.
Required Language Skills:
- Ability to comprehend and compose instructions, correspondence, and communications in English in both oral and written format.
- Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred.
- Ability to frequently exert enough force to move objects weighing up to 25 pounds.
- Ability to continuously remain in a stationary position.
- Ability to constantly move about inside the workplace to assist patients, operate office or medical equipment, etc.
- Possesses hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to constantly operate computer, telephone, other office machinery, and medical equipment.
- Possesses close visual acuity necessary to accurately record and view information on a computer monitor, handwritten and typed documents.
- Ability to discern the nature of sounds at a normal spoken volume.
- Possesses range of body motion and ability to exert enough force to lift and move adult and pediatric patients.
Other Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Ability to perform basic medical math that may include the use of ratio/proportion, dosage calculation, metric and household equivalents, roman numerals, abbreviations, and general math including percentages, etc.
- Ability to gather data in an organized fashion from varied sources.
- Ability to perform variety of assignments requiring independent judgment.
- Ability to resolve challenges and work under pressure.
- Knowledge of health plans and community health centers preferred.
- Knowledge of HIPAA rules and regulations.
- Knowledge of VFC program and guidelines preferred.
- Computer literacy required.
- Knowledge of Electronic Health Records preferred.
Work Environment & Conditions:
- Work environment is typical of a health clinic setting with occasional exposure to communicable diseases, bodily fluids, and hazardous chemicals.
- Work frequently involves use of needles and other medical equipment with proximity to electrical current, and exposure to moving mechanical parts and some hazardous chemicals.
- Work requires reliable transportation as position requires occasional travel and extended hours to include early mornings, evenings, holidays, and weekends.