Job Description

Job Title:                       Vaccine & Infection Control Nurse

Reports To:                   Chief Operation Officer

Job Summary:                     Manages Vaccine Program for Chiricahua Community Health Centers (CCHCI). Supervises and directs Immunization Specialists.  Ensures organizational compliance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations related to infection control and assures infection control policies and procedures are being followed. Provides infection control leadership and promotes staff and patient safety.

                                                                                                                                                                       

Qualifications and Requirements:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  This job description in no way implies that these are the only duties to be performed and may be modified, interpreted and/or applied in any way, as necessary.  Maintaining regular and punctual attendance is required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

 

Essential Job Duties:

  • Provides Vaccine Program Vision, Development, Management & Training
  • Provides and carries out a vision of data-driven vaccine program excellence and continuous improvement.
  • Supervises Immunization Specialists, to include hiring, training, evaluating, and conducting disciplinary actions and other personnel actions as required.
  • Oversees and manages all aspects of CCHCI Vaccine Programs.
  • Facilitates vaccine inventory control at all health centers and clinics.
  • Ensures program and medical support staff operate in compliance with policies, procedures, federal and state laws, as well as CDC and federal VFA/VFC program guidelines.
  • Develops protocols and/or policies and procedures and standing orders for the medical support staff regarding operations and management of vaccine programs.
  • Develops and updates Medical Support Staff (MSS) workflow concerning vaccine management and administration.
  • Reviews and updates all immunization forms regularly ensuring they meet Federal and State regulatory requirements.
  • Conducts regular center audits to ensure immunization management initiatives are of good quality and that center standards are met by adhering to requirements of governing agencies.
  • Produces immunization operational reports and conducts monthly quality assurance audits of medical support staff regarding immunization administration and documentation.
  • Provides staff orientation and ongoing education for Vaccine Program.
  • Develops and implements educational materials and training.
  • Completes various related special projects, which may require reviewing and analyzing information, identifying problems, recommending solutions, auditing, and writing reports.
  • Monitor’s productivity of Immunization Specialists and works with informatics to produce dashboard reports for regular review.
  • Provides input and supports implementation of Clinical Quality, Meaningful Use, Patient Centered Medical Home, and other health center initiatives.
  • Engages in strategic planning activities and implements strategic decisions to achieve vaccine quality measure goals.  
  • Attends and participates in CQIs, and other staff meetings as needed.
  • Educates and ensures staff understanding and compliance of CCHCI policies, procedures and standing orders.

 

  • Infection Control
  • Evaluates and implements infection prevention and control measures in health centers.
  • Develop policies and procedures within the organization related to infection control.
  • Will be responsible for all pre-employment testing and vaccination processes (including Hepatitis B, Influenza and COVID-19), annual N95/TB/Influenza testing and/or vaccinations, and the management of potential blood exposures, employee illnesses and disease outbreaks.
  • Collaborate with various departments and colleagues, including Clinical Leadership, Operations, Corporate Compliance/Risk Management, Human Resources, Quality, and others as needed to implement infection prevention and control measures.
  • Utilize internal and external data for tracking and analysis of infectious disease data among CCHCI patients.
  • Recommends, implements, and monitors policies and procedures for health center staff regarding sterilization, disinfection and decontamination of personnel, instruments, and equipment.
  • Ensures compliance with state and federal requirements and accreditation bodies.
  • Establish standard methods of care, utilizing evidence-based practice and best practice standards for infectious control measures.
  • Use epidemiological principles and statistical methods to design, implement and evaluate infection prevention and control strategies.
  • Participate in infection prevention and control education of employees during orientation and regularly thereafter.
  • Serve as a member of the Infection Prevention and Control Committee to determine the direction of surveillance activities and actively evaluate effectiveness of the Infection Prevention and Control Plan.
  • Notify the County and/or State Health Department of any reportable diseases, adhering to all internal county and state procedures.
  • Coordinate closely with other infectious disease control and prevention efforts throughout the organization.

 

                    

Required Education, Experience, Certificates & Licenses:

  • Degree from an accredited LPN, RN, BSN, or MSN program.
  • Experience with vaccines and/or infectious disease prevention preferred.
  • Supervisory or other leadership experience preferred.
  • Any combination of education and/or experience that provides the necessary skills and sensitivity.
  • Current Unrestricted Arizona State Nursing (LPN, RN, BSN, or MSN) license.
  • At least one years’ experience working as LPN, RN, BSN, or MSN.
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification required.
  • Valid Fingerprint Clearance Card required.
  • Driver's License and Proof of Insurance may be required if requesting mileage reimbursement.

 

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 is preferred, but not required.
  • Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to patients, internal providers and staff and other agency staff working in cooperation with the organization.

Physical Requirements:

  • 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 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 skillfully gather and analyze data.
  • Ability to perform a variety of assignments with little or no direct supervision.
  • Ability to resolve challenges and work under pressure.
  • Knowledge of health plans and community health centers preferred.
  • Knowledge of the responsibilities associated with the VFC program, the reporting requirements with the State of Arizona, and CCHCI protocols, policies, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of HIPAA and Corporate Compliance rules and regulations.
  • Computer literacy required.
  • Knowledge of Electronic Health Records preferred.
  • Ability to prioritize and plan work activities, use time efficiently and develop realistic action plans.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills with ability to build effective teams.

 

Work Environment & Conditions:

  • Work environment is typical of a health clinic setting with occasional exposure to communicable diseases, bodily fluids, and hazardous chemicals.
  • Work occasionally 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 frequent travel and extended hours to include early mornings, evenings, and weekends.