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Licensed Practical Nurse 1 or 2 - Immunization Program, Bremerton, WA


Organization: Kitsap Public Health District
Category: LPN/LVN
Location: Bremerton, WA
Date Job Posted: June 7, 2022
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Licensed Practical Nurse 1 or 2 - Immunization Program

Salary $3,392.00 - $4,772.00 Monthly
Location 98337-1866, WA
Job Type Regular Full-Time
Department Community Health Division
Job Number 2022-020
Closing 6/20/2022 11:59 PM Pacific

Job Summary

LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE
IMMUNIZATION PROGRAM

STATUS: Regular Full Time Appointment - 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday. Hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

BENEFITS: A comprehensive health benefit plan which includes medical, dental, and life coverage, generous paid time off, and twelve paid holidays per year. Includes participation in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), a defined benefit retirement plan managed by the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems.

DEFINITION

Under the direct supervision of the Immunization Program Manager, with guidance from public health nurses in the Immunization Team, the Immunization Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) will work within a multidisciplinary team of public health professionals, providing routine skilled nursing care in support of agency immunization efforts. The purpose of the immunization program and the distribution of state-supplied vaccines are to prevent vaccine-preventable communicable diseases. The incumbent may also provide nursing services related to immunizations and other communicable diseases including direct patient care services, epidemiological surveillance, and community health education for public and private providers. Immunization activities also include entering information in disease reporting and monitoring systems, communicating, and providing guidance to community partners, and providing prevention and intervention guidance and education as appropriate.

The incumbent is expected to have a comprehensive working knowledge of immunization practices, communicable disease control, and public health emergency preparedness.

This position is considered an in-office assignment and requires in-person interactions with staff and members of the public. Per District policy, employees are required to complete one of the recommended COVID-19 vaccination series (including the 2-week post vaccine waiting period) before starting this assignment. It is the District’s expectation that all employees who provide in-person services, both internally and externally, have completed their vaccination series to safely offer excellent public services to the community we serve.

If offered employment, the candidate must provide acceptable proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. If requesting an exemption for a medical disability or a sincerely held religious belief, a request for exemption will need to be completed and reviewed prior to completion of the hiring process. Appropriate forms will be provided during the hiring process.

Essential Functions

  • Provides guidance as needed to other Health District staff, private medical providers, community partners and the citizens of Kitsap County in the areas of communicable disease investigations and immunizations.
  • Assists in the coordination of vaccines provided through VFC and the Washington Vaccine Association to private providers. Assists in the updates of immunization protocols whenever there are changes in the ACIP recommendations and communicates these changes to all providers administering these vaccines in Kitsap County.
  • Assists team members in conducting periodic clinics, gives immunizations, arranges for clinic supplies, locations, and records.
  • Consults with members of the Immunization Team about client and community needs, variances from prescribed program, and other non-routine problems as they arise.
  • Provides consultation and training on vaccines administration and safety to providers and health care professional including TST administration and reading.
  • Participates in special projects and presentation related to communicable diseases, immunizations and emergency preparedness.
  • Provides cross-coverage for all other communicable disease and immunization program staff and other clinical services as needed.
  • Attends appropriate continuing educational courses, program specific training sponsored by the Department of Health and reviews educational material to keep current in communicable disease, public health emergency preparedness, and tuberculosis.
  • Participates in the preparation of standing orders for review, develops clinic forms, educational materials, and handouts.
  • According to standing orders, prepares and carries out immunizations per recommended schedules with patients and coordinates communications between various District and community resources for patient immunization recommendations.
  • Records and administers or oversees the administration of medications such as immunizations, vitamins, various drugs administered in various ways, such as topically, orally, intramuscularly, and subcutaneously, as directed.
  • Operates computers utilizing a variety of software programs, including database and word process application to produce written documents with clearly organized thoughts using proper sentence construction, punctuation and grammar.
  • Completes timely and accurate random moments to comply with contractual requirements of Medicaid Administrative Match.
  • Accurately completes and submits electronic time cards on a weekly basis as required.
  • Keeps current on, and complies with, HIPAA and other privacy regulations and policies.
  • Will participate in CD On-Call rotation as needed and responds to public health emergencies as required.
  • Demonstrates cultural competency and embeds health equity into all aspects of assigned work and interactions.
  • Works both independently and within a collaborative team-oriented environment; contribute openly, respectfully disagree, understand the ideas of others, listen well and work for consensus.
  • Models a Lean Six Sigma organizational culture that promotes the practice of respect for people, openness, trust, safety, transparency, collaborative problem solving, managing with data, in the pursuit of incremental continuous improvement and assurance.
  • Responds to public health emergencies as required by the District.
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative, effective working relationships with coworkers, other District employees, and the general public using principles of good customer service.
  • Reports for scheduled work with regular, reliable and punctual attendance.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

WORK ENVIRONMENT & PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • Work is performed primarily indoors in clinic and office environments, with occasional travel to attend meetings, conferences, seminars, etc. Work may also be performed in the field (physician’s offices, offsite clinics, public non-profit organizations, etc.).
  • Requires the ability to communicate with others orally, face to face, and by telephone. Requires manual and finger dexterity and hand-eye-arm coordination to write and to operate computers and a variety of general office equipment.
  • Requires mobility to accomplish other desktop work, retrieve files, and to move to various District locations. Requires visual acuity to read computer screens, printed materials, and detailed information.
  • May occasionally be required to work a varying schedule which may include evenings and weekends.
  • May be assigned to provide on-call coverage, which may include evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Exposure to individuals from the public who are upset, angry, agitated and sometimes hostile, requiring the use of conflict management and coping skills.
  • Frequently required to perform work in confidence and under pressure for deadlines, and to maintain professional composure and tact, patience and courtesy at all times.
  • The incumbent is required to use the combined senses to touch, sight, smell and hearing during on-going client assessment. Duties require the ability to read typewritten and/or handwritten orders and notes in patient charts; measure medications; distinguish colors; observe changes in a patient’s skin color and condition; hear through a stethoscope to measure patient’s blood pressure and listen for heart and lung sounds.
  • Coordination and dexterity to pour/measure medications; change dressings; and administer medications/ immunizations subcutaneously and intramuscularly.
  • Strength and stamina to restrain out-of-control child receiving immunizations.
  • Ability to move freely throughout the work setting and to respond to emergency situations quickly.
  • Off-site visits require the incumbent to carry supplies and/or equipment up and down stairs as well as into and out of a vehicle on a daily basis.
  • While performing home visits, the incumbent encounters unsanitary conditions, animals (pets), and clients and/or family members who are smoking, exposing the incumbent to second-hand smoke which may cause allergic reactions and/or illness.
  • Regularly the incumbent will be required the ability to lift/and or carry objects and materials up to ten pounds. Occasionally, the incumbent in this position may be required to lift/ carry objects up to twenty pounds; rarely the incumbent may be required to lift/carry objects up to fifty pounds.
  • May be required to stay at or return to work during public health incidents and/or emergencies to perform duties specific to this classification or to perform other duties as requested in an assigned response position. This may require working a non-traditional work schedule or working outside normal assigned duties during the incident and/or emergency.

Education & Experience

LPN 1

  • Possession of valid license as a practical nurse in the State of Washington.

LPN 2

  • Possession of valid license as a practical nurse in the State of Washington; AND
  • Two (2) years of experience as an LPN caring for patients in a clinical setting, some of which must include a public health component.

All required licenses and certifications must be maintained in an active status without suspension or revocation throughout employment.

Licenses, Certificates & Other Requirements

  • Incumbent must obtain required digital certificate for access into the PHIMS secure reporting system.
  • Performance of job duties requires driving on an occasional basis, a valid Washington State driver’s license, and proof of appropriate auto insurance. Use of a personal vehicle is required when a District fleet vehicle is not available for use.

The ability to provide Spanish interpretation/translation services for Spanish speaking clients upon request is preferred.

Training and experience in phlebotomy is a plus.

Please visit the Careers section of our website at kitsappublichealth.org to view the job announcement and complete the required electronic application.

Agency Kitsap Public Health District
Address 345 6th Street, Suite 300
Bremerton, Washington, 98337
Phone 360-728-2294 Karen Holt
Website kitsappublichealth.org


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