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Registered Nurse Specialist - 64028368 1 - Med Surg

Company: Florida Department of Transportation
Location: Fort Myers
Posted on: August 5, 2022

Job Description:

Registered Nurse Specialist - 64028368 1Requisition No: 702702

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: REGISTERED NURSE SPECIALIST - 64028368 1

Position Number: 64028368

Salary: $49,051.08

Posting Closing Date: 08/08/2022

Duties and Responsibilities:

This Nursing Program Specialist is responsible for planning, monitoring, evaluating and providing services on a countywide basis in outreach immunization clinics, employee health, and the health department. This position is under the direct supervision of the Nursing Program Specialist. This position is classified as a sensitive position. Incumbent handles protected health information on a need-to-know basis following Department of Health, HIPAA, and Information Security Policy, Protocols and Procedures. This position abides by State/Federal laws governing health information and is responsible to maintain confidentiality, security, privacy, and integrity of protected health information. This position requires complete and current knowledge of all aspects of the immunization program including, but not limited to, childhood immunizations (Vaccines for Children-VFC), adult immunizations and overseas/travel immunizations, grant programs, and providing outreach services. This position requires the ability to work independently and interact appropriately with clinic staff, school nurses, local physicians, and community volunteers and agencies. This position has access to the following information data sets: all Immunization records.

Plans, promotes, coordinates, and monitors Immunization Program activities/services for the agency according to the current edition of the Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (CDC's The Pink Book), the ACIP Recommendations, and guidelines from the State of Florida Immunization Program. Performs the following:

* Plans and directs the work of the Immunization staff at all DOH-Lee sites, including workloads, workflows, deadlines, work objectives, and time utilization.
* Ensures quality of services by:
* Monitoring immunization procedures at all DOH-Lee sites, ensuring the correct use of VFC, Program 17, purchased vaccines, and Hepatitis-09 vaccines as needed.
* Developing and ensuring delivery of comprehensive training program for all new DOH-Lee immunization staff and providing continuing education programs for the DOH-Lee staff or private providers as requested.
* Overseeing Immunization staff to ensure accuracy in vaccine administration, documentation, inventory control, and to decrease vaccine waste at all sites.
* Assuring proper documentation of immunization services into Florida SHOTS and HMS, and electronic health records if needed.
* Monitoring vaccine use and accountability at all sites.
* Manages vaccine inventory and ordering agencywide by:
* Assuring timely ordering of vaccines to provide adequate inventory at all sites.
* Assuring proper storage and handling of all vaccines, as per recommendations of the current edition of the CDC Vaccine Storage and Handling Guide.
* Assuring annual maintenance of vaccine storage units and monitoring system, including additional maintenance as needed.
* Maintaining Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program Vaccine Management Plan and updates it annually or more often if need dictates.
* Developing and maintaining emergency procedures for vaccine storage and handling, including plan for off-site storage of vaccines if needed.
* Monitors childhood immunization rates, with the goal of meeting or exceeding the FDOH Immunization Coverage Goal of 95% for 4 DTaP, 3 Polio, 1 MMR, 3 Hib, 3 Hep B, and 1 Varicella (4:3:1:3:3:1) and 4 DTaP, 3 Polio, 1 MMR, 3 Hib, 3 Hep B,

1 Varicella and 4 PCV (4:3:1:3:3:1:4) immunization series for 2- year-old children for whom DOH-Lee is the primary immunization provider, by:

* Utilizing monthly Reminder Recall Report to send reminders to children who are due for vaccines in the next 30 days.
* Utilizing Televox monthly report to send reminders to children who are past due for vaccines.
* Providing statistical reporting to DOH-Lee Administration as requested.

Responsible for nursing related educational activities:

* Sets SMART expectations for employees and nursing students during orientation/clinical rotations
* Evaluates staff and students through observing their performance in various settings, monitors their work, providing input to the nurses' immediate supervisor and the students' clinical coordinator
* Performs skills check-offs for clinical staff
* Conducts workshops and sends educational CEU opportunities to staff
* Creates as needed, handouts related to disease specific conditions for citizens and for the medical community.
* Performs Employee Health nursing duties as outlined in FDOH Lee IOP 13-3. This includes but is not limited to:
* Conducts biweekly Employee Health clinic for all new hires and completes employee health packets
* Review and maintenance of employee health records.
* Educates and provided employees with mandatory and recommendation immunizations and TB screening
* Administering immunizations or titers and updates FL SHOTS/HMS records
* Assisting with coordination of needle stick exposures and post exposure prophylaxis.
* Reviews and updates DOH-Lee Employee Health protocol as necessary. This protocol includes:

health promotion (wellness) and health protection (immunizations, TB, occupational health/safety) components.

* Counsels employees about job-related health risks and exposures
* Coordinating employee flu PODS at all FDOH Lee sites annually and other vaccines as necessary
* Assisting the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program for fit testing with N-95 masks.
* Conducts TB risk assessments annually or as needed according to the employee's risk of contracting TB
* Updates employee spreadsheet (notes whether staff is new, current, or separated) and immunizations on a quarterly basis in collaboration with HR
* Serves as the information custodian for the Employee Health data set.

Serves as subject matter expert and resource person for immunizations and Employee Health, providing technical assistance and educational support to nursing staff at DOH-Lee, and as needed to private providers and area CHDs.

* Promotes access to vaccines in the community for adults, children and special needs/high risk populations through the Immunization Coalition and other community partners.
* Updates Immunization and Employee Health Protocols annually or as needed.
* Develops and manages the Immunization Department budget.
* Attends monthly Managers' meetings and other agency meetings as directed.
* Participates in opportunities for learning in the areas of supervision, management, and leadership, including but not limited to, other CHD meetings, conferences, workshops, and in-service programs to update and acquire knowledge of rules, regulations, and guidelines necessary to function successfully in this position.
* Participates in vaccine administration in clinic and during off-site outreach events as needed, based on staffing needs and capabilities.
* Coordinates and assists with Stamaril and other travel vaccines with inventory and administration, includes training, tracking, documentation and administration, and notification of adverse reactions to the manufacturer.
* Attends pertinent conferences as requested or permitted.
* Accurately determines eligibility for any available grant programs.
* Responds to public inquiries regarding immunization policies and recommendations.
* Responds to DOH employee inquiries regarding Employee Health policies and recommendations.
* Coordinates and/or plans outreach programs (flu clinics for the community and encouraging Gardasil in middle and high schools).
* Coordinates an adult immunization program that will increase influenza and pneumococcal vaccination levels in the county by focusing on an adult immunization initiative with the county health department, health care providers, health management organizations, senior centers, active coalitions, nursing homes, and assisted care facilities.
* Serves as Chairman of the Lee County Adult and Pediatric Immunization Coalition and conducts quarterly meetings with community partners and providers, keeping documentation of all meetings.
* Completes Quarterly Report for the Adult Program and attends scheduled conference calls with Program Coordinator and nurses from other county health departments in the Adult Program Specialist role.
* Conducts educational presentations which enhance influenza and pneumococcal awareness while reinforcing the importance of vaccination.
* Administers vaccines for overseas travelers and maintain up-to date overseas travel information and is knowledgeable of the appropriate vaccines to administer relevant to the area of travel. Maintains current references for childhood, adult, and overseas travel immunizations.
* Assists with the outreach immunization program for children as needed, which could include evening or weekend hours. Collects and reports data on immunizations given.
* Assists in monitoring outreach clinic to ensure efficiency and benefit to the community.
* In conjunction with the Public Information Officer, maintains and distributes current list of clinic hours and sites to appropriate persons and agencies.
* Provides new and annual security training for Other Personal Services (OPS) nurse and volunteers as needed.
* Assists with health fairs, community organizations, and specific public health events as requested.
* Prepares reports, as required.
* Performs quality improvement activities to monitor the effectiveness of outreach activities.
* Performs other miscellaneous duties as required.

Knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position:

* Knowledge of the theories and concepts of preventive health care.
* Knowledge of nursing principles, practices and techniques in specialized areas.
* Knowledge of human anatomy and physiology.
* Knowledge of community resources and organizations.
* Knowledge of the principles of adult learning.
* Knowledge of correct spelling, punctuation & grammar usage
* Knowledge of standard business formats & styles for letters & business forms
* Skill in the application of nursing theory in specialized areas.
* Skill in operating a personal computer
* Ability to teach professional nurses.
* Ability to assess and prioritize service and personnel needs in a specialized area.
* Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
* Ability to coordinate and evaluate a specialized or educational nursing program.
* Ability to operate general office equipment
* Ability to follow office procedures & practices
* Ability to organize and maintain filing systems
* Ability to handle telephone calls in a courteous & effective manner
* Ability to locate information that is listed alphabetically & numerically
* Ability to follow instructions
* Ability to review data for accuracy & completeness
* Ability to work independently or with minimal supervision
* Ability to frequently use telephone, computer, copier and small hand tools, i.e., stapler, scissors, etc.
* Ability to work indoors with occasional temperature changes
* Ability to establish & maintain effective working relationships with others
* Ability to prioritize individual workload
* Ability to frequently bend, kneel, reach, and sit or stand for long periods of time
* Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds as needed


* Bachelor of Science degree from a U.S. accredited college or university in Nursing is required.

Licensure/registration/certification requirements (If applicable, list the appropriate Florida Statute or federal regulation cite):

* Licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse in accordance with Florida Statute 464 or eligible to practice nursing in accordance with Florida Administrative Code 210-8.27.

Other job-related requirements for this position:

* Incumbent may be required to work before, during and/or beyond normal work hours or days in the event of an emergency. Emergency duty required of the incumbent includes working in special needs or Red Cross shelters, or performing other emergency duties including, but not limited to, responses to threats involving any disaster or threat of disaster, man-made or natural.
* Incumbent must possess a valid Florida Driver License and have a motor vehicle to carry out these duties.
* Selected immunizations or titers and/or periodic screening for tuberculosis may be recommended for this position.
* This position will abide by all state and federal laws, rules, and DOH policies and procedures.
* This position is authorized to transport confidential information outside of established DOH-Lee facilities and must comply with parameters defined in DOHP 50-10.
* Required to maintain a current Basic Life Support CPR with AED (BLS) certification.
* Incumbent will have access to Social Security numbers in performance of duties.
* Must be willing to undergo FIT Testing.
* This position has the responsibility of being the Information Custodian for the Immunization-field information set and will perform related duties as defined in DOHP 50-10.
* This position has the responsibility of being the Alternate Key Custodian for the Employee Health and Immunizations secure area(s) at the Michigan location, and, in the absence of the Key Custodian, will perform related duties as defined in DOHP 50-10.

Working hours: (A) Daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (B) Total hours in workweek 40 (C) Explain any variation in work (split shift, rotation, etc.) May be required to work additional hours as needed.

Florida Department of Health Mission, Vision, and Values:


To protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county & community efforts.


To be the Healthiest State in the Nation.


I nnovation: We search for creative solutions and manage resources wisely.

C ollaboration: We use teamwork to achieve common goals & solve problems.

A ccountability: We perform with integrity & respect.

R esponsiveness: We achieve our mission by serving our customers & engaging our partners.

E xcellence: We promote quality outcomes through learning & continuous performance improvement.

Where You Will Work:

Fort Myers

The Benefits of Working for the State of Florida:

Working for the State of Florida is more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package for employees features a highly competitive set of employee benefits including:

* Annual and Sick Leave benefits;
* Nine paid holidays and one Personal Holiday each year;
* State Group Insurance coverage options, including health, life, dental, vision, and other supplemental insurance options;
* Retirement plan options, including employer contributions

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* Flexible Spending Accounts;
* Tuition waivers;
* And more!

For a more complete list of benefits, including monthly costs, visit

Please be advised:

Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process.

This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit. Any misrepresentations or omissions will disqualify you from employment consideration. Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check Successful completion of a drug test is a condition of employment for safety-sensitive positions.

Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website:

If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.

The successful candidate will be required to complete the Form I-9 and that information will be verified using the E-Verify system. E-Verify is operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration to verify employment eligibility.

Incumbents may be required to perform emergency duty before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-877-562-7287). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

Florida has the third largest population of veterans in the nation with more than 1.5 million service men and women. The Florida Department of Health (department) is committed to serving members of the United States Armed Forces, veterans and their families by encouraging them to apply for vacancies that fit their area of knowledge and/or expertise. Through the Department's VALOR program, which expedites licensing for military veterans, the Department also waives initial licensing and application fees for military veterans who apply for a health care professional license within 60 months of an honorable discharge. These initiatives help ensure that the transition from military service into the workforce is as smooth as possible and reflects our appreciation for the dedication devoted to protecting our country.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS' PREFERENCE. Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply. Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements. Candidates claiming Veterans' Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code. Veterans' Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here. All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement.

Nearest Major Market: Fort Myers

Nearest Secondary Market: Cape Coral

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