Location: Washington State with 100% travel within the State of Washington
*Payroll for this position will be managed by an outside agency
The COVID-19 Vaccinator/Observer contributes to the Calling of Medical Teams International by administering and documenting vaccines at on-site COVID-19 vaccination clinics, in addition to providing skilled patient observation, appropriately responding to reactions or critical events, and providing tailored patient education. This position supervises volunteers and agency staff to ensure all care is delivered to standard, following standing orders and protocols. The Vaccinator/Observer ensures vaccine clinics meet best practice standards and collaborates with the team to ensure clinic activities are reaching the high-priority populations, including vulnerable, high-risk or underserved communities.
Medical Teams International Calling:
Daring to love like Jesus, we boldly break barriers to health and restore wholeness in a hurting world.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Travel to immunization clinics, transporting and monitoring vaccines per CDC temperature guidelines, and other program supplies, and supervising the set up and breakdown of equipment at immunization sites.
- Maintain immunization clinic supplies and ensure appropriate storage, handling, and data logging of vaccines.
- In collaboration with the assigned Clinical Assistant, ensure that all recipients have been thoroughly screened prior to vaccine administration and all care is documented in the EHR Platform PrepMod (which interfaces with the state IIS system).
- Draw up and administer vaccines at community vaccination sites.
- Ensure adequate documentation of vaccinations/medications administered and review patient immunization histories.
- Provide situational health education and referrals/linkages to medical/specialty care as needed.
- Ensure strict adherence to Infection Prevention and Control, as well as PPE guidelines at all times.
- Assure PPE and other supplies are used appropriately, and supply chain is maintained to keep vaccination sites equipped to perform vaccination operations.
- Conduct patient observation post vaccine administration, ensuring that all clients are observed according to protocol, document any adverse effects as needed and initiate emergency response system in the case of any severe allergic reaction.
- Ensure an environment where patients feel respected and cared for.
- Focus on the people being vaccinated and provide the best information, education, care, and vaccination experience possible.
Clinic Partner & Stakeholder Relationships:
- As an on-site contact, develop and maintain working relationships with site and field partners, including site managers, city and county representatives and other public health providers.
- Engage with organizations and people as needed to encourage vaccination.
- Cultivate strong working relationships with partner agency staff, reporting any concerns to Clinic and Program Managers.
- Lead and delegate tasks to the Clinic Assistant to ensure all care is provided while in the field.
- Ensure accurate record keeping for daily clinic operations (patient registration health histories, consent (ROI), treatment coding, volunteer hours, WA-IIS-Alert-IIS documentation, and patient demographic data).
- Maintain accurate records of daily clinic operations and patient encounters.
- Ensure all incident reports are filed correctly and timely and are acted upon as is necessary.
- Participate in standardized evaluations of on-site clinic operations and overall vaccination strategy to identify areas for improvement.
- Provide programmatic input and technical assistance for mobile vaccination strategy as needed.
- Together with vaccination team, create an environment where volunteers have a positive and rewarding experience.
- Represent Medical Teams International with internal and external partners, including community stakeholders, and state and federal agencies.
- Ensure equity concerns are addressed to minimize barriers to vaccine accessibility.
- Participate in and present educational webinars and other outreach activities as requested.
- Attendance at team meetings as required.
- Support the Safeguarding of program participants and employees through promoting an environment of awareness and upholding the code of conduct provisions of Medical Teams Protection from Sexual Exploitation & Abuse, Child & Vulnerable Adult protection, and harassment-free workplace policies.
- Be a positive representative of the Care & Connect program at all times.
- Utilize volunteers when appropriate.
- Work with other dental and vaccination team members to troubleshoot vehicle and equipment challenges as they may arise.
EDUCATION, LICENSES, & CERTIFICATIONS
- Current Washington State and/or Oregon Registered Nurse license in good standing.
- Bachelors degree in nursing from an accredited school of nursing.
- Current BLS-CPR for Healthcare Providers, certification for Blood Borne Pathogens and HIPAA as required by law.
- Valid WA state and/or OR driver license with few or no traffic violations
- Experience working with volunteers and interdisciplinary healthcare teams.
- Experience communicating/liaising with community-based organizations, government agencies, or other partners.
- Experience working on collaborative or complex projects.
- Background in public health, health education, nursing, health services or related fields.
- 2 years clinic experience (inpatient or outpatient).
- Experience working with diverse populations and cultures.
- Understanding and familiarity with homeless services and affordable housing, training in harm reduction, motivational interviewing, trauma informed care and street-based outreach.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
- Commitment to Medical Teams International Calling Statement and Core Values.
- Thorough knowledge of vaccine preventable diseases and immunizations, public health nursing principles and processes and infectious disease management and control.
- Clinical knowledge of medical, nursing, and public health practices.
- Knowledge of equity and social justice principles and practices and understanding of the effects of place, race and policy, systems and environment-based inequities on marginalized communities and populations.
- Passion and commitment to serving volunteers and clinic partners with excellence.
- Understanding and compliance with HIPAA and all related healthcare regulations such as infection control and other OSHA, and WISHA requirements in a clinic setting.
- Knowledge of the health needs of populations served.
- Demonstrated experience administering vaccines.
- Compassion and care for the patient populations we serve; radically hospitable.
- Self-starter, quick and curious learner, detail oriented, highly organized, and able to work independently and in remote settings.
- Flexible problem solver, able to think through immediate issues and seek out solutions.
- Well organized, able to manage and follow up to see tasks through on-time and possess good time management skills.
- Must be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills that are culturally appropriate, respectful, and non-judgmental.
- Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with others, including working as part of a multidisciplinary team.
- Comfortable assisting the Clinic Manager in troubleshooting technology and accessing programs remotely.
- Comfortable using technology and moderately skilled with Microsoft Office 365 suite (including Outlook email and calendar), Teams, OpenDental, and/or other electronic health record platform, as well as vaccine administration and inventory management.
- Experienced or comfortable working in a paperless office and with digital systems and equipment.
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team, able to be flexible and to manage multiple assignments in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.
- Ability to provide crisis intervention/de-escalation with high-risk and special needs populations.
- Demonstrated ability to carry out assignments and responsibilities in a thorough, accurate and timely manner.
- Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality of protected health information at all times.
- Demonstrated ability to clearly and effectively communicate orally and in writing with supervisor, co-workers, healthcare providers, and the general public.
- Demonstrated ability to work in community settings with and without on-site supervision with culturally and socio-economically diverse populations.
- Ability to work a flexible schedule and weekends (approximately 2 per month).
- Ability to prioritize and adapt to projects in a rapidly changing environment with last minute updates to schedules and locations.
- Ability to travel between sites for multi-day vaccine clinic deployments.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS & WORKING CONDITIONS
The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job the employee must be able to:
- Frequent use of a personal computer, database and digital platforms, and other office productivity machinery, such as a copy machine and computer printer.
- Frequently uses hands, fingers, and arms to reach, handle, touch or feel equipment, medical instruments, materials, computer.
- Frequent communication and exchange of information among colleagues and persons of concern which requires the ability to speak, hear, convey and express oneself.
- Frequent close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
- Occasionally ascends/descends stairs, steps, or ladder.
- Occasionally move about inside an office to access file cabinets, office machinery, meet with colleagues, etc.
- The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds.
- Seldom to occasionally positions self to Stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
- If in travel status, occasional to frequent traversing over rough or steep terrain in either a motor vehicle or on foot.
- The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
- There may be a risk of occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM). Hepatitis B vaccination series is required.