VISITING NURSE ASSOCIATION

JOB DESCRIPTION

Flu Clinic Seasonal RN/LPN

REPORTS TO: Community Program Coordinator and Quality Manager

WORKS CLOSELY WITH:   Other Flu Nurses, Auxiliary / Staff Nurses, Program Specialist and Team Assistants.

SUMMARY OF DUTIES:  Responsible for assisting with flu clinics during the months of September, October and November including an occasional Saturday and Sunday.  Assists in staffing of community health clinics (foot and BP/health consult) as needed. 

EMPLOYMENT STATUS:  Exempt, hourly/Per Visit.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:  LPN, RN or BSN from an accredited school of nursing and licensed in the State of Iowa.  Home care or community health experience is preferred or experience working with individuals with chronic disorders or in a clinic setting.

Strong assessment skills.  Car, driver's license and adequate insurance as outlined. A physical exam at the time of employment, or within the past year is required.  Physician’s statement of ability to perform the duties of the job is required, or “Clinic Nurse Job and Health Assessment” must be completed and accepted by VNA management.  Annual TB testing is required.   All offers of employment are conditioned upon the result of a criminal background check conducted by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, and DHS, as required by law. 

WORK ENVIRONMENT AND EQUIPMENT:  Work is performed at various business, churches, and clinic sites with the employee driving from location to location during the work period.  The sites are throughout Johnson County and within a 50-mile radius of the agency.  The driving requirements include in-town and highway driving in good and inclement weather.  Professional staff may be required to use laptop computers to document their work at the flu or clinic sites.

SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE/COGNITIVE DEMANDS:  The employee will demonstrate skill and knowledge in providing professional nursing care for the treatment of acute and chronic illnesses and in providing nursing care in the area of wellness and preventive health care.  The employee will demonstrate organizational skills required to manage or coordinate with other nurses and volunteers, to manage care for groups of individuals effectively in a clinic setting, to set up clinics in various business sites, and to move from clinic to clinic in a timely basis if required.   The employee will be expected to demonstrate good oral and written communication skills.  The employee will perform the duties of the job at the flu sites or community site during regular office hours. For flu clinics the employee will also be expected to assist with weekend and possibly evening clinics.  The duties include performing various skilled nursing activities, such as giving injections, responding to possible adverse events and assisting with patient education..

PHYSICAL/COGNITIVE DEMANDS:  The duties include performing various skilled nursing activities such as injections, assisting with blood draws, taking vital signs, etc.   Performance of these duties requires fine motor coordination/ dexterity, the ability to grasp, vision with or without corrective aids adequate for fine motor tasks, patient assessment and driving an automobile.   The job requires the physical demands of occasional lifting of more than 20 lbs., reaching, stooping and bending, pushing, walking, going up and down stairs, driving, etc., with or without the use of assistive/adaptive devices.   The job may regularly require loading and carrying boxes of equipment and supplies to and from employee car as equipment and supplies are transported between the office and clinic sites.  The job also requires the ability to stand for periods of 2-4 hours at a time and the ability to work in non-health care settings.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:  To be performed satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodation.  The following duties are normal for the position; while this list is intended to be an accurate reflection of the job, it is not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned by the employer. 

  1. Provides availability of at least 8-10 hours per week over 2 or more days to Program Specialist.  Availability is flexibility enough to provide for at least one of the following:  early morning hours, evening hours, weekend hours.  General availability is provided 2-4 weeks in advance of Flu Clinic season.  Changes in availability are communicated at least 2 weeks in advance, except in emergency.
  2. Works closely with VNA staff in assignments to scheduled clinics.  Reviews tentative assignments at beginning of Flu Clinic season, and communicates promptly regarding any conflicts.   Able to accommodate some changes in schedules as clinics are added, or as the number of participants at a given clinic increases or decreases.
  3. Staffs Influenza Clinics as assigned, arriving ahead of scheduled clinic to assist with clinic set up, and remaining after the clinic if needed to assist with repacking supplies and site clean up.
  4. Provides appropriate screening and counseling to clinic clients.  Provides appropriate assessment and treatment in the event of an adverse reaction.
  5. Picks up supplies and vaccine and/or returns supplies and vaccine to VNA as assigned.  Handles vaccines, supplies, and biohazard wastes in accordance with agency policies, professional standards, and any manufacturer requirements.
  6. Documents effectively, accurately, and in compliance with agency policies and procedures.  Effectively completes and handles client consent forms, incident reports as required, and the Flu Clinic Report.  Returns all information to VNA office same day unless given permission to delay for 1 day.
  7. Establishes effective relationships with clients, respecting patient rights and involving individuals in decision making as possible.  Promotes optimal independence of clients as feasible while meeting their needs.
  8. Participates as necessary in orientation, instruction, supervision and demonstration of agency s   ervices to students, volunteers, and other VNA staff.
  9. Meets with Community Program Coordinator or Quality Manager as requested.  Promptly informs supervisor of any additional training needs or concerns.
  10. Complies with personnel record-keeping requirements (e.g. auto insurance documentation, licensure) on a timely basis.
  11. Obtains and provides documentation of meeting VNA’s minimum education requirement:  12 hours documented education hours (may be combination of VNA, other health care agency, and CEU credits) annually including the following required agency topics:  Infection Control, Safety and Chemical Hazards, Confidentiality and Privacy, and Patient Rights/Ethics.  If education requirement not otherwise met, participates in regular agency in-service and staff meetings,  making alternative arrangements to obtain the information in a timely manner if schedule doesn’t permit attendance at specific agency events.
  12. Completes required competencies for position and maintains current CPR training and knowledge of expected behavior in emergency situations.
  13. Maintains knowledge of and complies with professional licensure requirements and standards, professional ethics and performance standards, and agency personnel policies, ethics and compliance policies.
  14. Ability to lift 20 lbs from floor to counter 3 times.  Ability to push/pull 20 lbs on a 2 wheel cart.
  15. Performs other duties as necessary.