Flint Public Health Navigator Immunization Nurse

Location: Flint/Genesee County

Part-time, Temporary (3 months) October 1 – December 31, 2021, with possible extension

RN Compensation: $25-$30 an hour depending on education and experience

LPN Compensation: $20-$26 an hour depending on education and experience

Hours: Flexible; up to 20 hours per week; weekend and evenings

Benefits: Health Insurance Stipend, Phone and Travel Stipends

In 2020, Michigan United created a grassroots Public Health Navigator program in partnership with the Genesee County Health Department. The work of our Navigators is vital as we enter the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in light of the urgent need for large-scale vaccination to overcome the virus. Michigan United and community partners work together on COVID-19, public health education, and vaccine accessibility. 

Many of the most vulnerable communities to COVID-19 have the least access to information and resources to protect themselves and their families. Low-income communities, communities of color, and immigrants have many barriers in this regard, from language to literacy to trust in government. These are major contributing factors to the inequitable impacts of the disease. This inequity is exacerbated by other systemic issues that impact our communities. 

We work closely with our partners at the Health Department to continuously develop strategies for effectively addressing vaccine hesitancy in our communities. We have ongoing training for Navigators and other staff and coordinate with other stakeholders in the community to compare best practices and address questions or concerns that community members about the vaccine have raised. The work of the Navigator program has the opportunity to change the trajectory of racial health disparities during and after COVID-19.  

 

IMMUNIZATION NURSE 

The Flint Public Health Navigator Immunization Nurse will work with Michigan United's Nurse Coordinator, Genesee County Health Department, and other community partners to advertise and implement mobile vaccine clinics for Genesee County residents.  

Community outreach will be conducted in conjunction with Michigan United's Navigator Program and through existing community institutions (such as congregations, neighborhood groups, unions, workplaces, social organizations) and relationships.

Training on the management and handling of COVID-19 vaccines will be provided by the Genesee County Health Department (GCHD), in addition to hands-on training with a GCHD Nurse Coordinator and Michigan United's Nurse Coordinator. The Michigan United Nurse Coordinator will assist Immunization Nurses with COVID-19 continuing education and public health awareness campaigns for the community.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Adhering to state vaccine prioritization guidance 

  • Administer COVID-19 Vaccines/Immunizations

  • Following CDC/ACIP recommendations and clinical considerations  

  • Adhering to CDC/FDA/MDHHS/Manufacturer vaccine storage, handling, and administration directions 

  • Entering administered vaccines into MCIR in the timeframe defined by MDHHS, including completing optional MCIR fields such as race and ethnicity 

  • Understand, educate and report as necessary on the VAERS reporting system.

  • Providing required patient education materials and vaccine record cards as well as encouraging patients' use of v-safe.

  • Attend meetings that are relevant to and impact the mobile vaccine clinic program

  • Further develop, maintain, and know about various health, wellness, and social services available in the Flint area, primarily related to COVID-19 and make referrals as appropriate.

  • Maintain relationships with the Genesee County Health Department and community partners.

 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT:

Current license in good standing to practice as a Registered nurse or practical nurse in the State of Michigan. Current BLS certification (or ability to become certified upon hire). Employees in this classification must undergo a background check, possess a valid Michigan driver's license, and must have a vehicle to travel throughout Genesee County to mobile clinics. 

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES: 

Possess strong clinical skills and willingness to administer immunizations 

  • Knowledge of the principles and practice of public health nursing.

  • Applies theory and scope of practice of public health nursing to professional practice, including knowledge of public health laws and functions of other health and social agencies and their relationships to public health programming.  

  • Ability to apply ethical principles.  

  • Ability to identify, interpret, and implement public health laws, regulations, and policies related to specific programs. 

  • Ability to identify the role of cultural, social, and behavioral factors in determining the delivery of public health services. 

  • Ability to develop and adapt approaches to problems that take into account cultural differences. 

  • Utilizes leadership, team building, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills to build community partnerships. 

  • Ability to provide direction and coordinate the activities of others. 

  • Ability to use various communications media (i.e., zoom, google hangouts, Facebook, phone, text, etc.)

  • Ability to work in a team and supervise others in a team 

  • Passion for Michigan United's campaign issues and vision of a more just world. 

 

WORKING CONDITIONS:  

  • Work is completed in-person following CDC and local public health guidelines.

  • Work hours are flexible and likely include weekend hours and evening hours. 

  • This position is based in Flint/Genesee County

  • Supplies and PPE are provided

 

SUPERVISION/SUPPORT 

Michigan United's Nurse Coordinator will support, supervise and coordinate the work of Immunization Nurses and give guidance for working with the Genesee County Health Department and community partners.