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Date:  Jun 7, 2022


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Requisition No: 543701 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: SENIOR COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSE - 64063983 1 1

Position Number: 64063983 

Salary:  $42,000.00 - $48,000.00 annually 

Posting Closing Date: 07/05/2022 

Thank you for your interest in career opportunities with the Florida Department of Health in Polk County.  If you are looking to establish a successful career in Public Health, you have come to the right place.  Many of our innovative and successful health programs are recognized throughout Florida.  We hope you decide to join our team!  Applicants will be contacted directly if selected for an interview.


Your Specific Responsibilities:

The incumbent if part of a global public health organization and is expected to support the Florida Department of Health in Polk County in its mission to protect, promote, and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts and its vision to be the Healthiest State in the Nation. Furthermore, the incumbent is expected to incorporate the agency values of Innovation, Collaboration, Accountability, Responsiveness and Excellence in all aspects of their work.  


Clinical Duties:

  • This is a public health nursing position located in the county health department.  The individual in this position will have the responsibility for developing/coordinating and conducting an adult immunization program that targets employee health as well as community health care providers, Health Management Organizations, senior centers, active coalitions, nursing homes, assisted care facilities, and the public as to the importance of adult vaccines with an emphasis on influenza and pneumococcal vaccines. 
  • Develops an individualized adult immunization program that will increase influenza and pneumococcal vaccination levels in the county. 
  • Coordinates an adult immunization initiative with the Florida Department of Health in Polk County, health care providers, and the public with the objective of increasing adult immunization rates for employees, pregnant women, college students, people who are HIV positive and health care personnel.  Conducts/operates an adult immunization program that enhances education and provides pneumococcal and influenza immunizations to susceptible adults.
  • Develops/coordinates an educational program that promotes and increases public awareness of the need and associated benefits of influenza and pneumococcal vaccine including community outreach events. 
  • Distributes educational and promotional materials that emphasize influenza and pneumococcal vaccinations to staff and clients in the clinics; as well as during outreach events, and to health care providers, Health Management Organizations, senior centers, active coalitions, nursing homes, assisted care facilities, and the general public. 
  • Assess, educate and administer adult/childhood immunizations as well as travel vaccines, according to protocol for clients of all ages.
  • Provide counseling and teaching information about administered vaccines to client and/or client’s parent/legal guardian.
  • Assist with teaching of immunization procedures to new nurses in the clinic, including the computer Immunization Module and all appropriate documentation.
  • Maintain proper storage and handling of vaccines per Health Department policy and procedures. 
  • Accurately complete “Immunization Clinic Record/Signature Card” and all other documentation required per Health Department policy and procedures for vaccines administered. 
  • Assists with monitoring temperature controls with notation on appropriate logs for refrigerator and freezer per protocol
  • Enters immunization history and immunizations given in Florida Shots and all other documentation required per Health     Department policy and procedures for vaccine administration.
  • Order vaccines as needed and monitor vaccine expiration dates per policy. 
  • Performs end of the month vaccine inventory.


Other Duties as Assigned


  • Data input of immunization records into Florida SHOTS and HMS computer systems.
  • Processing faxes, incoming and outgoing mail. 
  • Providing phone coverage as needed. 
  • Assisting with immunization clinical coverage at other clinic sites if needed. 
  • Acts as back up for the Rabies Program as needed.
  • Completing individual travel expense reports, time sheets and Employee Activity Record (EARs).
  • Attends staff meetings, general staff training, and committee meetings in compliance with Health Department policies.
  • Performs other duties as required, including performance of additional interpreter duties, consistent with skill level, and as needed.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of childhood, adolescent and adult immunization schedules.
  • Knowledge of public health nursing principles, practices and techniques.
  • Knowledge of human anatomy and physiology.
  • Ability to provide direct patient care and treatment.
  • Ability to administer medications.
  • Knowledge of community organizations and resources.
  • Proficient or ability to become proficient in the use of a computer and Department of Health (DOH) Software.
  • Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work assignments.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures.




  • This position requires licensure requirements as a registered nurse in accordance with Florida Statute 464 or eligible to practice nursing in accordance with Florida Administrative Code 210-8.27.
  • Valid Florida Driver’s License or the ability to obtain one within 30 days of employment.

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.


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:

Bartow, FL

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!

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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. Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check. 


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.


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. 

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