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Date:  Jul 23, 2022


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Requisition No: 670122 

Agency: Department of Health


Position Number: 64035253 

Salary:  $43,290.00 - $45,500.00 

Posting Closing Date: 08/25/2022 

Thank you for your interest in career opportunities with the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota 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:

This is a challenging opportunity for a Registered Nurse with vaccination experience to work as part of a cohesive and highly productive team in a large County Health Department’s Immunization Program. Stationed at the Ringling site (Sarasota), but will act as a “float” and will be sent to North Port site to help cover staffing shortages (County car or mileage provided). The employee in this position functions at an advanced level of Community Health Nursing, providing the full spectrum of immunizations services across the life span, including Travelers’ Health and Refugee Health Services, within the scope of nursing practice, using established core standards, policies and procedures. 


  1. Provides direct nursing service for adults and children, in accordance with Centers for Disease Control (CDC), American Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and Department of Health (DOH)-Sarasota guidelines, protocols, and clinical service parameters.
    1. Provides routine children’s and adult immunizations, as well as comprehensive travel vaccines and health counseling.
    2. Performs nursing assessments, particularly of clients’ vaccination needs and immediate response to receiving immunizations, ensuring continuity of care.
    3. Uses FL SHOTS immunization registry to verify clients’ immunization needs prior to discussing with client or drawing up vaccines.
    4. Enters vaccines into FL SHOTS in real time.
    5. Educates client and/or family members regarding immunizations, disease process and transmission. Provides appropriate literature, including most up to date Vaccine Information Statement (VIS).
    6. Keeps abreast of all CDC immunization updates, schedules and ACIP recommendations, as well as CDC recommendations for Overseas Travel. Educates clients accordingly.
    7. Maintains skills with client teaching about travel precautions, including use of malaria prophylaxis.
    8. Administers Tuberculin Skin Tests (TSTs) and interprets them with demonstrated expertise.  Records results in Health Management System (HMS).
    9. Provides superior customer service, keeping clients well-informed about vaccines being given, potential side effects, etc., as well as when to return for additional doses.
  1. Provides Refugee Health Services in accordance with current Refugee Health Program Guidelines under the guidance and direction of the Refugee Health Nursing Program Specialist.
    1. Initiates required lab work, performs all necessary screenings, conducts physical examinations (after completing credentialing process, within one month of hire), administers vaccinations, provides education and counseling, maintains appropriate documentation, all in accordance with Refugee Health Service Guidelines.
    2. Utilizes, as needed, appropriate language interpreter services, in a culturally competent manner.
    3. Keeps abreast of guidelines and regulations relating to Refugee Health.
  2. Acts to ensure the integrity and quality of the vaccine supply and assists with maintaining the inventory.
    1. Assists with daily vaccine counts, to maintain vaccine accountability excellence.
    2. Assists with recording and uploading data logger temps.
    3. Assists with rotating vaccine inventory and ensuring that stock is properly stored.
    4. Maintains clean, well-stocked work area.
  3. Miscellaneous Activities
    1. Attends team meetings, Epidemiology and Communicable Disease Control (ECDC) and DOH-Sarasota staff meetings, and participates in staff development activities as requested.
    2. Maintains client confidentiality in a manner consistent with Florida Statutes and DOH policy.
    3. Performs other related duties as assigned, with adjustable scheduling as required.
    4. Completes all minimum of 20 hrs. of continuing education annually, per agency policy, including all required annual training.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of nursing principles and techniques, particularly those related to administration of injections
  • Knowledge of CDC Travel Vaccine protocols strongly preferred
  • Outstanding customer service skills, including cultural competency, are a must
  • Skill with administering parenteral injections to all age groups
  • Skill with administration and interpretation of Tuberculin Skin Tests (TST)
  • Excellent assessment skills and ability to interpret CDC, ACIP guidelines and regulations
  • Ability to communicate effectively and courteously
  • Organizational skills
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships



Minimum –

  • Licensure as a Registered Nurse in accordance with Florida Statute 464 or eligible to practice nursing in accordance with Florida Administrative Code 210-8.27 or possess a nursing multi-state license through the Nurse Licensure Compact
  • Associate degree in Nursing from an accredited college or university

Preferred –

  • Experience administering vaccines
  • Experience with FL SHOTS data entry and HMS
  • Fluency in Spanish


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:

William L. Little Health & Human Services

2200 Ringling Boulevard

Sarasota, FL 34237


Incumbent may be asked to provide coverage at either the North Sarasota or North Port sites, as needed.


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 (For more information, please click
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Tuition waiver
  • And more!


For a more complete list of benefits, 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. 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.


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. 



If there are any problems applying online, please call People First Staffing Administration: (877) 562-7287.

Service Center hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., ET. TTY users, call (866) 221-0268.

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: Sarasota
Nearest Secondary Market: Tampa