I have immunised all different grades of staff, from the General Manager, secretaries, porters, lead nurses, physios, admin staff, catering staff, professors, doctors and of course Nursing Staff. People now recognise me and stop me in the corridor asking for the Flu jag.
I go to the area the staff work in and I have been told this is good because the scheduled clinics are very busy and they face a long queue.
A lot of staff do not have the time to leave the ward or department they work in and I have set up small clinics in their areas where I can get perhaps 10 or more staff vaccinated at the one time. I have enjoyed this and hopefully, I can achieve more this winter. I understand the importance of immunisation and by going into workplaces I can encourage the uptake of this. I think perhaps more "advertising" of peer immunisers is required as last year I had staff from other hospitals and even Health Centres phoning me to ask if I could go to their areas.
I have been a nurse for 36 years this year. I trained and worked in Stobhill Hospital for 32 years and 4 years ago this winter I moved to a completely different role in Glasgow Royal Infirmary. My title is "Nursing Support Sister" and my day to day job is very varied. I support the Lead Nurses for Medicine and carry out various audits, deal with complaints, incident reports.
Two years ago I was asked to be a Peer Immuniser for the Flu vaccine and I carried out 250 vaccinations. Last year that doubled and apparently I carried out 510. Wow.
Bee a flu hero. Don’t infect. Protect