Ever do a flu shot clinic?

  1. Hi,
    I'm thinking about giving flu shots for a little extra income this fall and was wondering if anyone has any pointers or feedback on their experience. Thanks, Jules
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  3. by   jannrn
    I'm curious too...
  4. by   Spacklehead
    I did flu shot clinics right after I graduated about 10 years ago. I was hired just for the clinics through a couple of different VNA's. I was paid $20/hr plus mileage to and from the VNA office or between two different clinic sites. There were also RN's who were hired just to set up the sites and supervise those of us who gave the injections. It was the easiest job I ever had. Definitely go for it!

    The nice thing was I could sign up for as many or as few clinics as I wanted. Start getting in touch with VNAs now because they have already started doing the clinics in some areas.
    Last edit by Spacklehead on Sep 25, '06
  5. by   Quickbeam
    I used to do these when I was an Occ Health nurse. My Company would hire me out and I'd do hundreds at a time. Easy money. You will get some whiners ("Ow! Needles never hurt me like that! You did it wrong!"....)and some needlephobes but otherwise I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
  6. by   LisaRn21
    How do you get to do these clinics? Can you pick your own hours...like can I do it on my days off or on the weekends to gain some extra $??
  7. by   P_RN
    I believe you would have to do it under the umbrella of a health care organization. I mean you can't just go buy a vial of vaccine and set up shop. I've done dozens and dozens of clinics, both for a doctor and under the aegis of public health. Just remember to document and get releases signed.
  8. by   lindarn
    Quote from Softballmama
    I did flu shot clinics right after I graduated about 10 years ago. I was hired just for the clinics through a couple of different VNA's. I was paid $20/hr plus mileage to and from the VNA office or between two different clinic sites. There were also RN's who were hired just to set up the sites and supervise those of us who gave the injections. It was the easiest job I ever had. Definitely go for it!

    The nice thing was I could sign up for as many or as few clinics as I wanted. Start getting in touch with VNAs now because they have already started doing the clinics in some areas.
    Who paid you $20 an hour? I did a flu shot clinic for Maxim a couple of years ago, and all they paid me was $14 an hour. No mileage, and I drove 140 miles EACH WAY to the Costco where they had it. When they called me the next year, I told them I would only do it as an independant contractor, not an employee at a much higher salary. Of course, they did not to go for that. When they called me again, the next year, I told them the same thing. When they refused again, I told them that they must not need nurses that badly for these clinics. I guess that they find enough suckers who are willing to sell their professional services for HS dropout wages.

    Lindarn, RN, BNSN, CCRN
    Spokane, Washington
    Last edit by lindarn on Sep 26, '06
  9. by   Jules A
    Thank you all for the replies. This is probably the dumbest question of the day but what is VNA? Thanks!
  10. by   Mithrah
    I did this last year and what a waste of my time for only $16/hour. Maxim was the company I worked for, and yes, they do pay very poorly. I did it more for "fun" and to get out there for the experience. I doubt I would ever do it again unless the pay was at least double that.
  11. by   Annor
    I worked for Maxim too....on Long island.
    I was paid $18.00/hour.......loved the job. No stess and fun to do....

    The following year year they offered me $14.00/hour....
    I told them no way....they gave me no reason why the pay dropped so low...

    Like someone said...I guess they dont need nurses that bad.






    Quote from Mithrah
    I did this last year and what a waste of my time for only $16/hour. Maxim was the company I worked for, and yes, they do pay very poorly. I did it more for "fun" and to get out there for the experience. I doubt I would ever do it again unless the pay was at least double that.
  12. by   lindarn
    Quote from Annor
    I worked for Maxim too....on Long island.
    I was paid $18.00/hour.......loved the job. No stess and fun to do....

    The following year year they offered me $14.00/hour....
    I told them no way....they gave me no reason why the pay dropped so low...

    Like someone said...I guess they dont need nurses that bad.
    My educated guess, is that in a couple of years, they will have Medical Assistants administer the shots, (don't they give shots in physician's offices?), and one physician will oversee the clinic. Of course this will occurr in a Walmart. Then they can offer to pay only $10 an hour. Stand by for the next round of de- skilling of licensed, professional nursing care. JMHO, and my NY $0.02.

    Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
    Spokane, Washington
    Last edit by lindarn on Sep 26, '06
  13. by   tkhayman
    i was just thinking of doing a flu shot clinic as i am in between jobs right now. i am not so sure if i want to anymore if all the are going to offer is $14/hr.
  14. by   lindarn
    Quote from tkhayman
    i was just thinking of doing a flu shot clinic as i am in between jobs right now. i am not so sure if i want to anymore if all the are going to offer is $14/hr.
    That is it. What you see is what you get.

    Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
    Spokane, Washington

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