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Title

Infection Preventionist - RN 

Location Bill Nichols Veterans Home  
Position Infection Preventionist - RN  
Description

Purpose

The primary purpose of this job position is to plan, organize, develop, coordinate, and direct the infection control program and its activities in accordance with current federal, state, and local standards, guidelines, and regulations that govern such programs, and as may be directed by the Administrator and the Infection Control Committee to ensure that an effective infection control program is maintained at all times.

Essential Functions

  • Plan, develop, organize, implement, evaluate, coordinate, and direct the infection control program in accordance with current rules, regulations, and guidelines that govern such requirements in the long-term care facility.
  • Ensure that the facility is in compliance with current CDC, OSHA, and local regulations concerning infection control or universal precautions.
  • Develop, maintain, and periodically update infection control precautions and aseptic technique that successfully correct problem areas.
  • Interpret infection control policies and procedures as necessary.
  • Assist in evaluating and implementing recommendations from the Infection Control Committee.
  • Make written and oral reports/recommendations to the Administrator, and Director of Nursing, as necessary/required, concerning the infection control program of this facility. Serve on, participate in, and attend Infection Control Committee meetings.
  • Represent the Infection Control Committee as required.
  • Assist the Infection Control Committee in evaluating and revising our infection control practices and aseptic technique to ensure continued sanitation practices are maintained throughout the facility.
  • Provide the Infection Control Committee with written and oral reports concerning all nosocomial infections within the facility.
  • Provide information relative to TB assessment and make recommendations concerning the protocols to follow in isolating TB cases.
  • Develop and implement a practical system of detecting, evaluating, recording, and reporting infections which originate with facility personnel.
  • Ensure that major changes in our cleaning products or techniques are approved by the Committee.
  • Assist the personnel director in developing and implementing our employee health services program, to include individual counseling as outlined in our infection control and employee health program.
  • Provide personnel with information concerning the facility's policies governing hepatitis B vaccinations.
  • Assist in establishing the TB Mantoux testing, all other required vaccinations, and record keeping protocols for all employees.
  • Orient new employees to the importance of infection control policies and procedures, personal hygiene, handwashing techniques, etc., as well as the employee's responsibility in following our established procedures for tasks involving exposure to blood/body fluids.
  • Report occupational exposures to blood, body fluids, infectious materials, and hazardous chemicals in accordance with the facility's policies and procedures governing accidents and incidents.
  • Monitor infection control practices and procedures to ensure that all personnel are implementing our standard operating procedures for tasks involving exposure to blood/body fluids.
  • Assist all departments in evaluating and classifying routine and job-related functions to ensure that tasks involving exposure to blood/body fluids are properly identified.
  • Make rounds to nursing units for the purpose of case findings, review of environmental sanitation procedures, and supervision of isolation precautions/practices.
  • Visit isolated residents as necessary to ensure that established isolation precautions and aseptic technique are followed.
  • Review and analyze infectious disease laboratory reports and consult with the Director of Nursing Services in developing the plan for assuring that aseptic techniques are implemented.
  • Assist in developing and implementing guidelines for the decontamination and sterilization activities performed in the facility.
  • Ensure that all personnel follow established procedures for the disposal and removal of infective and contaminated materials from the facility.
  • Prepare monthly summaries of all resident/personnel infections, corrective action taken, and the results of the corrective action. Submit copies to the Administrator and Director of Nursing Services.
  • Prepare summaries of special investigations on the occurrence of nosocomial and community-acquired infections.
  • Provide the Director of Nursing Services with a report of pertinent findings and recommendations pertaining to nosocomial infection.
  • Ensure that all nursing service personnel follow established isolation precautions and aseptic technique to include universal precautions.
  • Ensure that residents with known communicable or infectious diseases are placed in isolation or on infection control precautions to include universal precautions.
  • Interview residents or family members and explain isolation and universal precautions as necessary.
  • Maintain a written record of all residents and employees who have nosocomial infections.
  • Monitor medication passes and treatments to ensure that appropriate handwashing techniques are being followed in the handling and administering of drugs, medications, and treatments.
  • Review nurses' notes of those residents in/on isolation precautions to ensure that they are informative and descriptive of the nursing care being provided and that they reflect the resident's response to the care.
  • Assist nursing service personnel in performing nursing care procedures as necessary.
  • Obtain culture samples in accordance with our established procedures.
  • Participate in surveys of possible carriers among residents and personnel, and in tracing possible sources of infection within the facility.
  • Assist the Director of Laundry Services in developing infection control procedures for the handling of clean and soiled laundry/linen, equipment cleaning, etc.
  • Assist the Director of Housekeeping Services in developing infection control procedures for the routine and terminal cleaning of isolation rooms and areas, equipment cleaning, etc.
  • Participate in facility surveys (inspections) made by authorized government agencies.
  • Assist the Discharge Planning Coordinator in developing and implementing discharge plans for the resident in isolation or on infection control precautions.
  • Report all reportable diseases to the county and state health departments.
  • Develop and participate in the planning, conducting, and scheduling of timely in-service training classes and educational programs that provide instructions on "how to do the job" for all facility personnel.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain an effective orientation program that orients the new employee to our infection control and employee health program.
  • Provide leadership training that includes the administrative and supervisory principles essential for Nurse Supervisors/Charge Nurses.
  • Assist support services in developing, implementing, and conducting in-service training programs relative to infection control.
  • Assist with annual OSHA and CDC in-service training programs for hazard communication, TB management, and blood borne pathogens standard.
  • Develop a training program for all personnel required to perform tasks involving exposure to blood/body fluids.
  • Attend and participate in continuing educational programs designed to keep you abreast of changes in your profession, as well as to maintain your license on a current status.
  • Develop and maintain a good rapport with all services involved with the care plan to ensure that a team effort is achieved in developing the resident's total regimen of care in preventing and controlling infections.
  • Perform administrative duties such as completing medical forms, reports, evaluations, studies, charting, etc., as necessary.
  • Attend departmental and staff meetings as directed or called.
  • Attend and participate in in-service educational classes and on-the-job training programs, etc., as scheduled or directed.
  • Provide direct nursing care as necessary.

Work Schedule

  • As assigned, including some week-ends, evenings and Holidays.

Working Conditions

  • Works in well-lighted/ventilated areas.
  • Most of the work is performed indoors
  • Is subject to frequent interruptions.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • Is involved with residents, personnel, visitors, government agencies, etc., under all conditions and circumstances.
  • Is subject to hostile and emotionally upset residents, family members, etc.
  • Communicates with the medical staff, nursing staff, and other department supervisors.
  • Works beyond normal duty hours, on weekends, and in other positions temporarily, when necessary.
  • May be exposed to bodily fluids, infectious waste, diseases, conditions, etc., including the AIDS and hepatitis B viruses.

Physical Requirements

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; implements or office equipment; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear.
  • Must be able to speak and write the English language in an understandable manner.
  • Collect information through observation, listening, touching, and smelling.
  • Must have auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess
  • Job requires regular sitting, standing, walking, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching, reaching, pushing, pulling, twisting, writing, and carrying charts, food, trays, etc.
  • Must be able to move intermittently throughout the work day.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance and color vision and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Employee may be required to move chairs, beds, and medical equipment, move patients in bed (with or without assistance).
  • Must be able to cope with the mental and emotional stress of the position.
  • Must function independently, have flexibility, personal integrity, and the ability to work effectively with the residents, personnel, and support agencies.
  • Must be in good general health and demonstrate emotional stability.
  • Must be able to relate to and work with ill, disabled, elderly, emotionally upset, and at times hostile people within the facility.
  • May be required to lift, push, pull, and move equipment, supplies, etc., in excess of fifty (50) pounds.
  • Must be able to assist in the evacuation of residents.

Safety, Sanitation and Infection Controls

  • Assure the assigned work areas are maintained in a clean, safe and sanitary manner.
  • Assure that established infection control and universal precautions practices are observed.
  • Report all hazardous conditions or equipment to your supervisor.
  • Follow established safety policies and procedures.
  • Dispose of refuse daily in accordance with established sanitation procedures.
  • Keep work/assignment areas free of hazardous objects, unnecessary equipment, supplies, etc.
  • Report any accident/incident to your supervisor no matter how minor.

 
Position Requirements

Qualifications

  • Must possess a current, unencumbered, active license to practice as a Registered Nurse in this state.
  • Must be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language.
  • Must possess the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action.
  • Must possess the ability to deal tactfully with personnel, residents, family members, visitors, government agencies/personnel, and the general public.
  • Must be knowledgeable of nursing and medical practices and procedures, as well as laws, regulations, and guidelines that pertain to long-term care and infection control, to include universal precautions.
  • Must possess leadership and supervisory ability and the willingness to work harmoniously with and supervise other personnel.
  • Must possess the ability to plan, organize, develop, implement, and interpret the programs, goals, objectives, policies and procedures, etc., that are necessary for preventing and controlling infections, to include the establishing of universal precautions.
  • Must have patience, tact, a cheerful disposition and enthusiasm, as well as the willingness to handle difficult residents and staff.
  • Must be willing to seek out new methods and principles and be willing to incorporate them into existing nursing practices.
  • Must be able to relate information concerning a resident's condition.
  • Must not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of other individuals in the workplace.
 
Shift -not applicable-  
Full-Time \ Part-Time \ PRN Full-Time 

Full-Time/Part-Time -unspecified-  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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