WMC REGISTERED NURSE - INFECTION & PREVENTION CONTROL

Job Locations US-AK-Wrangell
Job ID
2021-4982
Category
NURSING, OTHER PATIENT CARE
Type
Regular Full-Time/80hrs (1.0 FTE)

About Us:

 

SEARHC is a non-profit health consortium which serves the health interests of the residents of Southeast Alaska. We see our employees as our strongest assets. It is our priority to further their development and our organization by aiding in their professional advancement.

 

Working at SEARHC is more than a job, it’s a fulfilling career. We offer generous benefits, including retirement, paid time off, paid parental leave, health, dental, and vision benefits, life insurance and long and short-term disability, and more.

Job Overview:

The Infection Prevention & Control Registered Nurse (IPCRN) is responsible for the surveillance, analysis, interpretation and reporting of healthcare associated infections (HAI); monitoring reportable conditions, educating employees about infection prevention; and the development of health system policies and procedures to insure rigorous infection prevention and control standards that meet accreditation requirements, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Centers for Medicaid/ Medicare Services (CMS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Federal Drug Administration (FDA), and other nationally recognized agencies and evidence based infection prevention and control practices within their assigned geography. Ensures timely reporting of infection prevention and control measures and outcomes based on CMS requirements.

 

The IPCRN is responsible for providing infection prevention and control education to assigned areas within their assigned geography. The IPCRN plans, develops, and implements a comprehensive consortium wide, infection prevention and control program. Sets goals based on risk assessments, evidence based practices, accreditation standards, and regulatory requirements in collaboration with the Infection Prevention and Control Committee. Conducts evidence based research to determine appropriate actions by collecting, analyzing and interpreting data. Facilitates and supports the process of educating staff, patients, and visitors on matters of infection prevention and control.

 

The IPCRN works in collaboration with the Nursing and Performance Improvement teams and is cross trained to assist in the department needs.

Responsibilities:

  • Infection Prevention and Control Program. Responsible for the development, implementation, maintenance, and updating of the SEARHC Infection Prevention and Control Plan and Program in alignment with all IPC regulatory agencies and leading practices. Appropriate policies and procedures are written, approved, and implemented that support the IPC program and initiatives using CDC, OSHA, FDA, TJC, and Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) guidelines.
  • Data/Reporting. Collects, trends, prepares, and maintains all infection control data and statistical reports and records, providing appropriate reports as needed to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) and other regulatory agencies. Provides support and resource assistance to all areas in the Consortium in regards to infection prevention, control and surveillance.
  • Education/Training. Serves as an expert for Infection Prevention and Control, staying abreast of the most current literature and leading practices; facilitates and promotes IPC education and training of all Wrangell Medical Center staff, patients, families, and communities; maintains a strong working relationship with Public Health and other regional, state, and national entities to ensure up- to-date information is being distributed to Wrangell Medical Center constituents. Conducts new and annual employee IPC orientation and training.   
  • Leadership and Teamwork. Serves as a role model and liaison for IPC to others; strives to maintain positive working relationships with all stakeholders to ensure the best possible teamwork. Serves as a co-chair for IPC committee, and participates in other committees/teams as needed. May require some travel to various sites within SEARHC to assess, educate, and train others.
  • Participate with activities related to outbreaks. Educate individuals regarding infection prevention and control policies and procedures related to employee screening and immunizations.  As directed by the Infection Prevention and Control Manager, participates in policy development and meetings. 
  • Other duties as assigned by the Performance Improvement Manager and/or Infection Prevention and Control Manager.

Qualifications:

Education

  • Associates Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelors Degree in healthcare related field of study (Nursing or Public Health) is preferred

License and Certifications

  • RN License required
  • Certification in Infection Control (CIC) required within one year of hire.
  • Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality preferred.
  • BLS current within 3 months of hire, and bi-annually thereafter.

Experience

  • Minimum two (2) years of acute care/infection control experience and/or data collection and performance improvement/risk management experience. 
  • Experience with basic statistics and epidemiological principles.
  • Previous nursing experience in clinical or public health setting
  • 3 years nursing experience in clinical setting or public health setting preferred 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge:

  • Working knowledge of epidemiology and infectious disease.
  • Working knowledge of project management and performance improvement methodology.
  • Understanding of data analysis and statistics.
  • Working knowledge of OSHA Blood Borne Pathogen Standards, OSHA Tuberculosis Protection, Title 22, state and federal laws related to communicable diseases and CMS guidelines.
  • Sound knowledge of nursing practice and adult immunization schedules.
  • Interpretation of employee screening laboratory results and identification of appropriate follow up actions.
  • Knowledge of infection prevention and control and regulatory requirements.

Skills:

  • Accurate, precise, and timely data entry and reports.
  • Proficient computer skills in MS Office and database applications.
  • Administration of immunizations, skin tests.
  • Skilled blood draw/collection.
  • Advanced computer skills, word processing, spreadsheets and database management.
  • Oral and written communication.

Ability to:

  • Synthesize regulatory requirements and evidence based practices from a variety of professional and accrediting organizations and to translate knowledge into policy, implementation and staff education.
  • Communicate appropriately with consideration of health literacy needs for specific audiences in multicultural settings.
  • Manage programs and evaluate effectiveness.
  • Collect, analyze, trend, and report data accurately and effectively.
  • Work in a team environment and independently as necessary.
  • Maintain a professional demeanor and communicate clearly with staff and leadership.
  • Work independently with minimal oversight.
  • Perform basic nursing skills including assessment, immunization administration, documentation and client teaching.
  • Computer literate.
  • Plan, organize and prioritize workload, time, materials, and resources.
  • Prepare and interpret reports and maintain confidential information.
  • Collaborate with other healthcare professionals, staff members.

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