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INFECTION CONTROL NURSE RN/LPN

Company: Nursing & Rehabilitation Center of New Port Richey
Location: New Port Richey
Posted on: November 26, 2022

Job Description:

INFECTION CONTROL NURSE -- RN
INFECTION PREVENTIONIST
FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt (Hourly)
Reports to: Director of Nursing
OVERVIEW:
The IP is responsible for the facility's activities aimed at preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) by ensuring that sources of infections are isolated to limit the spread of infectious organisms. - The IP systematically collects, analyzes, and interprets health data in order to plan, implement, evaluate, and disseminate appropriate public health practices. - The IP conducts educational and training activities for healthcare workers through instruction and dissemination of information on healthcare practices.
RESPONSIBILITIES:
- - - - - - - - - Making recommendations regarding the prevention and control of infection in collaboration with the Medical Director/Infections Disease physician on a 24-hour basis
- - - - - - - - - Providing advice for all staff members (all departments) regarding the management of infectious patients/residents and other infection prevention issues
- - - - - - - - - Coordinating the annual infection control risk assessment in conjunction with the Director of Nursing and the Infection Prevention Committee (IPC)
- - - - - - - - - Developing and implementing the annual infection prevention plan in conjunction with the IPC
- - - - - - - - - Evaluating the annual plan for goal achievement in conjunction with the IPC
- - - - - - - - - Conducting surveillance of infections-proper signage, wearing of PPE's, hand hygiene practices, point-of-care equipment cleaning etc.
- - - - - - - - - Ensuring the completion of audits regarding the implementation of and compliance with selected policies
- - - - - - - - - Participating in the Water Management Team and educating staff on Legionnaires Disease
- - - - - - - - - Providing education and training for all staff members and independent practitioners regarding the prevention and control of HAIs
- - - - - - - - - Liaise with the Director of Nursing regarding relevant staff member health issues
- - - - - - - - - Liaise with clinical teams regarding the development of standards, audits, and evidence base research on infection control and prevention.
- - - - - - - - - Presenting/providing the infection prevention quarterly and annual report to the IPC, Director of Nursing, Administrator, and the corporate clinical team.
- - - - - - - - - Providing infection control/prevention, surveillance, process outcomes reports to the corporate clinical team and facility leadership as required
- - - - - - - - - Cooperating with the County, State and Federal department of health regarding infectious and communicable disease reporting
- - - - - - - - - Lead clinician in the facility's annual influenza program
- - - - - - - - - Completing and submitting influenza statistics for the facility to the New York State Department of Health
- - - - - - - - - Assist in the Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) process
- - - - - - - - - other duties as assigned
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QUALIFICATIONS:
EDUCATION / EXPERIENCE:
- - - - - - - - - Bachelor's Degree in an applied clinical science (Nursing, Medical Technology, Microbiology, Public Health)
- - - - - - - - - Five years of relevant clinical experience for non-nurse applicants; Registered Nurses should have a broad level of experience including critical care, emergency medicine, and medical/surgical nursing.
- - - - - - - - - Master's Degree in nursing, epidemiology, public health, or related field is helpful
- - - - - - - - - Current professional licensure in the state in which working
- - - - - - - - - Successful completion of CDC's Nursing Home Infection Preventionist Training
- - - - - - - - - Certification in Infection Control (CIC) is helpful
- - - - - - - - - Previous experience in surveillance, teaching, curriculum development, and instruction is desired
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:
- - - - - - - - - This position manages the infection prevention and control activities of all employees of the facility.
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WORK ENVIRONMENT:
- - - - - - - - - This job operates in a health care setting. This role requires frequent walking (ICP rounds) to various locations around the care center.
- - - - - - - - - Incumbent may be exposed to virus, disease and infection from patients and specimens in working environment.
- - - - - - - - - Incumbent may be required to work extended periods of time at a video display terminal. Incumbent may experience traumatic situations, including psychiatric, and deceased patients.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
- - - - - - - - - The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job
- - - - - - - - - While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. - Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus
- - - - - - - - - This position requires intermittent physical activity, including standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping and crouching as well as lifting and supporting patients
- - - - - - - - - The employee must occasionally lift or move up to 50 pounds
- - - - - - - - - The noise level is moderate to quiet
TRAVEL: -
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- - - - - - - - - Travel is not expected for this position -
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Keywords: Nursing & Rehabilitation Center of New Port Richey, Brandon , INFECTION CONTROL NURSE RN/LPN, Healthcare , New Port Richey, Florida

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