St. Mary's Home

Infection Control and QI Nurse

6 days ago
Job ID
2017-1135
# of Openings
1
Category
Nursing
Type
Regular Full-Time
Schedule
Day shift position, MON-FRI, with flexibility
US-VA-Norfolk
23502

Overview

 

JOB SUMMARY: Incumbent works closely with the Medical Director and the Quality Control Manager to develop and implement a system of care that promotes sound and scientific infection prevention principles and practices. This Infection Control Nurse is charged with the responsibility of decreasing the incidence and transmission of infectious diseases between patients, staff, visitors and the community. Through strategic planning, leadership and consultation, you will lead and direct a robust team in the identification and implementation of infection prevention goals and objectives throughout the facility.  (If interviewed, applicant should provide a letter of recommendation for a previous employer, and provide proof of formal education and license or certificate required by this job.)

Responsibilities

  1. Partners with the Medical Director, facility leaders, physicians, local, state, and national agencies to create, implement, monitor, and modify the infection control policies and procedures to be use in the Home.
  2. Perform regular walk-through reviews of the interior and exterior, often accompanied by the Facility Maintenance Manager and the QI Manager, identifying any substances or equipment, furniture, supplies or tools that could pose a danger to individuals in the building and outside.
  3. Oversees the operations of industrial hygiene and relevant safety programs to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, mitigate and control workplace conditions
  4. Accountable for surveillance of healthcare acquired and community acquired infections
  5. Manages the goal setting process for the infection control system
  6. Participates in the national collaborative and external reporting to Virginia Department of Health.
  7. Is authorized and responsible for making sure that appropriate intervention and education occurs with staff, volunteers, visitors and medical staff when healthcare infection trends, outbreaks or non-compliance to infection control/OSHA are identified.
  8. Has the authority and responsibility to declare that certain rooms or units are on isolation.
  9. Ensures that education and counseling on infection prevention is available for staff, volunteers, medical staff, patients and parents.
  10. Is an active participant on the Home’s Safety Committee and its Quality Improvement Committee. Provides monthly report at the QI meetings and quarterly report to the Medical Review Committee.  
  11. Supports and participate in interdisciplinary performance and quality improvement process.
  12. Responsible for coordinating the administration of PPDs, HBV, and flu shots; maintains staff records to document that proper immunizations have been done on a timely basis.
  13. Maintains current knowledge of federal, state and local regulations and ensures that the facility leaders are informed of appropriate issues. Understands and complies with infection control, safety and OSHA procedures and regulations.
  14. Working closely with the Director of Professional Development, incumbent creates and implements a comprehensive clinical orientation module for all direct care staff.

Qualifications

 

  1. Graduate of a state-approved school of professional nursing; licensed as a Registered Nurse or a Licensed Practical Nurse in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  2. Specialty training in Infection Prevention and Control through accredited continuing education. Maintains membership in APIC (Association for Professionals in Infection Prevention Control and Epidemiology) on a regional and local level, preferred.
  3. Attends yearly Virginia APIC conferences.
  4. Certification Infection Prevention and Control by NADONA (IP-BC Credential) or completion of certification within 6 months of employment CIC or Certification in Infection Prevention and Control credentials through the Certification board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC) which may be obtained through APIC training courses.
  5. Must demonstrate strong communication and writing skills and an ability to relate to a wide variety of other professionals.
  6. Must possess effective teaching and mentoring skills.
  7. Must demonstrate sound clinical nursing skills.
  8. Must possess strong leadership qualities and characteristics while demonstrating initiative and good judgment in assessing staff and resident needs.
  9. Must have at least five (5) years of experience in a supervisory and/or clinical teaching position.
  10. Ability to sit, stand, and walk for variable periods of time.
  11. With or without required equipment (dependent upon the weight of the child) must be able to use proper procedures to safely lift residents to reposition them, place them in chairs, etc.
  12. Must wear approved attire for this position (refer to dress code policy).
  13. Must wear company-issued ID badge at all times.

Schedule

Day shift position, MON-FRI, with flexibility

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