All members of this team must be current DH employees. The High Threat Infection Team clinical team member is expected to attain and maintain clinical and training requirements to care for a highly infectious patient at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (D-H) and to participate in delivery of that care should a highly infectious patient present to D-H.
This per diem position will ensure that D-H is ready and capable of providing care to patients presenting with suspicion of highly Infectious diseases that represent high risk of transmission and/or significant risk of morbidity/mortality if meticulous attention to infection control practices are not followed.
A listing of the key responsibilities
Readiness Capability: Works collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team from each of the associated main functional areas (lab, waste management, infection control, environmental safety, etc.) to assure policies and procedures are understood and adequately tested to enable safe delivery of care for a highly infectious patient when that need arises.
Staffing: Participates in a staffing plan to cover 96 hours of continuous clinical care when needed; adherence to self-monitoring, occupational medicine screenings, and any other CDC recommendations, such as travel/movement restrictions, in the event clinical care is rendered.
Training: Completes initial training and fulfills a monthly requirement for refresher training; team members involved in or supporting patient care are appropriately trained for their roles, and according to their roles, have demonstrated proficiency in donning and doffing of PPE, proper waste management, infection control practices, and specimen transport.
Training Faculty: Recruiting of team members to serve as trainers will be focused on HIP response team participants who are willing and able to assume this additional competency and responsibility
Drills: Participates in quality assurance drills on a regular basis and assists in the resolution of identified deficiencies.
Reporting: Operationally reports to the Director of Quality Assurance and Safety or his/her designee and clinically reports to the response team clinical leader when functioning as a response team member.
Evaluation: Performance evaluations will occur as part of the D-H performance appraisal process and will be comprised of a 360 evaluation with assessments focused on performance as a response team member including, but not limited to competency in use of PPE and participation in training and drill activities; reviewers will include the team clinical leader, team training coach(s), and peer team member(s).
Graduate from an accredited Nursing Program required.
Minimum 1 year clinical experience as a Registered Nurse in an acute care setting.
Meets OSHA Respirator Clearance standards.
Meets D-H Infection Control Standards.
Current Dartmouth Hitchcock employee
Basic Life Support (BLS) Certificate required.