The Infection Control Nurse Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the activities of the facility's infection prevention and control program by assuming direct responsibility for infection surveillance, infection reporting, and provision of infection prevention and control technical support and education for the facility staff.
1.Knowledge of Work
Knowledge about Microsoft Office Applications.
Knowledge of infection prevention and control procedures, OSHA, CDC, and APIC guidelines.
Knowledge of CMS and Joint Commission infection prevention and control standards and regulations.
Knowledge of the principles of epidemiology and infectious disease.
Knowledge of the County Health department procedures and practices.
Thorough knowledge of all infectious disease, disease warning signs, and response procedures.
Knowledge of medical and nursing procedures is essential.
Skill in organizing and prioritizing workloads to meet deadlines.
Skill in telephone etiquette and paging procedures.
Effective oral and written communication skills.
Ability to communicate effectively with patients and co-workers.
Ability to adhere to safety policies and procedures.
Ability to use good judgment and to maintain confidentiality of information.
Ability to work as a team player.
Ability to demonstrate tact, resourcefulness, patience and dedication.
Ability to accept direction and adhere to policies and procedures.
Ability to recognize the importance of adapting to the various patient age groups.
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
Ability to meet facility and corporate deadlines.
Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations.21.
2.Duties and Responsibilities
Develop and maintain a method of identifying and recording known or suspected infections in patients and employees.
Carry out periodic inspections to ensure that procedures for the control of infections are being followed correctly.
Collect and maintain statistical data in regards to the identification and control of infections.
Coordinate closely with all departments to obtain information regarding patients and staff with suspected infections and ensuring control procedures are in place and adhered to.
Monitor employee and patient illnesses and health activities, respond to problem situations in an urgent manner, and report the number and type to the Infection Prevention and Control Committee.
Initiate discussion regarding possible epidemiological causes of illnesses, specifically the determination of hospital versus community acquired infections.
Contribute significantly to any interventions or recommendations made by the committee in response to the discussion about an illness.
Coordinate with the Infection Prevention and Control Committee to determine the direction of surveillance activities and actively evaluate effectiveness of the Infection Prevention and Control Plan annually.
Conduct periodic inspections to ensure that procedures for the control of infections are implemented and adhered to.
Conduct annual risk assessment with consideration of served populations, regional vulnerabilities, relevant statistical data, and new and emerging infectious diseases.
Identify objectives for infection monitoring, data collection and reporting.
Prepare reports to the Infection Prevention and Control Committee, Safety Committee, PI/Risk Management Committee, Medical Staff and Executive Committees, and Nursing Administration that includes data on infection rates by nursing units, site, and pathogen.
Report unusual clusters or outbreaks to Infection Prevention and Control Committee and conduct investigations as appropriate.
Notify the County and/or State Health Department/Board of any reportable diseases, adhering to all internal county and state procedures.
Ensure that all information pertinent to surveillance monitoring and reporting is maintained and reported to the Infection Prevention and Control Committee in a timely fashion.
Alert all facility medical staff regarding any actual or suspected infection, and initiate culture and sensitivity testing and control procedures as appropriate.
Develop and implement continuously improved patient care procedures and control mechanisms relating to infectious diseases.
Help control the spread of infection in accord with infection prevention and control policies and procedures by ascertaining the nature of the infection and the steps to be followed and judge their degree of implementation.
Identify the need for intervention in the care of patients and employees with infection and contact the appropriate individuals when necessary.
Track all monitored infection data to evaluate and investigate trends and report all trends to appropriate facility staff.
Evaluate and document the effectiveness of infection prevention and control activities.
Participate in infection prevention and control education of all employees during orientation and annually thereafter, including classes in infection prevention and control practices and employee health.
Act as a consultant in infection prevention and control for the Clinical Services Department by assisting with assessing patient infection problems, planning and evaluating the care of the patient, and making recommendations for aftercare as required.
Assist with the development of an education program pertaining to infection prevention and control within the facility.
Review and update infection prevention policies periodically to reflect the changes in regulations and practice.
Coordinate with the Infection Prevention and Control Committee to update and revise facility infection prevention and control policies, procedures and practices.
Consult with the Infection Prevention and Control Committee to provide information on infectious diseases, and control.
Continuously monitor all infections, and investigate and report on unusual events.
Ensure the infection prevention and control procedures meet CMS, Joint Commission, county and state, APIC, and CDC regulations, standards, or guidelines.
Organize Infection Prevention and Control Committee meetings monthly (minimum 10 per year), and maintain all meeting minutes.
Assist with the ongoing review of antibiotic usage at least monthly.
Act as a liaison between the State/County Board of Health and Health Department.
Performs other duties as assigned.
3.Initiative and Judgment/Attendance and Reliability
Independently recognizes and performs duties which need to be done without being directly assigned. Establishes priorities; organizes work and time to meet them.
Recognizes and responds to priorities, accepts changes and new ideas. Has insight into problems and the ability to develop workable alternatives.
Accepts constructive criticism in a positive manner.
Adheres to attendance and punctuality requirements per hospital policy. Provides proper notification for absences and tardiness. Takes corrective action to prevent recurring absences or tardiness.
Uses time effectively and constructively. Does not abuse supplies, equipment, and service.
Observes all hospital and departmental policies governing conduct while at work (e.g., telephone and computer use, electronic messaging, smoking regulations, parking, breaks and other related policies).
Understands, respects and displays sensitivity to culture, age and persons with disabilities.
Participates actively and positively affects the outcomes of customer service activities.
Uses effective collaborative strategies as evidenced by:
a) Developing peer relationships that enable the work group to accomplish the daily workload within the allotted time frame and achieve departmental goals. b) Recognizing and understanding that as a member of an interdependent group, collaboration and compromise is required in order to maintain the effectiveness of the group as a whole to effectively resolve problems. c) Timely notification to Department Manager/Director of potential problems or concerns. When faced with a problem or concern, is proactive by presenting suggested solutions at the time that the Department Manager/Director is made aware of the problem or concern. d) Displaying teamwork ability to promote cooperation and collaboration; gaining support for programs and goals. e) Supports Patient Rights.
a) Treating internal and external customers as the most important part of the job. b) Being sensitive to customer's emotions, thoughts and feelings. c) Refraining from negative comments of any kind where the public or other customers can hear. d) Taking appropriate actions to resolve the concern.
a) Effective and timely processing of customers' requests according to hospital and departmental policies. b) Utilizing verbal communication methods, which enable others to clearly understand what is being said. c) Utilizing verbal and non-verbal behaviors without being defensive, manipulative, aggressive or controlling. d) Using written communication that is legible, timely and at a level based on the position specific requirements. e) Listening attentively to ensure effective two-way communication. f) Expressing and accepting feedback in a professional manner. g) Answering the telephone with stating department, name and greeting.
Interacts with coworkers, other hospital staff, physicians, and the public in a courteous, professional and efficient manner.
Establishes good rapport and working relationships with coworkers, other hospital staff, physicians and the public
Observes dress code policy and wears hospital identification as required by our policies and procedures.
5.Continuous Quality Improvement
Understands and abides by all departmental policies and procedures as well as the Codes of Ethics, HIPAA requirements and patient rights.
Complies with federal, state, local laws that govern business practices. Complies with all Department of Health Services requirements for the State of California, and HCFA standards that apply to the position.
Is knowledgeable and adheres to TJC/DHS/CMS standards specific to the position.
Participates actively in ensuring that all state and federal rules and regulations are followed as they apply to this position.
Conducts business in an ethical and trustworthy manner at all times when dealing with patients, visitors, physicians, and fellow employees.
Education and Environment of Care
Attends scheduled in service and mandatory in service. Communicates ideas to supervisor for a safer layout of equipment, tools, and/or processes.
Follows standard precautions and transmission based precautions as shown by consistent use of appropriate personal protective equipment.
Adheres to procedures for the disposal of waste - household waste and biohazard waste as well as the proper disposal of sharps.
Uses proper body mechanics and safe patient handling devices at all times. Seeks assistance when necessary to move heavy objects or to transport/transfer a heavy patient.
Is knowledgeable in the hospital safety program and takes necessary steps to maintain a safe environment. Adheres to safe work practices in order to prevent injuries and illnesses.
Is familiar with emergency codes and emergency preparedness procedures and understands his/her role in response to each of the emergency codes (Code Red, Code Blue, Code Pink, Code Orange, Code Yellow, Code Gray, Code Silver, Code Purple, etc.)
Maintains the department in a neat, clean, and orderly manner, especially in own work area.
Eliminates or assists in eliminating any seen or known hazards in the workplace. Reports any unsafe conditions to his or her immediate supervisor.
Demonstrates good safety habits and judgment by maintaining a safe environment at all times.
Complies with all hospital safety and injury prevention policies and regulations (seven Environment of Care plans and hospital safety policies and procedures).
Understands the Continuous Quality Improvement Process and applies it in performing everyday tasks/duties. Active participant in Continuous Quality Improvement program by assisting in finding new and better ways of performing duties and responsibilities.
Understands performance improvement concepts and demonstrates understanding by:
a) Defining performance improvement, and verbalizing at least one major goal of the performance improvement program within the hospital setting.
b) Ability to describe a quality improvement problem solving process (e.g., PDCA) and how its use assists in reaching improving patient outcomes and/or organizational quality improvement goals.
c) Able to verbalize at least one departmental or hospital wide improvement initiative that has occurred within the last 12 months.
Continually strives for self-improvement in areas of responsibility by attending continuing education classes.
Cooperates with others in the improvement of services offered at our institution. Continually makes recommendations that assist in the improvement of services.
Graduate from an accredited program of professional nursing program required. Bachelor's Degree (preferred).
Minimum of two (2) years of experience as a nurse in an acute care health-care facility (preferred).
Continuing education in infection prevention and control related topics required.
Thorough knowledge of Joint Commission, CMS, OSHA, and state/federal regulatory requirements.
Ahmc Healthcare Inc.