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Infection Control Coordinator, RN

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Inglis enables people with disabilities – and those who care for them – to achieve their goals and live life to the fullest.
It is essential that all duties are performed with the highest level of integrity, while supporting Inglis Values and Standards of Excellence, ensuring the achievement of competencies and compliance with regulatory agencies.

Inglis enables people with disabilities – and those who care for them – to achieve their goals and live life to the fullest. The primary purpose of the Infectious Control Nurse is to coordinate and manage the facility’s Infection Control Program.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS, QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS:

Surveillance
•    Identify and monitor specified nosocomial infections, performs targeted surveillance, outbreak investigations and ad hoc projects as defined by the Department of Aging and Center for Disease Control (CDC). 
•    Participates in performance improvement projects related in communicable diseases and emerging pathogens within the facility
•    Collects, monitors, and maintains records and data pertinent to surveillance, via computer support (utilizing Center for Disease Control (CDC) infection criteria, documentation and investigation techniques.)
•    Round on each unit/ neighborhood for the purpose of case definition,  monitoring of infection control practices, and other related patient care issues
•    Implement and oversee facility Antibiotic Stewardship Program
•    Partner with Occupational Medicine for employee related infection control issues
•    Investigate possible communicable disease exposures among health care workers,
residents, and/or visitors
•    Tracing the possible sources of infection or transmission of microorganisms within the facility


Problem Identification
•    Understand the transmission of infections and assists in the reduction of risk among residents, staff, volunteers, students, and visitors.
•    Assists in identifying epidemiologically important issues for the Board of Trustees, and Administration so that appropriate plans for action can be designed including Surveillance, Outbreak Investigations, and Performance Improvement Projects.
•    Identify and report communicable diseases as required by the state and the local health authority, for example, TB, AIDS, and other current public health issues.
•    Identify and report healthcare associated infections as required by state and local health authority.
•    Monitors for compliance with federal and state laws regarding Infection Control issues such as medical wastes, chemicals in the workplace, infectious disease exposures, and OSHA, CalOsh, and NIOSH standards related to blood borne pathogens and respiratory pathogens.


Policies and Procedures:
•    Drafts, reviews, and evaluates Infection Control policies or practices associated with infection control as needed.
•    Create, evaluate, and update facility’s infection plan based upon surveillance data findings.
•    Makes recommendations utilizing professional guidelines (CDC, APIC, etc.) to comply with regulatory and accrediting agencies such as federal, state, and local health agencies, and the Department of Aging. 
•    Attends all meetings of the Infection Control Committee and participates in other committees as assigned. 


Coordination:
•    Acts as liaison for Infection Control and as consultant for the facility to integrate
Infection Control activities
•    Creating strategies to reduce the risk of disease transmission and improved infection control practices.


Education:
•    Provide in-services, education and trainings to all employees regarding Infection Control techniques and Policies and Procedures.

PERSON CENTERED CARE

•    Champion for culture change and supportive leadership.
•    Demonstrates a real sense of inquiry and a personal willingness to learn.
•    Demonstrates the ability to take responsible actions within the parameters of the role without a constant need to be directed by others.
•    Demonstrates politeness and respectfulness and evidences the self-awareness of the effect of her/his behavior on others.
•    Demonstrates mutual respect for diversity.

PEOPLE & TEAM LEADERSHIP

•    Demonstrates Inglis people and leadership values and behaviors
•    Demonstrates the ability to follow-up on schedules, set priorities and achieve deadlines
•    Demonstrates the Inglis Code of Conduct and builds trusted partnerships throughout the Inglis organization.
•    Establishes and maintains effective relationships by gaining trust and respect.
•    Is approachable and easy to talk with; puts forth an extra effort to make people at ease; is patience and builds rapport with customers and is a good listener.
•    A team player and has the trust and support of peers.
•    Promotes collaboration within the department

TECHNOLOGY:     
•    Actively engages in the use of computer systems and technology to enhance the day-to-day flow of information
•    Encourages and supports staff on the appropriate use of computer systems and technology
•    Understands common computer terminology and fundamentals of computers
•    Network account login, Basic Windows skills
•    Parts of the Windows desktop
•    Use the mouse; move and resize windows
•    File management, Open, view and print files
•    Save files, dating, and basic version control
•    When and why to store files in Desktop (C:\ drive), OneDrive, and Shared folders
•    Identifying, selecting and applying a variety of learning technologies, and matching the appropriate technology to the specific learning opportunity or challenge at hand.


ROLE SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES

Analytical Capabilities. Can distinguish between main issues and side issues. Can interpret an opinion/convictions/fact/
emotion/reproach and can see connections, trends and patterns.

Problem Solving/Analysis- Considers multiple sides of an issue. Weighs consequences before making final 
decision. Makes informed decisions based on available information. Recognizes issues, and determines actions 
needed to advance the decision-making process. Follows up as necessary.

Collaboration- Demonstrates awareness and respect of cultural and individual values; leverages the strengths of others to 
Accomplish goals, regardless of background.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

In addition to the necessary skills and experience to perform the responsibilities outlined above, there are a number of traits that a successful candidate will possess.  

•     Candidate must possess a BSN degree ;( Master’s in Nursing, Healthcare Management or Public Health preferred).
•    This candidate must also possess a minimum of 2-4 yrs. of infection control experience within a long term care or hospital setting. 
•    Candidate must possess a Certification of Infection Control, to be considered for this position.