Looking for Permanent, full Time, candidates only.
The Infection Control Coordinator (ICC) is responsible for providing accurate, timely, and quality coordination of the Mee Memorial Healthcare System’s (MMHS) Infection Control Program including but not limited to Surveillance and prevention activities, data collection, analysis and trending, education of staff, and being a key resource for all departments and services regarding Infection Control. Is accountable for, and will ensure adherence to infection control standards, policies and procedures. Will work collaboratively with the Medical Staff and Employee Health Services. Achievement and possession of a current Board Certification in Infection Prevention and Control (CIC) is required at the time of hire, and throughout employment as reflection of successful completion of verified competency through a combination of education, and written examination.
PERFORMANCE DIMENSIONS AND TASKS
1. The ICC will report directly to the Chief Nursing Officer and will work with, and receive the necessary support from personnel as needed.
2. The ICC will collaborate with all MMHS personnel, Medical Staff, and others who work on behalf of this organization, and utilize appropriate epidemiological methods to increase the likelihood of achieving desired infection prevention outcomes.
3. Duties will include, but is not limited to coordinating infection surveillance, education, administrative, and control measures to assure that the transmission risks and complications of infections and infectious diseases are minimized to MMHS clients, personnel, and visitors.
4. In this role, the ICC will be required to manage and maintain responsibilities including the roles of statistician, educator, consultant, improvement coordinator, and evaluator of practice. The ICC will be conversant with the infection hazards of all patient care services in order to be able to recommend and evaluate the effect of prevention strategies.
5. With the emphasis on improvement and publicly reported data, the ICC will possess a heightened ability to provide statistical analysis of data, be knowledgeable regarding the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) data management and evaluate and implement prevention strategies.
6. Will be a Key player in planning, development, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and revision of Infection Prevention and Control Program goals, standards, policies and procedures.
7. As required, reports communicable diseases and supporting laboratory data to the local, state and national health departments.
8. Facilitates meeting applicable regulatory requirements through monitoring and reporting infection trends.
9. Participates in epidemiological investigations of significant clusters of infection above established standards and of unusual isolates.
10. Interacts with Employee/Occupational Health (if applicable) to institute and maintain control measures pertaining to health care work exposures.
11. Provides in-service education (departmental, general orientation, annual review and as needed).
12. Monitor the Infection Prevention department’s compliance with California Department of Public Health regulations and accreditation standards. Make recommendations for change and follows up to ensure compliance.
13. Investigate and follows up on all hospital staff who have an infectious disease.
14. Develop and implement a mechanism whereby all staff that has an infection disease is monitored.
15. Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree in Epidemiology, Microbiology, Public Health, Nursing, or related field, required. Master’s Degree preferred.
Clinical Laboratory Scientists (CLS) will be considered.
Current California Registered Nurse license, or Clinical Laboratory Scientist license
Current Certification in Infection Prevention (CIC) required.
American Heart Association Basic Life Support certificate, required (within 30-days of hire).
Experience: Recent 3+ years of experience in infection prevention and control in an acute healthcare setting.
Demonstrated knowledge of microbiology, laboratory procedures, aseptic technique and epidemiological techniques.
Demonstrated ability to comprehend and utilize scientific data and statistical techniques / methods; screen data results for variations and/or errors, function as liaison, instructor, consultant and coordinator with Hospital Departments.
Demonstrated organizational, problem solving and decision-making skills.
Ability to effectively communicate (verbal and written); Must be able to deal tactfully with patients, physicians and staff.
Ability to read, write, and communicate effectively in English.
Written and oral communication, reading comprehension, problem-solving, critical thinking and analytical skills, knowledge of medical terminology, biology and mathematics; some knowledge of nursing procedures desired.
Must be able to lift and push/pull up to 25 pounds.
Must be able to bend, reach overhead and kneel.
Eyesight sufficiently corrected to work at a computer screen. Ability to ambulate.
Willing to perform repetitive tasks.
Ability to work well with others and to perform a variety of assigned duties.
Infection Control Nurse