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Infection Control Nurse

Company: Oak Hollow at Georgetown Rehabilitation Center, LL
Location: Georgetown
Posted on: January 26, 2023

Job Description:

The Healthcare Center Infection Preventionist is responsible for the development, direction, implementation, management, and operation of the infection prevention in the healthcare center. The healthcare center Infection Preventionist conducts ongoing staff development, training and quality assurance performance improvement monitoring to insure adherence with the organizational standards, CDC, and the county and state health departments. The responsibilities encompass compliance with Joint Commission (JC) standards, CMS, OSHA, and state regulations, outbreak investigation, and overall direction of the infection prevention and control program.Ensures facility follows regulatory requirements relating to staff credentialing and education. Provides services associated with ongoing professional development of staff at the facility.*ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES *include the following. Other duties may be assigned:* Acts as subject matter expert and resource within the healthcare center to residents/families, partners, providers, visitors, community, and public health regarding infection prevention and control measures, including identification of infectious disease processes.* Provides consultation and expertise to partners and residents in infection prevention and control practices as it relates to the transmission of infectious disease, management of isolation of patients, PPE usage, safe infection practices, disinfection, environmentalcleaning, facilities management (maintenance, renovation, and construction), water management, and evaluation of new products.* Assesses the immunization status of residents and partners, administers vaccines, and educates residents and partners about immunizations.* Completes necessary physical assessment and health history of resident and partners according to TB program guidelines.* Provides counseling and education about laboratory testing, follow-up x-rays, physical examination and therapy for TB prevention and disease.* Refers residents and partners for follow-up to outside agencies for continuity in care for any suspected or confirmed infectious disease process.* Maintains current knowledge with CMS, state and federal regulatory agencies and public health guidelines as it relates to infection prevention.* Reviews the risk of blood borne pathogens, OSHA standards, and exposure control plan to ensure implementation of best practice for occupational health to decrease the likelihood of exposures to infectious diseases.* Reviews the infection prevention and control policies and procedures annually and conducts formal partner training on updates and new regulations.* Develops, implements, and evaluates infection prevention and control goals, measurable objectives and action plans for the healthcare center infection prevention and control program.* Provides expert knowledge, guidance, and performs routine risk assessments in infection prevention and control in consultation and collaboration with infection control committee teams as appropriate.* Participates and supports infection prevention initiatives on center, region, and division levels to ensure our infection prevention program and processes are utilizing best practice approaches.* Maintains records and reports in accordance with organization standards, including documentation in electronic health records, reports, etc.* Provides ongoing infection prevention and control findings, recommendations, annual reports, policy, and procedure updates to the QAPI committee.Staff Development Program* Conducts new employee orientation and coordinates competency completion.* Ensures for or delivers annual mandatory and continuous education for staff using internal or external resources according to state and federal regulations and company policy.* Teaches certain in-house courses, such as the NA training program, special care unit training, etc.* Coordinates employee health program (immunizations, flu shots, physical exams, etc.)* Monitors and ensures current licensure and certifications of facility staff.* Maintains employee education, training, and health files.* May assist in the screening and hiring of nursing staff.* Completes required forms and documents in accordance with company policy and state and/or federal regulations.*Antibiotic Stewardship Program** Develops and evaluates goals, measurable objectives, and action plans for the HCC antibiotic stewardship program.* Improves the therapeutic use of antimicrobials through education of clinicians and prescribers, guidelines, and data reporting,* Collaborates with pharmacy services to identify and facilitate plans of correction using evidence-based practice interventions for improvements in the antibiotic stewardship program.* Provides ongoing reports to the QAPI committee of compliance updates.*Surveillance and Compliance** Conducts ongoing healthcare wide surveillance of healthcare associated infections through collection, review, analysis, and interpretation of data from various sources, (i.e., hand hygiene, occupational exposure incidents.).* Tracks and trends surveillance to identify opportunities for improvement based on data analysis including activities to decrease healthcare associated infections and improve resident outcomes related to identified infection control deficiencies.*ENTRY QUALIFICATIONS** Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)* Hold a current, unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse (RN)..*ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: ?*(Additional qualifications)* All infection preventionist are required to complete specialized training in Infection Prevention and Control by either CDC Nursing Home Infection Preventionist Web-based Training Course and/or University of North Carolina Spice Training as a condition of continued employment within three (3) months of employment.*PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND ENVIRONMENT** Employee is frequently required to stand, walk, use hands or fingers, reach with hands and arms, feel, talk and hear. Employee will occasionally lift objects weighing up to 50 lbs. Employee may occasionally be exposed to blood or other body fluids. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.Job Type: Full-timePay: $31.00 - $36.00 per hourBenefits:* Dental insurance* Health insurance* Life insurance* Paid time off* Tuition reimbursement* Vision insurancePhysical setting:* Inpatient* Long term care* Nursing home* Rehabilitation centerSchedule:* 8 hour shift* Day shift* Monday to Friday* Weekend availabilityAbility to commute/relocate:* Georgetown, SC 29440: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)License/Certification:* RN License (Required)* Associate Degree in Nursing (Required)Work Location: One location

Keywords: Oak Hollow at Georgetown Rehabilitation Center, LL, Charleston , Infection Control Nurse, Healthcare , Georgetown, South Carolina

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