The Infection Prevention Nurse is responsible for the day-to-day activities of surveillance, prevention and control of infections. Responsibilities will include facilitating development of infection prevention related policies, procedures and educational programs to comply with local, state, federal, Joint Commission and CDC regulations and guidelines. Duties will also include developing and monitoring activities related to continuous quality assessment and improvement; serving as a facilitator, educator, and resource for the organization relating to evidence-based practice infection prevention. This position does not directly manage any other caregivers
(May perform additional duties of similar complexity within SCHS as required or assigned)
Institute infection prevention measures to protect patients, caregivers, and visitors from suspected risks
Assist in collection, analyzing and presentation of data
Serves as a system wide Infection Prevention consultant
Provides immunizations to caregivers, volunteers, and licensed independent practitioners in collaboration with Caregiver Health
Investigates caregivers following exposure to infectious diseases or organisms and provides pertinent information to Caregiver Health to aid in their part of exposure follow up and prophylaxis, as needed. Consults with the Director of Infection Prevention/Caregiver Health and the Infectious Diseases Medical Director. Accesses and reviews patient records in EMR system for chart review, lab results and to monitor follow up.
May investigate and track caregivers following exposure to blood and body fluids by providing appropriate follow-up care, including HIV, Hep B, and Hep C testing and treatment counseling in collaboration with Caregiver Health..
Work in conjunction with Safety Director as it relates to monitoring the environment of care and performing infection prevention duties
Develop and maintain open lines of communications with all departments and medical staff
Educates individuals about infection risk, prevention and control
Conducts all activities with the highest standards of professionalism and confidentiality. Complies with all applicable laws, regulations, policies and procedures, supporting the health system’s corporate integrity efforts by acting in an ethical and appropriate manner, reporting known r suspected violations of applicable rules, and cooperating fully with all company investigations and proceedings.
Delivers customer service and/or patient care in a manner that promotes goodwill, is timely, efficient and accurate
Two years of recent experience in Infection Prevention required.
Five years of recent hospital nursing experience required.
Knowledge and experience with the standards of practice for Infection Prevention from APIC, Joint Commission, and other regulating bodies, or be willing to attain the knowledge through various resources.Recent infection prevention and control experience preferred. Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to work effectively with all personnel; experience in adult education, and computer literacy required.
Must have excellent communication skills and ability to interact with a diverse population and professionally represent SCHS.
Ability to effectively interact and communicate with all levels within SCHS and external customers/clients/potential employees
Strong team working and collaborative skills
Ability to multi-task and work independently
Attention to detail
Excellent organizational skills, written and oral communication and customer service skills, particularly in dealing with stressful personal interactions
Strong analytical, problem solving and decision making skills Demonstrated ability and experience in computer applications, use of electronic medical record keeping systems and Microsoft Office
Intermediate math skills in order to calculate statistical infection data reports and run charts
St. Charles Health System
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At St. Charles Health System, we are continually making advancements in our scope of services, facilities and technology. We are currently undergoing a system-wide EPIC EMR implementation to launch Spring 2018. We have invested in the latest version of Epic to bring the highest level of care to our patients.