Infection Preventionist/Employee Health Nurse in Nashville, TN at Acadia Healthcare

Date Posted: 11/16/2020

Job Snapshot

Job Description

OVERVIEW

This individual has oversight over all infection control and prevention related activities within the organization. This individual will also be responsible for all functions of the employee health program and for providing clinical employee health services at Ascension Saint Thomas Behavioral Health Hospital.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS 

  • Promote the mission, vision, and values of the organization.
  • Must have strong computer and research skills to ensure they remain up to date with new developments, best practices and standards of care within the field of healthcare.
  • Will be required to establish standard methods of care, utilizing evidence-based practice and best practice standards.
  • Will be required to establish and implement infection control and employee health orientation programs, alongside the departmental directors, throughout the facility.
  • Responsible for policies and procedures within the organization related to infection control and employee health.
  • Supports administration with employee health databases, maintains complete and accurate employee health records.
  • Ensures compliance with state and federal requirements, accreditation bodies (The Joint Commission), and Ascension Saint Thomas Behavioral Health policies and clinical responsibilities.
  • Participates as an integral team member, collaborating with various departments and colleagues, including Chief Nursing Officer, Human Resources, Quality/Risk and Plant Operations and others as needed to advocate for employee health and safety.
  • Coordinates the development and implementation of all employee health initiatives and programs.
  • Will be responsible for all pre-employment vaccination processes, annual N95/TB/ Influenza testing and/or vaccinations, and the management of potential blood exposures, employee illnesses and disease outbreaks.
  • Responsible for coordinating the infection control program which includes surveillance; analysis of data; developing reports, policies and procedures.
  • Use epidemiological principles and statistical methods to design, implement and evaluate infection prevention and control strategies.
  • Provides consultation and education to staff, physicians and community leaders in respect to Infection Prevention & Control.
  • Coordinate with the Quality Committee to determine the direction of surveillance activities and actively evaluate effectiveness of the Infection Prevention and Control Plan annually.
    • Conduct risk assessments at least annually and as needed with consideration of served populations, regional vulnerabilities, relevant statistical data, and new and emerging infectious diseases.
    • Notify the County and/or State Health Department of any reportable diseases, adhering to all internal county and state procedures.
    • Develop and implement continuously improved patient care procedures and control mechanisms relating to quality, compliance and infectious diseases.
    • Participate in infection prevent and control education of all employees during orientation and annually thereafter, including classes in infection prevention and control practices and employee health.
    • Ensure the infection prevention and control procedures meet CMS, Joint Commission, county and state, APIC and CDC regulations, standards or guidelines.
    • Participate in Hospital meetings to update/present to hospital leadership as it pertains to Infection Prevention and Control and Employee Health.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED

  • Minimum of two (2) years’ experience in healthcare required.
  • Current nursing license for state of TN or compact licensure is required.

QUALIFICATIONS PREFERRED

  • One (1) or more years’ experience in Infection Control and/or Employee Health
  • Bachelor’s degree (BSN), preferred
  • Certification by the Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology preferred (CIC or A-IPC)
  • Current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification. If not, hospital will provide upon hire
  • De-escalation Training – if not, hospital will provide upon hire
  • First aid may be required based on state or facility.
  • Must be proficient and have a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Excel, Word, etc.)


Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)