RN- Infection Control and Nurse Educator in Tukwila, WA at Acadia Healthcare

Date Posted: 11/13/2022

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Job Description

Cascade Behavioral Health is looking for you! We have an immediate opening for a qualified RN to head up our Infection Control/Staff Education program. Cascade Behavioral Health is Seattle's leading Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Center.

The Infection Control/Nurse Educator  plans, develops and coordinates continuing nursing in-service education programs within the facility for all clinical and non-clinical nursing staff.  Works with hospital leadership and staff to assess current educational needs and develops a plan to satisfy those needs.

They are responsible for the effective direction, management and operation of the employee health and infection control program.  This includes education of hospital personnel and consultation within the organization, CDC, and the county and state health departments. The responsibilities encompass compliance with Joint Commission standards, CMS, OSHA, and state regulations, and outbreak investigation.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  •  Conduct ongoing surveillance of infections.
  •  Gather and interpret data and keep accurate records of all infections.
  •  Compile and present Infection Reports to the Safety/Infection Control Committee and the Performance Improvement Council at assigned intervals.
  •  Inspect environment and observe personnel activities for the purpose of detecting infection hazards.
  • Monitor and evaluate compliance with standards set by facility policy and industry.
  • Monitor and update all facility department supervisors on all area-specific policies and procedures important to infection prevention principles. Investigate all 'exposure incidents,' oversee post-exposure evaluation and follow-up process in order to recommend appropriate actions to be taken.
  •  Notify designated medical, administrative staff and appropriate health department authorities all reportable communicable disease.
  •  Develop and provide in-service and orientation programs concerning prevention and control of infection, standard precautions, isolation techniques and education on current infectious disease.
  • Responsibilities may also include gathering, analyzing and presenting data, facts and trends on infection prevention to facility or corporate leadership.
  •  Train staff on infection prevention and control protocols.
  •  Assess and re-enforce infection prevention practices.
  •  Communicate therapeutically and professionally with patients, visitors, coworkers and others in an effective manner.

OTHER FUNCTIONS:

  • Perform other functions and tasks as assigned

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/SKILL REQUIREMENTS:

  •  Graduation from an accredited school of nursing, medical technology, microbiology, or epidemiology required.     Bachelor's degree preferred
  • One or more years of experience in infection control preferred
  • Working knowledge of agents which cause disease, reservoir, knowledge of spectrum of disease, disease carriers, modes of transportation, host factors that enhance susceptibility, colonization of infection and approach to control infection required
  • Knowledge of the basic principles of epidemiology and the infectious disease process required
  • Requires a current RN license with BSN preferred

LICENSES/DESIGNATIONS/CERTIFICATIONS:

    • Current Washington State Registered Nursing license without restrictions
    • Certification by the Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology preferred
    • CPR and de-escalation/restraint certification required (training available upon hire and offered by facility)
    • First aid may be required based on state or facility
    • Crisis prevention training on hire and ongoing

    While this job description is intended to be an accurate reflection of the requirements of the job,
    management reserves the right to add or remove duties from particular jobs when circumstances
    (e.g. emergencies, changes in workload, rush jobs or technological developments) dictate