Infection Prevention- RN in Valdosta, GA at Acadia Healthcare

Date Posted: 10/30/2020

Job Snapshot

Job Description

PURPOSE STATEMENT:

Coordinate and lead the facility’s infection prevention and control program. Responsible for determining, preventing and containing infectious outbreaks within the facility.

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, Bachelor's degree preferred. Minimum one year experience as an RN with the patient population of the facility. Minimum 1 year of infection control experience preferred. Must have a 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. Must have knowledge of the basic principles of epidemiology and the infectious disease process. Formal training in the basic principles of epidemiology and the infectious disease process preferred.

LICENSES/DESIGNATIONS/CERTIFICATIONS:

Current RN license as required by state. First Aid, CPR, de-escalation and restraint certification required (training available upon hire and offered by facility).

ADDITIONAL REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS:

GREENLEAF INFECTION CONTROL AND EMPLOYEE HEALTH NURSE ADDENDUM

 The Infection Control and Employee Health Nurse has accountability and responsibility for planning, developing, directing, implementing and evaluating infection prevention and control activities within the hospital. The Infection Control and Employee Health Nurse supervises the infection control services for patients, visitors and staff. The Infection Control and Employee Health Nurse plans, organizes, implements and evaluates educational programs for all employees to enhance skills, knowledge and awareness of hospital associated infection avoidance techniques, and preventative measures. The Infection Control and Employee Health Nurse promotes the health and safety of all employees by facilitating an Employee Health Program which includes disease detection, prevention, and treatment; follow-up on employee illnesses and injuries; conducts employee health screenings; and promotes a safe work environment. The Infection Control and Employee Health Nurse consults on an ongoing basis with Medical and Nursing Staff, CDC, the local health department, Human Resources, and Quality/Risk Management.

JOB SUMMARY:

The Infection Control and Employee Health Nurse is responsible for the direction of the Infection Control Program. S/he interfaces with all departments/services and is responsible for identifying, controlling, and preventing outbreaks of infections in the facility. The Infection Control and Employee Health Nurse also coordinates the daily activities of the Employee Health program by tracking and notifying employees due for injections and other employee health requirements, administers and documents all injections given to employees that are required, audits and maintains Employee Health files, and tracks aggregating data for Committee reports. The Infection Control and Employee Health Nurse is a key member of Nursing Leadership.

QUALIFICATIONS:

            EDUCATION AND TRAINING: Graduate of an accredited School of Nursing. B.S.N.

            or complete within five years. Continued education in Infection Control/Epidemiology

            preferred.

            EXPERIENCE: Three years of experience as an RN, with a minimum of one year of

            Infection Control experience, preferably in acute care.

LICENSURE: Licensed as a registered nurse in the State of Georgia.

            CERTIFICATIONS: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) or Basic Life Support

            certification. Infection Control Certification. Public Health Nursing Credential desirable.

PHYSICAL: Medium work: Exerting 20 to 30 pounds of force occasionally. Requires

standing and walking for long periods.

SPECIAL SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Basic computer skills with minimal guidance, excellent command of the English language (written and orally), and leadership/management/teaching skills. Must be able to work with several distractions including background conversations. Must be able to deal with aggressive, hostile, and irrational behaviors of patients. Must be able to respond immediately in crisis situations.

ENVIRONMENT: Inside. Protection from weather conditions but not necessarily from temperature changes. Noise level is moderate to high in dealing with patients. May be exposed to risk of bodily harm.

JOB HAZARDS: Bending, lifting, walking, and standing are routine. Possible exposure to the outside environment. Possible exposure to verbal/physical abuse from patients. Possible exposure to hazardous wastes in the clinical and non-clinical areas. When coming in contact with patients, exposure to physical and verbal aggression is possible.

WORK RELATIONSHIPS: Supervised by the Director of Nursing. Works closely with Hospital nurses, other hospital managers, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners/Clinical Nurse Specialists, Medical Staff, Administrative staff, and other hospital departments. Presents a positive image to the general public. Supervises Unit-level Nursing Department Staff and Charge Nurses. Interacts with patients and families.

SECTION I. INFECTION CONTROL AND EMPLOYEE HEALTH NURSE

Evaluation Values Assigned Each Duty:

(1) Exceeds (Please justify if checked)

(2) Satisfactory

(3) Needs Improvement (Please justify if checked)

(4) Not applicable

(5) Not Observed

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Infection Control

1. Performs surveillance, analysis, interpretation and reporting of Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI) and infection prevention education.

2. Writes and updates infection prevention policies and procedures to ensure compliance with regulatory standards of The Joint Commission (TJC) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Centers for Medicaid/Medicare Services (CMS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and recommendations requirements from other agencies.

3. Conducts ongoing surveillance investigation and follow-up of infections through review of admission diagnoses, microbiology culture results, isolation orders, patient records, consultation requests, and post-discharge surveillance.

4. Conducts Infection Control environmental rounds in all inpatient and outpatient care areas.

5. Analyzes trends and risk factors, and designs and evaluates prevention and control strategies.

6. Participates in investigation and reporting of unusual hospital infection outbreaks.

7. Compiles and interprets surveillance reports for committees and departments on a regular basis

8. Collects data in support of epidemiological studies when requested.

9. Determines the source of problems and makes recommendations for correction and improvement.

10. Assists in the organization of regularly scheduled infection control-related meetings and dissemination of recommendations hospital-wide.

11. Participates in quality/performance improvement activities by assessing, monitoring, and measuring nosocomial infections and evaluating outcomes on a continuous basis.

12. Develops and revises Infection Control policies.

13. Investigates suspected outbreaks of infection.

14. Provides consultation on infection risk assessment, prevention and control strategies.

15. When indicated during chart reviews, updates the patient’s Treatment Plan Problem/initiates Problem related to Infection-related concerns, and instructs the staff members on interventions that are to be taken, including Medical Staff when indicated.

16. Assist the D.O.N. in preparing for regulatory and accreditation surveys by keeping areas of responsibility survey ready.

17. Comply with HIPAA guidelines when talking with patients, family members/significant others, and outside agencies.

18. Serve as the Infection Control leader and consultant in Committee meetings.

19. Demonstrate good customer service standards to Internal and External customers.

20. Conducts annual review of Infection Control plan and makes necessary adjustments to the annual plan for the following year.

21. Maintain records related to the cost of supplies needed to support the Infection Control and Employee Health programs and provide the information to support the Nursing Department budget.

22. Assist with other assigned duties when needed.

Employee Health

1. Plans, organizes, develops and implements new employee orientation and education programs for employees (including administrative and ancillary services) to convey specialized knowledge and skills of awareness of existence of infections.

2. Educates individuals about infection risk, prevention and control measures.

3. Supervises the annual Flu vaccine program.

4. Tracks and notifies employees due for injections and other employee health requirements.

5. Administers and documents injections given through the Employee Health Program.

6. Audits and maintains Employee Health files.

7. Collects, aggregates, tracks and reports data for required reports.

8. Maintains a program for promoting the health and wellness of employees that includes disease detection, prevention, and treatment.

9. Develops education programs for all employees that enhance skills, knowledge, and awareness of hospital associated infection avoidance techniques and measures.

10. Develops a process for follow-up of employee illnesses and injuries.

11. Conducts employee health screenings such as T.B. screening, UDS, etc.

12. Works with the Facilities Director and Safety Officer to promote as safe work environment.

SECTION II – AGE SPECIFIC CRITERIA

Evaluation Values Assigned Each Duty:(1) Exceeds (Please add justification if checked)

(2)   Satisfactory

(3) Needs Improvement (Please add justification if checked)

(4) Not Applicable

(5) Not Observed

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N/A

19-45 Years

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.      Demonstrates awareness of the need to be independent in this age group.

2.      Encourages participation of patient/significant other inpatient’s Care/decisions regarding care.

3.      Demonstrates awareness that this age group is at the peak of its Physical strength.

4.      Is able to verbalize at least five psychosocial tasks associated with this Age group (separating from family of origin, establishment of intimate relationships, career choices, advancement, and maintenance, acceptance of increasing responsibility, child rearing, children separating from the family, empty nest syndrome, facing the prospect of advancing age, the impact of illness on the above, etc.

5.      Demonstrates thorough knowledge of rules, regulations, systems, rights, risks, privileges and schedules of adult unit

46-69 Years

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.      Allows for choices if the patient is able.

2.      Encourages self-care.

3.      Verbalizes/demonstrates awareness of decreased visual acuity in this     age group.

4.      Verbalizes/demonstrates awareness of decreased balance and coordination in this age group.

5.      Verbalizes/demonstrates awareness of decreased sense of taste, hearing, smell, and increased sensitivity to cold in this age group.

6.      Verbalizes awareness of decreased tolerance to pain in this age group.

7.      Verbalizes /demonstrates awareness of decline in muscular-skeletal system in this age group and the resulting reduced associated physical tolerances.

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N/A

70-79 Years

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.      Encourages participation of family/significant other in patient care.

2.      Verbalizes a basic understanding of the psychosocial considerations related to a chronic medical/psychiatric illness.

3.      Verbalizes awareness of how the aging process alters the mechanisms of body system function.

4.      Verbalizes an understanding of human sexuality in this age group.

5.      Demonstrates awareness of how loss of teeth, dentures, or edentulous affects nutrition and the necessity of monitoring intake of food and fluids.

6.      Demonstrates awareness of increased potentials for injury and reasons (altered gait, balance, muscular-skeletal, visual acuity) for the increase in this age group.

7.      Verbalizes an understanding of the cognitive decline and its clinical manifestations in this age group.

8.      Verbalizes an understanding of the psychosocial tasks associated with this age group and the potential impact on the individual’s concept of self and the surrounding environment (retirement, dealing with the increased potential/actuality of spouse’s/other’s death, social role changes, reviewing accomplishments and failures).

80 Years and Older

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.      Verbalizes awareness of skin changes in this age group (decreased perspiration, less need for bathing).

2.      Verbalizes awareness of increased risk of high blood pressure in this age group.

3.      Verbalizes awareness of decreased body systems functions (GI, cardiac, respiratory, immune).

4.      Verbalizes increased awareness of prostatic problems and manifestations (incontinence, decreased urinary flow, increased urinary frequency).

5.      Verbalizes awareness of decreased mobility and decreased feelings in the legs and feet in this age group.

6.      Verbalizes awareness of sleep problems (more easily aroused, less deep sleep) observed in this age group.

7.      Verbalizes an understanding that learning ability is decreased, overall performance decreases in this age group.

8.      Is able to verbalize at least four psychosocial tasks (death of spouses/significant others, introspection and life review, decreased authority/ increased dependence).



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