This position under the direction of the infection control committee is responsible for the effective direction, management and operation of the infection prevention and control program, including education of hospital personnel and consultation with the organization, 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 pravention and control program.
Responsibilities and Duties:
Develops and implements facility-wide infection prevention and control measures to protect patients, staff and visitors.
Conducts rounds, discussing and monitoring infection control practices with staff; collects infection data from departments, maintaining records for each case; trains staff on implementation of infection control practices and investigates known or suspected sources of infections in order to determine the source and ensure control.
Provides information to hospital committees and department managers to formulate changes in the policies, procedures and/or processes which could reduce the spread of infection.
Interacts with physicians, nurses, department managers, supervisors, and occupational health and other professional/non-professional staff members to provide resource information, resolve infection control problems, and identify new opportunities to improve service and reduce costs.
Develops and enforces effectual policies and procedures for the department and hospital that ensures compliance with JC, OSHA, CDC, CMS and other county, state, and federal regulatory agencies.
Directs and assists in preparing reports and statistical data for the infection control committee, medical staff committees, medical executive committee and the facility's administration and other committees as needed.
Develops and coordinates the infection prevention and control program throughout the facility. Implements the program by formulating, establishing and evaluating policies and procedures relating to patient care infection control measures throughout the facility. Performs an annual risk assessment and evaluation of the existing Infection Control Plan and develops action plans from the prior year activities.
Makes recommendations regarding construction, renovation, environmental rounds, and assures compliance with national and/or professional standards.
Education: Bachelor’s degree from accredited school in Nursing or other health care related field.
Licensure: N/A - Valid NJ RN License preferred
Experience: Minimum 3 years infection control experience in a healthcare setting
Certifications: Certified in Infection Control
Knowledge: Knowledge of infection prevention and control, health care systems, structure, functions, and community resources. Understanding of health care technology, equipment, and supplies. Familiarity with state law on health regulation and disease control, clinic policies and procedures.
Skills: Successfully completes initial competency verification for specialty area. Demonstrated people/interpersonal skills, build relationships and work collaboratively with others. Proficiency in Windows including Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.