The position coordinates and implements the Infection Control Program by providing clinical leadership and developing plans for the primary interface between the organizational managers and clinicians.
Directs a comprehensive Hospital-wide Infection Control Program to prevent, identify, and control infections acquired in the hospital or brought into the hospital from the community.
Maintains on-going policies and procedures utilizing current literature in compliance with federal, state, and other regulatory standards.
Participates in formal processes for the strategic and operational planning for infection surveillance services.
Uses relevant research findings in the provision of Infection Control services by initiating, conducting and disseminating the findings of locally based research in infection prevention practices, treatment, and disease management.
Serves on nursing, medical, hospital, unit or area committees acting as a resource person.
Monitors and documents surveillance/performance improvement activities to ensure compliance with the standards by making regular schedules and impromptu rounds in addition to the tracer rounds to assure staff is up-to-date and compliant with infection prevention issues.
Collaborates with other departments in the hospital's performance improvement activities and maintains records, data, and correspondence pertinent to the Performance Improvement and Infection Control programs and develops and maintains spreadsheets and data based applications relevant to both programs.
Provides current information from government/private organizations, i.e. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), The Joint Commission (TJC), CDC, OSHA, APIC, etc, on standards that relate to infection prevention and implement those changes.
Manages the Central Sterile program including cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing equipment and instruments.
Assures that infection surveillance program plans are in compliance with CMS, TJC, OSHA, CDC, CMS, II-IS, and stardards, polices and procedures.
Conducts surveillance of patients to determine the incidence of infection to identify hospital and community-acquired infections and to identify persons who are at high risk for infections.
Investigates and institutes appropriate controls when any unusual or cluster of infections occur.
Reports infectious or communicable diseases to the state health department or other government agencies as required.
Informs the Employee Health program of any TB, communicable disease, or vaccine preventable exposures.
Plans, implements, and evaluates an infection control orientation program for all new employees and hospital personnel.
Nurse Manager functions as supervisor and assumes accountability of unit operation, reports directly to Deputy Nurse of Operations.
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
Must pass pre-employment physical examination
Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State-accrediting agency and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the applicant: The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement of graduation from an approved school of professional nursing. OR The completion of coursework equivalent to a nursing degree in a MSN Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration constitutes the completion of an approved course of study of professional nursing. Students should submit the certificate of professional nursing to sit for the NCLEX to the VA along with a copy of the MSN transcript. (Reference VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G6) OR In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of a current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement for graduation from an approved school of professional nursing.
Internal Number: 001
About Dept of Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles
The VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS) is one of the largest health care facilities within the Department of Veterans Affairs. It is one component of the VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network (VISN22) offering services to Veterans residing in Southern California and Southern Nevada. VAGLAHS consists of two ambulatory care centers, a tertiary care facility and 8 community based outpatient clinics. VAGLAHS serves Veterans residing throughout five counties: Los Angeles, Ventura, Kern, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo. There are 1.4 million Veterans in the VAGLAHS service area. VAGLAHS is affiliated with both UCLA School of Medicine and USC School of Medicine, as well as more than 45 colleges, universities and vocational schools in 17 different medical, nursing, paramedical and administrative programs.