Develops and implements an ongoing infection prevention and control program to prevent, recognize, and control the onset and spread of infections in order to provide a safe, sanitary, and comfortable environment.
Establishes facility-wide systems for the prevention, identification, reporting, investigation, and control of infections and communicable diseases of residents, staff, and visitors.
Develops and implements written policies and procedures in accordance with current standards of practice and recognized guidelines for infection prevention and control.
Oversees the facility’s antibiotic stewardship program.
Oversees resident care activities that increase risk of infection (i.e., use and care of urinary catheters, wound care, incontinence care, skin care, point-of-care blood testing, and medication injections).
Leads the facility’s Infection and Prevention Control Committee. Develops action plans to address opportunities for improvement.
Participates on the facility’s QAA Committee. Performs duties as assigned.
Implements an annual infection control risk assessment process and participates in the facility’s annual facility assessment review process.
Reviews and/or revises the facility’s infection prevention and control program, its standards, policies, and procedures annually and as needed for changes to the facility assessment to ensure they are effective and in accordance with current standards of practice for preventing and controlling infections.
Provides education related to infection prevention and control principles, policies, and procedures to staff, residents, and families (where appropriate).
Ensures reporting is completed per state and federal regulations.
Assists Employee Health Services in follow-up of employee exposure.
Maintains documentation of infection prevention and control program activities.
Participates in identifying departmental needs and supporting annual goals and objectives
PHYSICAL AND SENSORY REQUIREMENTS:
Sit up to 2 hours per day; 1 hour at a time. Stand for up to 8 hours per day, 2 hours at a time. Walk 6 hours per day; 10 minutes at a time. Occasionally lift, carry, push or pull objects up to 25 lbs. Occasionally stoop or bend. Must be able to perceive attributes of an object through touch. Must be able to hear at it relates to normal conversation, high and low frequencies. Must be able to see as it relates to general, near, far, color and peripheral vision.
Registered Nurse (RN) or Bachelor’s degree preferred in Microbiology/Epidemiology or related field. Bachelor of Science Degree is required within 5 years of hire. Certification in Infection Control (CIC) preferred upon hire. New ICPs must proceed with CIC certification after two years of full time employment or equivalent.
TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:
Minimum of two (2) years experience required in Nursing, Microbiology/Epidemiology or related field. For RN, acute care clinical nursing experience required.
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