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Infection Prevention and Control Nurse

Company: Memorial Health
Location: Decatur
Posted on: April 6, 2021

Job Description:

Job DescriptionOverview Responsible for the identification and classification of healthcare acquired infection events, nursing indicators, and quality outcomes. Provides guidance in infection prevention and control for healthcare staff, patients, families, and general public. Serves as an educator and participates in educational programs for infection prevention and control. Collaborates with employee health in development of policies related to the risk of disease transmission. Assists with the immunization program. Participates in research when appropriate and incorporates research findings into evidence based clinical practice. Qualifications Education:Baccalaureate degree required. Post-graduate work preferred but not required. Licensure/Certification/Registry:Registered Nurse in state of Illinois required.CPR certification required. Experience:Two years hospital experience in acute care required.Data collection experience preferred. Other Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:Ability to work cooperatively with others.Willing to engage in individual study.Good communication skills. ResponsibilitiesConducts tech Identification of infectious disease processes.Differentiate among colonization, infection and contamination.Interpret results of diagnostic/lab reports.Recognize epidemiologically significant organisms for immediate review and investigation.Differentiate among prophylactic, empiric, and therapeutic uses of antimicrobials.Identify indications for microbiologic monitoring.Surveillance and epidemiologic investigations.Collection and compilation of surveillance data.Ability to identify and implement an Outbreak investigationPreventing/controlling the transmission of infectious agents.Develop and review infection prevention and control policies and proceduresIdentify and implement infection prevention and control strategies to prevent the transmission of infectious agents.Employee/occupational health: Collaborates with EH in the development of strategies that address the risk of disease transmission to HCW and ancillary staff.Review and/or develop screening and immunization programs.Provide counseling, follow-up, work restriction recommendations related to communicable diseases or following exposures in collaboration with Employee Wellness nurse.Participates in development and review of EH policies and procedures related to infection prevention and control.Assists in the influenza campaign.Consults on post-exposure protocols and activities related to communicable diseases.Education and research: Serves as an educator and educational resource for HCW, ancillary staff, physicians, patients, families, and the general public.Assess needs, develop goals and measurable objectives and prepare plans for educational offerings.Apply principles of adult learning to educational strategies and delivery of educational sessions.Prepare, present, or coordinate educational workshops. Lectures, discussion or one-on-one instruction on a variety of infection prevention and control topics.Apply critical reading skills to evaluate research findings.Utilizes appropriate information technology in educational design and delivery.Professional development: Acquires and maintains current knowledge and skills in the area of infection prevention, control, and epidemiology.Completes basic infection prevention and control training course within the first 6 months of entering the profession.Seeks opportunities to improve individual performance.Participates in professional organizations and networking opportunitiesDemonstrates responsibility for own personal and professional growth as reflected in ongoing education and projects. Perioperative IP has knowledge and skills specific to preoperative services department.Professional accountability: Responsible for the development, evaluation, and improvement of own practice in relations to the Practice Standards.Establishes and works toward professional goals and objectives.Performs regular self-evaluations to identify strengths and areas for improvement.Seeks constructive feedback regarding professional practice.Keeps current on best practices through evidence based research and guidelines.Participates in education opportunities that promote personal professional growth and development.Acquires and maintains current knowledge and skills in the area of infection prevention & control.Communicates effectively with internal and external customers.Leadership: Serves as a leader, mentor, and role model.Provides direction and works collaboratively with others.Shares knowledge and expertise.Mentors less experienced health care providers and ancillary personnel.Recommends specific equipment, personnel, and resources for the infection prevention and control program.Assists with evaluation of accreditation/regulatory compliance issue and facilitates compliance.Consultatio

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