Infection Control Preventionist RN

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JOB SUMMARY

The primary responsibility of this position is to assist in the development and implementation of the policies that govern control of infections and communicable diseases.  Shall assist in the development of a system for identification, reporting, investigating and controlling infections and communicable diseases of patients and personnel.

Reports To:     Director of Quality

Classification: Exempt

QUALIFICATIONS

  • License Registered Nurse in the State of Texas, required.
  • Current BLS Certification.
  • Prior experience in participating as a team member in implementing or coordinating an infection control program preferred.
  • Training/experience in project coordination and completion.  
  • Training/experience in healthcare required.

OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE

  • Office environment
  • Category I - exposure to bloodborne pathogens and/or other potentially infectious material, frequent exposure to chemical hazards, and potential exposure to radiation.
  • Category II - Exposure to bloodborne pathogens, and may encounter chemical hazards.
  • Category III - Office Environment.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Accepts accountability for the progress and development of the Organization’s Infection Prevention and Control Program. 
  • Communicates effectively with patients, visitors, physicians and co-workers.
  • Maintains and promotes professional competence by participating in and organizing continuing education and other learning experiences relating to infection control.
  • Develops and recommends effective data collection and evaluation systems to monitor infection control, monitoring to improve patient care and to reduce the risk of infections.
  • Reports compliance with employee vaccinations as required by regulatory agencies.
  • Oversees the implementation and monitoring of the employee health program and compliance to annual testing and or/vaccinations.
  • Participates as an active member of the Safety Committee by preparing reports related to infection control and prevention.
  • Infection Control and Prevention Compliance.
  • Shall maintain a log of incidents related to infections and communicable disease and shall report outcome of incidents to CQI Committee.
  • Maintains current knowledge of CDC, APIC, OSHA and State Regulations as they pertain to the Infection Control Program and modifies program according to updates.
  • Reports communicable diseases according to regulations.
  • Facilitates quarterly Infection Control Committee Meeting by preparing agenda, reports, and attachments.  Completes meeting minutes and distributes to appropriate departments and individuals.
  • Interacts with others (co-employees, management, physicians, patients, visitors, vendors) in a professional and tactful manner including treating them with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position. 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job the employee is frequently required to sit, converse, and listen; use hands to touch, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; and to reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
  • The employee must be able to life and/or carry over 20 pounds on a regular basis and be able to push/pull over 25 pounds on a regular basis.
  • The employee must be able to stand and/or walk at least five hours per day.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Location: Webster, TX
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