Infection Control Preventionist/Occupational Health Nurse
To maintain a functioning coordinated process to reduce risks of endemic and epidemic nosocomial infections in patients and healthcare workers in accordance with infection control policies and regulatory standards. The Infection Control/Occupational Health RN implements an effective hospital wide program in keeping with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Accrediting agencies, and other regulatory agencies and directs the functions of the Employee Health Program.
Reports To: Quality Improvement Manager
- License Registered Nurse in the State of Texas required
- Current BLS Certification required
- Prior experience in coordinating an Infection Control and/or Occupational Health program preferred
- Training/experience in project coordination and completion preferred.
- Certification in Infection prevention and/or Occupational Health or obtain certification in one or both within 2 years of employment required.
Must possess good interpersonal and communication skills, excellent observational skills, and advance knowledge in occupational health and/infection prevention. Must be able to demonstrate initiative in accomplishing responsibilities. Must use problem solving techniques. Establishes one’s own daily work assignments based on responsibility and priority.
- 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 include but are not limited to:
- Accepts accountability for the progress and development of the Organization’s Infection Prevention and Occupational Health Programs.
- Implements strategies to reduce risk and/or prevent nosocomial infection in patients, employees and visitors which includes the identification and control of clusters of nosocomial infections.
- Maintains and promotes professional competence by participating in and organizing continuing education and other learning experiences relating to infection control and occupational health.
- Oversees the implementation and monitoring of the employee health program and compliance to annual testing and or/vaccinations.
- Provides basic first aid and serves as a resource for workers compensation claims and maintains pertinent employee health records.
- Participates as an active member of the Safety Committee by assessing the safety and health hazards in the workplaces related to Infection Control and Occupational Health.
- Participates and provides direct support to chapter lead in readiness activities and surveys for accreditation and licensure.
- 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 and Occupational Health Programs and modifies the programs according to updates.
- Interfaces with the department of Health to ensure continuity of care, appropriate follow up, and control of reportable communicable disease.
- Facilitates designated committee and sub-committee meetings by preparing agenda, reports, meeting minutes and distributes to appropriate departments and individuals.
- Participates in professional organizations such as APIC or TSCIP.
- 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.
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.