The Infection Control Nurse is trained in hospital epidemiology principles and is responsible for the surveillance, analysis, and reporting of Hospital Acquired, aka nosocomial, Infections; educating employees about infection control; and the development of health system policies and procedures to insure rigorous infection control standards that meet CMS, OSHA, Public Health Department, and Centers for Disease Control requirements.
Essential Functions, Duties and Responsibilities:
Design and evaluate prevention and control strategies.
Coordinates employee health screening (pre-employment), TB screening, employee vaccination.
Conduct surveillance and follow-up of employee exposure.
Oversight of flu vaccination program and communicable risk exposure.
Conduct on-going surveillance using Centers for Disease Control (DCD) infection criteria, documentation, and investigation of hospital acquired infections through review of admission diagnoses, microbiology culture results, isolation orders, patient records, consultation requests, post-discharge surveillance, and autopsy findings.
Conduct environmental rounds in all inpatient and outpatient care areas.
Participate in investigations of unusual hospital infection, outbreaks utilizing the microbiology laboratory, consultation with county/state public health departments, and when necessary in consultation with the Center for Disease Control.
Report epidemiologically significant findings to appropriate customers.
Evaluate the effectiveness of the surveillance plan and modifies as necessary.
Report all in-house patients with communicable disease to the county and/or state health department and maintain appropriate records.
Compile and interpret surveillance reports to Infection Control committee, specialty areas, and medical staff committee on a regular basis.
Collect data in support of epidemiological studies of specific problems or problem areas to determine the source of the problem and make appropriate recommendations.
Participate in quality/performance improvement activities by assessing, monitoring, and measuring hospital acquired infections and evaluating outcomes on a continuous basis.
Select indicators based on the projected use of the data.
Conduct regularly scheduled Hospital Infection Control meetings and dissemination of recommendations hospital-wide.
Plan and organize educational programs for all employees, including administrative and ancillary services, which convey specialized knowledge and skills to increase employee awareness of existence of hospital-acquired infections; techniques for avoidance and preventive measures to provide a safe environment for all employees and patients.
Develop appropriate informational materials at appropriate level of understanding and need.
Serve as a knowledgeable and available resource on infection control practices and policies to patients, families, physicians and Livingston HealthCare employees.
Maintain compliance with national standards and regulating bodies.
Develop and update isolation techniques and procedures in accordance with current standards of practice, rules and regulations.
Participate in maintaining policies and procedures, which provide for a program of preventive medicine for hospital personnel to include establishment of policies and procedures relating to exposure to infectious diseases and prevention of cross-contamination.
Recommend and evaluate procedures or policy statements relating to infection control within Livingston HealthCare.
Maintain an updated reference manual on infectious diseases and hospital infection control as recommended by the APIC, OSHA, and CDC.
Plan and participate in the budget process.
Maintain up to date industry knowledge and skills.
Other duties as assigned.
Graduate of accredited nursing program with current in good standing Montana RN license.
Ability to obtain certification infection control.
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, PPT programs.
Effective verbal and written communications skills
Ability to function independently with minimal guidance.
Current Basic Life Support (BLS).
Additional Desirable Qualification:
Bachelor degree in Nursing
Previous experience, course work or certification in infection prevention.
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About Livingston HealthCare
Since 1955, Livingston HealthCare has provided premier quality health care to the residents of Park County and surrounding communities. We keep our community healthy with a broad scope of services, provided by well-trained and highly skilled professionals. Included in those services are a 25-bed critical access hospital, a multispecialty physician practice, rehabilitation services and home-based services.