Infection Control Coordinator
Posted on Nov 5, 2020 by Job Juncture
LOCATION: Grangeville, ID
Are you considering a career change?
Looking for a smaller area where the population is around 50K that offers a low cost of living and plenty of activities in the area but is within a few hours of several large cities.
Position is located in a beautiful area of Idaho that offers around 400 miles of River and has been rated as a Top Outdoor area to live in.
So if you enjoy fishing, hunting, cycling, walking, running or golf then this would be a great place to reside.
With a 50K population the area still remains peaceful and quaint while having several stores for retail shopping, medical facilities and much more.
The Infection Control Coordinator operates under the direction of the Infection Control Committee and is mentored by an epidemiologist, Infectious Disease Practitioner, or an APIC Certified Infection Prevention Practitioner.
The position is supervised by the Director of Quality, or designee.
The role of the Infection Control Coordinator is to provide education, consultation, surveillance of infection control and prevention activities under the guidance of an infection prevention practitioner, Infectious Disease Practitioner, or an epidemiologist.
The Infection Control coordinator assists in the development and implementation of policies and procedures designed to improve patient care and safety through infection prevention and control.
The Infection Control coordinator must demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to facilitate and develop process improvements that will reduce harm caused by the spread or development of health care acquired infections including, but limited to, CAUTI/HAUTI, CLABSI, C difficile, MRSA, SSI, PNA, and Sepsis.
-Performs infection control related surveillance duties in all patient care departments for the purpose of observation, consultation and collaboration with the members of the health care team to determine presence of both nosocomial and community-related infections.
Ensures surveillance data is submitted to all required agencies such as NHSN.
Maintains accurate records of reported information to include location of patient, name and type of infection, related organisms, primary physician and other key information.
-Facilitates the Infection Control Committee to review infection data, control measures, policies and procedures, and to develop and implement Committee objectives.
-Provides direction and consultation with health care providers to develop specific plans for particular patients and families utilizing age-specific knowledge, for prevention or management of infections.
-Facilitates the implementation of appropriate isolation protocols to control and prevent infections.
-Participates in quality improvement monitoring and evaluation activities including frequent rounding in patient care areas relating to infection control issues and utilizes the quality improvement data in an effort to improve patient care and safety.
This includes overseeing the functioning of assigned projects/project teams encompassing required quality reporting related to infection prevention and for collaborating with leadership to access necessary resources.
-Develops and updates the ongoing management plan in conjunction with the Infection Control Committee.
Monitors and ensures that detailed project plans, reporting mechanisms, issue resolution processes, and communications are timely and meet quality guidelines.
-Demonstrates a commitment to process improvement and expert knowledge of continuous improvement principles and tools to positively impact patient outcomes.
This includes planning and organizing tasks and resources and collaboration among leaders, employees, and medical staff to support achievement of Medical Center goals and objectives related to such quality projects.
-Initiates and reports special studies and pertinent information relating to infection control to the Infection Control Committee for recommendations.
Coordinate IPC Committee activities (ie: agendas, topics, minutes, implementation, engagement and participation) to promote a venue for collaboration and feedback.
Services and functions are formally assessed throughout the year based on IPC risk assessment, volume of services provided, problem-prone areas of infection prevention and control, and high employee risk of acquiring a transmissible disease.
-Verifies and completes required reporting to public health authorities.
-Uses surveillance data to prepare statistical reports for the Infection Control Committee, the Quality Improvement Committee(s), appropriate medical committees and hospital administration.
-Facilitates the development and review of infection control policies and procedures for all hospital and clinic departments.
Uses approved policies and procedures in coordinating day to day operations infection control operations.
-Provides input in the budgeting process regarding the infection control program needs.
-Develops and maintains infection control processes according to CDC, public health, OSHA, CMS, and APIC standards.
-Oversees infection prevention/control education with the education department and other departments when necessary.
Ensures teaching guidelines specific to the area of infection prevention/control principles and isolation protocols are provided for new employees via general and patient care orientation, and the annual skills fair.
-Facilitates the development of educational and teaching information related to infection control issues for distribution to patients, families and staff.
-Participates on assigned committees to provide relevant current infection control information including statistical data related to infection control monitoring and evaluation activities, surveillance data, changes in standards or practice, etc.
Committee assignments include, but are not limited to the Infection Control, Quality, and Environment of Care.
Other committee appointments are made on an annual basis or on request.
-Maintains knowledge base and principles for epidemiology and infection control through reading current literature, attending workshops and active memberships in local and national professional organizations of INFECTION CONTROL coordinators.
-Coordinates with Human Resources and Occupational Health for identified employee health activities that include, but are not limited to: consulting on prophylaxis for employee exposure; assisting with investigation of employee incidents relating to infection control.
-Coordinates with Environment of Care team to ensure proper safeguards including ICRAs are taken to provide a safe environment and collaborates when the environment is disrupted such as construction, maintenance, and incidents such as floods.
2 years of Infection Prevention experience with Bachelor of Science degree required.
Masters degree in Nursing or healthcare related filed is preferred.
Knowledge in epidemiological principles, infectious diseases, and sterilization, sanitation and disinfection practices is necessary.
Requires a knowledge-base in adult education principles.
Infection Control Practitioner Certification (CIC) is required within 6 months of hired date.
Upon completion of this certification, this role will be re-aligned as an Infection Control Practitioner.
The position reports to the Director of Quality.
The overall group the person will work with is wonderful and a good team together so looking for the right fit.
The facilities pays scale starts at $30hr and goes up with experience and credentials. They also offer a full benefit package and a relocation/sign-on.