Position Overview: This position is responsible for developing and maintaining an Infection Control Program designed to prevent and/or control infections among residents and employees.
Must conduct routine audits with the purpose of identifying problems, developing corrective action plans, implementing those plans, and evaluating the results.
Works closely with all levels of nursing staff to identify improvement methods in resident care and must be familiar with all regulations as they pertain to long term care.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities: include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
- Is involved in planning and developing of various activities and plans that focus on the resident’s and family’s satisfaction and positive outcome of case.
- Develops structures within nursing to promote overall improvement in performance.
- Measures performance of nursing activities as related to patient care.
- Routinely assesses level of performance against standards.
- Reviews assessment to see if change in process brought about improvement.
- Facilitates Infection Prevention compliance with governmental regulations, and requirements of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Department of Public Health.
- Collects, analyzes, and reports infection control data to include risk assessment, prevention, and control strategies; makes recommendations and leads quality improvement activities.
- Seeks out problem areas, which need improvement.
- Trains and monitors all aspects of infection control for staff and residents and develops appropriate policies for infection control monitoring.
- Provides in-services to all levels of staff on infection control activities.
- Maintains and develops current nursing policy procedures.
- Skilled at facilitating and guiding key processes with a global perspective.
- Acts as a liaison between the health department and the facility in the event of a disaster or as needed
Additional Qualifications: At least 2 years Nursing experience in Long Term Care. Must be trainable.
- Applies the basic principles of communication.
2. Cultivates openness
- Passionate regarding person-centered care delivery.
- Skilled in service recovery.
- Responds to concerns within 24 hours
- Works with resident and employee satisfaction tools.
- Promotes direct and pen communication to resolve conflicts with or between departments.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The successful candidate will have demonstrated leadership skills. The candidate will be willing to put in time both in terms of working and learning. The candidate will be responsible for working non-traditional hours including being in the on-call rotation. Personal and professional learning will be a critical part of this position.
Education and/or Experience:
Graduate of Accredited School of Nursing
2+ years’ experience with infection control in a skilled nursing/long term care organization.
Computer skills required including experience with Microsoft Office, Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and web-based applications. Expertise in wound care, quality improvement, MDS, falls, hydration, etc. a plus.
Supervisory Responsibilities: Clinical review and management of nurses and nursing assistants working on a unit.
Language Skills: Strong written and verbal communication skills required.
License, Certificates, Registration: Current license as a Registered Nurse in Michigan.
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.
Ability to perform all aspects of the job.
OSHA OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE CATEGORY: After careful analysis, it has been determined that this position falls into OSHA Occupational Exposure Category A and requires the following protective equipment be worn by anyone filling this position.
GLOVES, GOWNS, MASKS, AND/OR GOGGLES: Training will be provided in how to properly and effectively use any necessary equipment, in addition to education regarding precautionary measures, epidemiology, modes of transmission and prevention of HIV/HBV.