Infection Prevention & Employee Health Nurse
Infection Prevention/Employee Health Nurse
Salary Range: $32.78 - $50.05
PURPOSE OF POSITION: Prevent and control Nosocomial infections through staff and patient education. Promote safety by staff education and Infection Prevention surveillance rounds. Report infection data to the state of Oregon as mandated. Promote health and safety to all employees by facilitating an Employee Health Program. Research, develop and coordinate patient/family and community education. Functions within the RN scope of practice.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
- Clearly write policies, guidelines, and procedures for uniformity, efficiency, and effective development and coordination of the hospital Infection Prevention Plan using evidence-based guidelines from, but not limited to, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).
- Develop and implement CQI program for Infection Prevention Program.
- Surveillance activities are in accordance with practices such as those used by APIC, CDC, and NHSN.
- Maintain sanitary hospital environment. Stress and monitor maintenance of sound habits in personal hygiene and individual responsibility in infection prevention. Quarterly rounding results forwarded in writing to department managers.
- Monitor and investigate infectious diseases, potentially harmful infectious exposures and outbreaks of infections among personnel; complying with the reportable disease requirements of the local, state and federal health authorities.
- Identify infection risks related to employment and institute appropriate preventive measures.
- Provides education to hospital staff annually and on an as needed basis regarding infection prevention practices which include but are not limited to hand washing and isolation practices.
- Chairs the quarterly Infection Prevention Committee and serves on hospital-wide committees at the request of the CNO. Serves as a member of the hospital Safety Committee.
- Provide health counseling for staff especially about illnesses that may be acquired from or transmitted to patients.
- Mitigation of risks associated with patient infections present upon admission and risks contributing to HAI. Prevent and control nosocomial infections.
- Monitors on a quarterly basis, updates from the CMS standards and makes necessary adjustments to policies, procedures and practice.
- Educate patients and/or family members in Infection Prevention topics. Research and develop education training for patients and family members using a variety of teaching methodologies that address various adult learning styles.
- Lead and/or assist with community classes related to Infection Prevention or Infection Control.
- Conducts new hire screenings and annual employee health screenings to include health history, immunizations update, and may include a brief-limited physical assessment.
- Refers employees with identifiable limitations and/or health risks to appropriate resources.
- Offers Employee health promotion incentives and educational materials in collaboration with the TEAM and/or Wellness committees of HDH.
- Demonstrates awareness of an adherence to legal requirements pertinent to employee health and safety.
- Maintains summaries and written reports required for employee illness/injury reporting. Trends employee illnesses/injuries to identify safety and health issues. Conducts surveillance and follow-up of employee exposures to communicable diseases.
- Maintain employee health records and keep up to date on state regulations regarding hospital employees. Provide care to staff with work-related illnesses or exposures.
- Plans, implements, and promotes annual Flu Vaccine Program and other vaccine programs as directed by APIC, OSHA, CDC, and other regulatory agencies.
- May provide initial assessment of employee injuries and assures the proper referrals are made in collaboration with Human Resources and Worker’s Compensation.
- Serves as a member of the Employee Wellness Program Committee.
JOB QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS: Knowledge of employee health and infection prevention standards. Medical charting terminology and procedures, standard nursing principles and practices. Knowledge of record keeping practices and computer applications software, including Microsoft Word and database software. Completion of accredited school of nursing and over three years related experience, or any satisfactory combination of experience and training which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the above duties.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Possession of Nursing License issued by State of Oregon or ability to possess license prior to appointment. Possession of a current CPR/BLS certification.
DESIRABLE REQUIREMENTS: Completion of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.