• Memorial Health
  • Springfield, IL, USA
  • Nov 25, 2021
Assistant/Support Nursing

Job Description

Responsible for the identification and classification of healthcare acquired infection events, nursing indicators, and quality outcomes.  Provides guidance in infection prevention and control for healthcare staff, patients, families, and general public. Serves as an educator and participates in educational programs for infection prevention and control. Collaborates with employee health in development of policies related to the risk of disease transmission. Assists with the immunization program. Participates in research when appropriate and incorporates research findings into evidence based clinical practice.    REQUIRED SKILLS Conducts tech Identification of infectious disease processes. Differentiate among colonization, infection and contamination. Interpret results of diagnostic/lab reports. Recognize epidemiologically significant organisms for immediate review and investigation. Differentiate among prophylactic, empiric, and therapeutic uses of antimicrobials. Identify indications for microbiologic monitoring. Surveillance and epidemiologic investigations. Collection and compilation of surveillance data. Ability to identify and implement an Outbreak investigation  Preventing/controlling the transmission of infectious agents. Develop and review infection prevention and control policies and procedures Identify and implement infection prevention and control strategies to prevent the transmission of infectious agents. Employee/occupational health: Collaborates with EH in the development of strategies that address the risk of disease transmission to HCW and ancillary staff. Review and/or develop screening and immunization programs. Provide counseling, follow-up, work restriction recommendations related to communicable diseases or following exposures in collaboration with Employee Wellness nurse. Participates in development and review of EH policies and procedures related to infection prevention and control. Assists in the influenza campaign. Consults on post-exposure protocols and activities related to communicable diseases. Education and research: Serves as an educator and educational resource for HCW, ancillary staff, physicians, patients, families, and the general public. Assess needs, develop goals and measurable objectives and prepare plans for educational offerings. Apply principles of adult learning to educational strategies and delivery of educational sessions. Prepare, present, or coordinate educational workshops. Lectures, discussion or one-on-one instruction on a variety of infection prevention and control topics. Apply critical reading skills to evaluate research findings. Utilizes appropriate information technology in educational design and delivery. Professional development: Acquires and maintains current knowledge and skills in the area of infection prevention, control, and epidemiology.  Completes basic infection prevention and control training course within the first 6 months of entering the profession. Seeks opportunities to improve individual performance. Participates in professional organizations and networking opportunities Demonstrates responsibility for own personal and professional growth as reflected in ongoing education and projects. Perioperative IP has knowledge and skills specific to preoperative services department. Professional accountability: Responsible for the development, evaluation, and improvement of own practice in relations to the Practice Standards. Establishes and works toward professional goals and objectives. Performs regular self-evaluations to identify strengths and areas for improvement. Seeks constructive feedback regarding professional practice. Keeps current on best practices through evidence based research and guidelines. Participates in education opportunities that promote personal professional growth and development. Acquires and maintains current knowledge and skills in the area of infection prevention & control. Communicates effectively with internal and external customers.  Leadership: Serves as a leader, mentor, and role model. Provides direction and works collaboratively with others. Shares knowledge and expertise. Mentors less experienced health care providers and ancillary personnel. Recommends specific equipment, personnel, and resources for the infection prevention and control program. Assists with evaluation of accreditation/regulatory compliance issue and facilitates compliance. Consultation: Provides knowledge and guidance in infection prevention, control, and epidemiology. Stays current with developments in infection prevention and control. Integrates into practice, policies, and procedures: pertinent regulatory requirements, accreditation standards, and guidelines. Supports patient/families, administration, committees, HCW, and ancillary staff in infection prevention, control and epidemiology issues. Provides input into patient safety and health care quality initiatives.  Performance improvement: Functions as a part of performance improvement initiatives to promote positive patient and employee outcomes.  Identifies opportunities for improvement based on observations, process and outcome indicators, and other findings. Acts as an agent of change and participates in the change process. Directs the organization’s infection prevention and control improvement activities. Participates in the organization’s multidisciplinary improvement strategies. Utilizes established measurement tools and techniques, e.g., outbreak investigation, root cause analysis, etc. Integrates surveillance findings into formal plans for improvement of practice and patient outcomes Collaborates with risk management/quality management in the identification and review of adverse and sentinel events. Patient contact: Provide patient contact for limited activities (the perioperative IP will not perform the majority of these duties). Serve as consultant to patient and families related to infection control concerns. Interprets lab cultures and explain results to patients and families. Performs patient rounding on all patients with new diagnosis of multidrug resistant organism. Administer pneumococcal and influenza vaccines if indicated. Ability to perform Enteric Flora Transfer administration. Assess compliance with healthcare acquired infection prevention bundles with direct patient contact and evaluation of process measures. Performs other related work as required or requested. REQUIRED EXPERIENCE Education: Baccalaureate degree required.  Post-graduate work preferred but not required. Licensure/Certification/Registry: Registered Nurse in state of Illinois required. CPR certification required. Experience: Two years hospital experience in acute care required. Data collection experience preferred. Other Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: Ability to work cooperatively with others. Willing to engage in individual study. Good communication skills.

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