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Infection Preventionist
The Infection Preventionist is responsible for oversight, implementation and evaluation of the facility's infection prevention and control program (IPCP), which is designed to provide a safe, sanitary, and comfortable environment to help prevent the development and transmission of communicable diseases and infections.
Duties and Responsibilities include:
  • Collaborates with facility leadership and the medical director to develop, implement, and evaluate the annual infection prevention program, including goals and action plan.
  • Partners with facility leaders, physicians, and local, state, and national agencies on activities related to infection prevention.
  • Establishes a facility-wide system for the prevention, identification, investigation, and control of infections of residents, staff, and visitors, including surveillance designed to identify possible communicable diseases or infections before they spread.
  • Oversees the antibiotic stewardship program and monitors residents' antibiotic use.
  • Assesses the need for, develops, and presents IPCP in-service education for individual departments, general orientation, and annual review as needed. Education includes, but is not limited to: hand hygiene, cleaning, disinfection and sterilization, specific direct and indirect care settings, therapeutic and diagnostic procedures and devices, use of isolation/barrier precautions when indicated, resident placement, transfer and discharge, environmental hazards, use of patient care products and medical equipment, resident immunization programs, flu vaccine program.
  • Develops and implements written policies and procedures for infection control, including those for standard precautions and for transmission-based precautions, including when these should be used, the duration of use, and the type of precautions needed for a particular infection or organism using evidenced-based standards for infection control.
  • Serves as a member of the Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement Committee (QAPI). Conducts routine audits and review of data to evaluate effectiveness of the IPCP.
  • Maintains current knowledge of VA, federal, state, and local regulations and ensures that the facility leaders are informed of appropriate issues; understand and comply with infection control, safety, and OSHA procedures and regulations.
  • Maintains exposure incident reports and develops action plans to prevent reoccurrence in collaboration with the MVH team.
Position: Infection Preventionist
Organization: Maine Veterans' Homes - Augusta
Location: Augusta,  ME 
United States
Salary:
Posting Start Date: 10/13/2020
Date Posted: 10/12/2020
Requirements Skills and Abilities include:
  • Ability to conduct analyses and formulate conclusions
  • Identify occurrences, reservoirs, incubation periods, periods of communicability, modes of transmission, signs and symptoms, and susceptibility associated with the infectious disease process
  • Interpret laboratory and diagnostic tests
  • Differentiate between colonization and infection
  • Differentiate between prophylactic, empiric, and therapeutic uses of antimicrobials
  • Ability to foster effective working relationships and build consensus
  • Ability to work effectively with individuals at all levels of the organization
Education and Experience:
  • Advanced degree in professional nursing, microbiology, epidemiology, or other related field
  • National certification in Infection Prevention and Control (or ability to complete certification within three months of employment)
  • Must be licensed to practice as an RN in the State of Maine
Status: This listing expires on: 1/10/2021
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Organization Information
Name:
Maine Veterans' Homes - Augusta
Address:
310 Cony Rd

Augusta,  ME 04330
United States
Email:
amydeslauriers@mainevets.org
Phone:
(207) 620-3009
Fax:
Contact:
Amy Deslauriers

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