|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.
||Maine Veterans' Homes - Augusta
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||Skills and Abilities include:
Education and Experience:
- 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
- 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
||This listing expires on: 1/10/2021