SUMMARYEvaluates quality of resident care and resident outcomes
as they relate to healthcare associated infections. Collects,
prepares and analyzes healthcare associated infection data.
Presents infection data and makes recommendations for actions.
Monitors employee compliance with the use of barriers, standard
precautions, transmission-based precautions, and infection
prevention measures. Works with Director of Nursing (DON) or Staff
Development Coordinator (SDC) to prepare and present educational
offerings for the staff related to infection prevention and
control. Serves as a resource to all departments and personnel
regarding infection control and prevention. Implements programs to
protect the healthcare workers, visitors, and others in the
healthcare environment. Serves as a member of the Antibiotic
Stewardship Program Committee and Quality Assurance Performance
Improvement Committee. Provides internal and external reporting of
information and data. Promotes compliance with regulations,
guidelines, and accreditation requirements.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following.
Other duties may be assigned.
Performs on-going monitoring and surveillance of healthcare
associated infections, using epidemiological principles.
Evaluates infection prevention areas for improvement and makes
recommendations to the DON for corrective action and training.
Prepares infection prevention summary reports for the Infection
Control and QAPI Committee.
Monitors or oversees infection prevention practices and employee
compliance for all departments and personnel.
Serves as an infection prevention and control resource for all
departments and personnel, and residents on infection prevention
practices and regulations.
Provides infection surveillance data reporting to the Antibiotic
Stewardship Program Committee routinely.
Conducts outbreak investigations and initiates control
Reports communicable diseases to the local, state and federal
agencies as required by law.
Partners with the DON or SDC to develop and provide educational
offerings for orientation and ongoing training needs for infection
prevention based upon current trends, facility specific data and
surveillance observation for facility personnel, residents and
Consults with center leadership and physicians as needed to improve
infection prevention and control practices.
Initiates follow-up on employee/resident exposures to communicable
Participates in the development and review of performance
improvement activities to evaluate effectiveness of facility IP
Interacts with occupational health on issues related to exposures
to communicable diseases and to bloodborne exposures, including
review of policies, infection rates and trends and work
restrictions relative to a communicable disease.
Leads short and long-term planning for the infection prevention
Participates in the development and review of the completion of
annual and periodic updates/changes to the Facility Assessment,
including an infection prevention surveillance and risk
May support multiple centers related to the infection prevention
and control program.
Infection Prevention training will include educational goals and
objectives using learning principles, tools and technology and post
training monitoring to evaluate effectiveness.
With center committee review and approval, initiates, reviews and
revises infection prevention program, including policies and
procedures, ensuring compliance with local, state and federal
requirements and in consideration of resident rights.
Ensure compliance with testing for communicable diseases (such as
Influenza, COVID-19, etc.) when required.
Assists with implementation of immunization and screening programs
Must complete at least 10 hours of continuing education (CEU) in
the field of infection prevention and control (IPC) annually.
Performs other duties as directed.
Holds a current state license as a LPN or LVN.
CDC certification in infection prevention is required. Candidate
will be given three (3) months to complete such certification if
he/she does not currently hold it.
Must complete the minimum 14 hours state required initial training
for infection prevention.
Associate-Infection Prevention and Control (a –IPC) certification
is required. Candidate will be eligible after the first six (6)
months of employment and the certification must be completed within
one (1) year.
Ability to provide educational offerings in collaboration with the
DON or SDC as it relates to infection prevention and control.
Solid communication skills.
Computer skills required for the position (Excel, Word, and
Assists the DON in the supervision of nursing staff and others
for whom they are administratively or professionally
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND ENVIRONMENT
Shift work may be required. Employee is frequently required to
stand, walk, use hands or fingers, reach with hands and arms, feel,
talk and hear. Employee will occasionally assist to lift and / or
transfer patients weighing between 100 to 250 pounds. Employee is
occasionally exposed to blood or other body fluids, fumes or
airborne particles and toxic or caustic chemicals. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities
to perform the essential functions.