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Infection Preventionist Assistant Licensed Nurse LVN LPN

Company: Diamond Ridge HealthCare Center
Location: Pittsburg
Posted on: June 5, 2021

Job Description:

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 measures.
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 visitors.
Consults with center leadership and physicians as needed to improve infection prevention and control practices.
Initiates follow-up on employee/resident exposures to communicable diseases.
Participates in the development and review of performance improvement activities to evaluate effectiveness of facility IP program.
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 department.
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 assessment.
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 for employees.
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.

ENTRY QUALIFICATIONS

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 PowerPoint).

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

Assists the DON in the supervision of nursing staff and others for whom they are administratively or professionally responsible.

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.

Keywords: Diamond Ridge HealthCare Center, Pittsburg , Infection Preventionist Assistant Licensed Nurse LVN LPN, Other , Pittsburg, California

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