Infection Prevention Nurse

POSITION SUMMARY

The Infection Prevention Nurse is responsible for the effective direction, management, and operation of the facility’s infection control program. The IP will obtain and/or maintain certification in both the role of the IP as well as for Antibiotic Stewardship. This position reports to the Director of Nursing and is an integral part of the management team.

PERSONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Nursing license in the State of Michigan
  • Experience in LTC/ Geriatric nursing – preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Able to multitask and work independently

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Monitor residents and staff for infectious processes.
  • Develop and update policies and procedures that minimize the spread of infection.
  • Maintain resident and staff logs of infections. Investigate and report confirmed infections in quarterly reports and graphs.
  • Report outbreaks of infections to the Medical Director, the Director of Nursing, and the Health Department as required by the Michigan Department of Health rules.
  • Educate staff on current standards, policies, and procedures requiring infection control.
  • Collect, analyze, and interpret health data in order to plan, implement, evaluate, and disseminate appropriate health care practices.
  • Participate in and initiate Quality Assurance Performance Improvement initiatives and Performance Improvement Projects.
  • Maintain the Antibiotic Stewardship program.
  • Effectively communicate with other staff, residents, family members, visitors, government agencies, and the general public.
  • Serve as a leader and a resource to nursing staff in clinical and managerial decision-making; assist with implementation of physician orders as needed.
  • Assure staff comply with Facility policies and procedures via completing rounds to monitor and observe staff as well as through chart review; correct problems and provide education as needed.
  • Identify problems and make recommendations for addressing issues and needs to the Director of Nursing and other departments in the Facility.
  • Assist and participate in activities related to facility inspections or investigations by regulatory or accrediting agencies.
  • Meet with staff to communicate information and changes or additions in policies and procedures.
  • Assist as needed in problem resolution among staff, residents, families, and visitors.
  • Flex schedule to meet needs of residents and staff on various shifts.

Meet with residents and their families/legal representatives as requested.

  • Assure problems and complaints are managed in a timely and appropriate manner. Available to receive and address complaints that may arise and communicate any received complaints to the Director of Nursing/Administrator.
  • Complete medical record reviews for new admissions as applicable.
  • Serve as back up for Education Nurse as needed.
  • Assist with clinical emergencies, including CPR and transfers to the hospital for emergency care.
  • Perform any duties of a staff nurse as directed and not in violation of the nursing contract.
  • All other duties as assigned.

SUMMARY OF OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURES

Bloodborne Pathogens:

Tasks and Procedures performed by employee involves risks classified by CDC as: CATEGORY A

Tasks that involve exposure to blood, body fluids or tissue.

All procedures or other job-related tasks that involve an inherent potential for mucus membrane or skin contact with blood, body fluids or tissues, or a potential for spills, splashes of them.

POSITION AUTHORITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY

Position Reports to: Director of Nursing Position

Supervises: None.

COGNITIVE AND SENSORY REQUIREMENTS

Talking:   Necessary for communicating with others.

Hearing: Necessary for taking instruction from others and listening to equipment when troubleshooting to determine necessary repairs.

Sight:     Necessary to perform effective repairs of building and equipment. May also be delegated in certain circumstances.

Smelling: Necessary for the detection of smoke, hot motors, gas, oils, and other fumes or odor which are potential health concerns. May also be delegated in certain circumstances.

Canal View – Houghton County  |  1100 W. Quincy Street, Hancock, MI 49930  |  906.482.5050