Wellpath Registered Nurse - Infection Control in Calico Rock, Arkansas
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About this role
Our Infection Control Nurse serves as leader, mentor, and role model for the infection control program. Maintains a knowledge base of current infection prevention and control information. Serves as the liaison with the Department of Corrections surrounding infection control issues and as chairperson for a multi-disciplinary infection control committee. Provides professional education for health care, correctional, and other staff as required to maintain an effective infection control program.
What you bring to the table
Graduation from an accredited School of Nursing
Baccalaureate degree preferred
Five (5) years minimum of clinical experience preferred
Knowledge and experience in areas of patient care practices, microbiology, sepsis, disinfecting/sterilization, adult education, infectious diseases, communication, program administration and epidemiology
Current licensure as a Registered Nurse within the State
Current CPR Certification
What you will do
Establishes and maintains the site Infection Control Program.
Assist with patient care, Utilization Management and other job responsibilities as assigned by Director of Nursing.
Maintains a knowledge base of current infection prevention and control information through peer networking, published literature, professional meetings and other avenues as available.
Shares knowledge and skills with others and brings creativity and innovation to practice.
Makes decisions and performs activities in an ethical manner.
Integrates surveillance findings into the organization's plan for improvement of practices and patient outcomes.
Reviews, analyzes, and applies existing regulations, standards and /or guidelines of applicable professional organizations and governmental agencies.
Reviews, analyzes, and applies pertinent information from current scientific literature and publications.
Conducts surveillance and investigations by using epidemiological principles and uses appropriate statistical techniques to describe the data, calculate rates, and critically evaluate significance of findings.
Develops a surveillance plan based on the population served, services provided, and previous surveillance data. Selects indicators based on the projected use of the data and uses standardized definitions for the identification and classification of events, indicators, or outcomes.
Analyzes surveillance data and reports epidemiological significant finds to appropriate customers. Periodically evaluates the effectiveness of the surveillance plan and modifies as necessary.
Routinely assess the educational needs of staff and patients and develops educational objectives and strategies to meet those needs. Collaborates in the development, delivery, and evaluation of educational programs or tools that relate to infection prevention, control and epidemiology.
Provides consultation to administration, committees, staff, and managers on issues regarding infection prevention, control and epidemiology.
Develops and annually reviews a program plan with measurable objectives and determines appropriate resources needed to accomplish the proposed plan. Communicates variances to the Health Services Administrator and Site Director of Nursing and modifies program plan if needed.
Considers both clinical outcomes and financial implications when making recommendations for changes in practice.
Prepares a monthly report of infection control events and activities.
Develops agenda for and serves as chairperson for Quarterly Infection Control meetings.
Submits Infection Control meeting minutes as indicated in Policy and Procedure.
Must be able to obtain and maintain security clearance.
Must be able to apply principles of critical thinking to a variety of practical and emergent situations and accurately follow standardized procedures that may call for deviations.
Must be able to apply sound judgment beyond a specific set of instructions and apply knowledge to different factual situations.
Must be alert at all times; pay close attention to details.
Must be able to work under stress on a regular or continuous basis.
Post orders, if applicable, per site contract.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Wellpath is an EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability Employer
Our investment in you
Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance plan options
Time off & leave benefits
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