The primary purpose of this job position is to plan, organize, develop, coordinate, and direct our infection control program and quality improvement activities in accordance with current federal, state, and local standards, guidelines, and regulations that govern such programs.
- Possess a current license to practice as a Registered Nurse in NJ.
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, Masters degree preferred.
- Ability to act as independent decision-maker and collaborate with interdisciplinary teams.
- Knowledgeable of nursing and medical practices and procedures, as well as laws, regulations, and guidelines that pertain to home care and infection control, to include universal precautions.
- Ability to work effectively and comfortably with diverse groups of internal staff and external clients.
- Willingness to seek out new methods and principles and be willing to incorporate them into existing nursing practices.
- Computer literate and proficiency with MS Office including Word, Excel, Outlook and Powerpoint.
- Ensure that the agency is in compliance with current CDC, OSHA, and local regulations concerning infection control or universal precautions.
- Develop, maintain, and periodically update infection control precautions and aseptic technique that successfully correct problem areas.
- Interpret infection control policies and procedures as necessary.
- Assist in evaluating and implementing recommendations from the Infection Control Committee.
- Make written and oral reports/recommendations to the Administrator, as necessary/required, concerning the infection control program of this agency. Serve on, participate in, and attend Infection Control Committee meetings.
- Develop and implement a practical system of detecting, evaluating, recording, and reporting infections which originate with agency personnel.
- Orient new employees to the importance of infection control policies and procedures.
- Report occupational exposures to blood, body fluids, infectious materials, and hazardous chemicals in accordance with the agency’s policies and procedures governing accidents and incidents.
- Perform supervision visits of staff for the purpose of surveillance, review of environmental sanitation procedures, and supervision of infection control precautions/practices.
- Perform surveillance/audits of medical records to identify infection control trends.
- Prepare monthly summaries of all patient/personnel infections, corrective action taken.
- Prepare summaries of special investigations on the occurrence of health care acquired infections.
- Review nurses’ notes of those patients in/on isolation precautions to ensure that they are informative and descriptive of the nursing care being provided and that they reflect the patient’s response to the care.
- Investigate infectious outbreaks.
- Participate in agency surveys (inspections) made by authorized government agencies.
- Report all reportable diseases to the county and state health departments.
- Attend and participate in continuing educational programs designed to keep you abreast of changes in your profession, as well as to maintain your license on a current status.
- Audit charts for compliance.
- Participate in Quality Improvement Committee meetings.
- Other duties as assigned.