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Infection Control Registered Nurse

Company: Wellpath
Location: Bridgewater
Posted on: June 18, 2022

Job Description:

Here at Wellpath, everything that we do is about taking care of people - our patients, our staff and our partners. We are committed to making a difference by providing hope and healing to vulnerable patients in challenging clinical environments. Our talented, compassionate team thrives in an autonomous environment, is empowered and supported by education, training and the resources to practice healthcare the way it is meant to be and strives to "Always Do The Right Thing!"OverviewOur Nurse Educator coordinates the orientation process of all nursing staff by assessing staff competencies and providing on-going education for all direct care employees, based on departmental needs. Job responsibilities are carried out in direct consultation with the facilities Director of Nursing. This position also assists in coordinating the orientation process of all staff by assessing staff competencies and providing on-going infection control (IC) education based on departmental needs. In addition, it is responsible for facility-wide compliance with all regulatory requirements involving infection control. It also performs an ongoing assessment to identify the organization's risks for the acquisition and transmission of infectious agents and effectively conducts surveillance by collecting data and interpreting the results. Finally, it implements infection prevention and control processes and educates and collaborates with leaders across the organization to effectively participate in the design and implementation of the IC program.QualificationsEducation for Nurse Educator:Bachelor degree in Nursing from a nursing accredited school preferredExperience for Nurse Educator:Three (3) years of experience in a psychiatric or acute care setting in nurse education or infection control is preferredJoint Commission knowledge and experience preferredAbility to analyze employee skills necessary in order to solve technical, clinical, administrative, or managerial problems that require a professional level of knowledge in a specific discipline or design relatively complex plans, systems, and programsWork requires the communication skills necessary to interpret facility policies in situations requiring preparation and presentations to facility staff, manage the performance of employees within a diverse department, or other duties requiring a comparable level of communication skillsAbility to read and communicate in EnglishHigh degree of empathetic listening, tact and kindness toward othersThe ability to communicate well verballyExcellent written, verbal, and computer skills Ability to work with computers and the necessary software typically used by the departmentLicenses/Certifications for Nurse Educator:Current license in the state of practice or possess a multi-state compact license recognized by the state to practice professional nursingResponsibilitiesDevelops, plans, and maintains an effective staff education program.Plans and coordinates the individualized orientation for all nursing and direct care staff.Participates in facility-wide employee orientation.Coordinates and implements educational programs for nursing and direct care staff.Develops a process to ensure clinical competency of all nursing staff.Acts as a resource to nurses regarding clinical practice.Ensures that staff competencies are assessed and documented during the orientation period, when implementing a new procedure, and annually.Participates in the Performance Improvement program by monitoring specific aspects of employee education and patient care as required by the Department.Collaborates with the nursing management team in complying with TJC, state, federal and local state policies requirements.Maintains knowledge of trends and developments in the filed by reading appropriate articles, journals and related materials and by attending seminar, conferences, etc.Develops, plans, and maintains an effective staff infection control education program.Provides continuing infection control education program for all staff.Participates in facility-wide employee orientation.Responsible for the evaluation, surveillance, statistical analysis, and reporting of infections and communicable diseases/conditions to leadership.Monitors, reviews, and revises the infection control and employee health programs to improve outcomes.Analyzes data from infection control reports, assesses the overall failure or success of key processes and recommends corrective action among the residents and personnel.Develops and approves written policies and procedures pertaining to infection control.Determines the type of surveillance method and criteria for infection determination.Provides in-service education on infection control.Develops a process to ensure clinical competency of all nursing staff.Acts as a resource to nurses regarding clinical practice.Ensures that staff competencies are assessed and documented during the orientation period, when implementing a new procedure and annually.Participates in the Performance Improvement program by monitoring specific aspects of patient care as required by the Department.Collaborates with the nursing management team in complying with TJC, state, federal and local state policies requirements.Maintains knowledge of trends and developments in the filed by reading appropriate articles, journals and related materials and by attending seminar, conferences, etc.Demonstrates knowledge regarding infection control regulatory agencies requirements.Maintains surveillance activities within the agency to monitor internal and external causes of infection.Monitors trends in patient infection rates and completes statistical reports to assist staff in responding to current conditions.Make clinical rounds to all patient living areas to monitor staff compliance with infection control guidelines.Develops, reviews, and revises policies as required.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.Perform other duties as assigned.Wellpath is an EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability Employer

Keywords: Wellpath, Brockton , Infection Control Registered Nurse, Healthcare , Bridgewater, Massachusetts

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