The Infection Control Coordinator (ICC) is a professional registered nurse in the Quality, Safety and Value Section. The ICC, in collaboration with the Infection Control Team and the Hospital Epidemiologist, is accountable for multiple facets of the NMVAHCS Infection Control Program. The ICC is responsible for ensuring that the infection control program is developed and implemented in accord with VHA and VAMC policy and guidance. The ICC demonstrates initiative and leadership in managing, evaluating and improving patient care as it relates to the practice of infection surveillance, prevention and control in collaboration with others and ensures compliance with all external regulatory agencies. Duties include but are not limited to: Serves as an administrative and clinical expert in infection control, including but not limited to infection control aspects of blood-borne pathogens, multi drug resistant organisms, communicable diseases, water safety and the prevention of Legionella, and other infectious processes. Actively involved in continuously and systematically evaluating the quality and effectiveness of the Infection Prevention & Control Program, based on established professional, community, or regulatory standards, such TJC, OIG and others. Actively participates in committees and projects, as assigned, at the service, facility, VISN or national level Collaborates with local public health officials to coordinate disease prevention efforts in the community. Integrates relevant public health issues into practice. Applies epidemiological principles and statistical methods, including risk stratification, to identify target populations, analyze trends and risk factors and design and evaluate prevention and control strategies. Ensures surveillance design is consistent with selected internal and external comparative data bases. Utilizes a systematic approach to surveillance to identify and analyze data and monitor effectiveness of prevention and control strategies that are consistent with the organization's goals and objectives. Tracks/monitors lab reports and other data sources to identify trends in infection occurrences. Uses appropriate statistical techniques to describe data, calculate rates and critically evaluate significance of findings. Designs, develops and implements educational plan to Medical Center employees across service lines. This will include both orientation at the time of hire and ongoing infection prevention control in services as requested or as need is identified. Performs daily rounds in acute care units to ensure compliance with appropriate placement of patients who require Transmisison-Based Precautions in addition to Standard Precautions. Researches and develops/updates infection prevention and control related MCPs and SOPs for the Medical Center and its catchment areas (i.e., Community Living Center, Ambulatory Care settings, etc.) Identifies and implements the standard operating procedures for response to infection control related events. Demonstrates ability to function in the consultant role, under the direction of the Medical Center Epidemiologist, in Emergency Management planning, exercises and actual events. Obtains, trends, and analyzes data and information, including surveillance for infections utilizing nationally recognized methods and definitions. Intervenes directly to prevent infections and/or develops a collaborative team approach in identifying, analyzing and resolving infection prevention and control issues. Uses standard epidemiological principles and practices to observe, investigate, and implement control measures through the organization when an outbreak or cluster of infections is noted. Participates in environment of care rounds with emphasis on infection control issues. Contributes to an assessment of resources needed to accomplish the Infection Prevention and Control plan; communicates any resource variance to administration and modifies program plan if needed Identifies a database-driven process for collecting, inputting, analyzing, interpreting, and reporting data from various sources, data banks, and local programs to assure compliance with standards and performance improvement. Efficiently utilizes computer software applications such as Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Viso, PowerPoint. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm Telework: Not available. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized. Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.
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