The Infection Control Practitioner/Multi Drug Resistant Organism Coordinator will perform all functions in the application of the infection prevention and control program to facilitate an environment that is safe and free from harmful microorganisms that could be a risk to patients, staff and visitors. Preferred Experience: 3-5 years as an Infection Control Practitioner The Infection Prevention Control Practitioner (Registered Nurse) will demonstrate leadership in developing and maintaining a productive working relationship with all levels of staff and with peers in other facilities, community agencies and with representative in the academic setting. Duties will include, but are not limited to: Monitors and reports the status of MDRO initiative programs, as well as the Medical Center's Infection Control Program (ICP). This includes surveillance for colonization/infection with MRSA and other organisms. Manages program resources (financial, human, material, or informational) to facilitate safe, effective, and efficient care and program effectiveness. Implements an educational plan to meet changing program or service needs for self and others. Maintains knowledge of current techniques, trends, and professional issues. Uses professional standards of care and practice to evaluate programs and/or service activities. Uses the group process to identify, analyze, and resolve care problems. Initiates interdisciplinary projects to improve organizational performance. Collaborates with others in research activities to improve care. Uses a body of research to validate and/or change work group practice. Develops and implements action plans based on the results of the on-going surveillance Identifies, monitors and educates patients and staff regarding Infection prevention based on education level and ability to learn and validates understanding. Communicates knowledge and understanding of mandatory requirements and standards of Joint Commission, OSHA, and State Public Health as they relate to Infection Control Educational presentations relevant to the Infection Prevention initiatives for staff, patients and visitors. Conducts deep dives into specific practices and surveillance findings. Monitors and reports the status of employee compliance with policies such as hand hygiene, isolation practices, separation of clean and sterile supplies, and cleaning of non-critical RME. Engages with all levels of clinicians, non-licensed staff and leadership at the facility, VISN and National levels. Monitors and reports the status of swabs (on admission, transfer and discharge) and the rate of community acquired versus hospital acquired colonization/infection. Performs other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.