Wilkes-Barre VAMC is recruiting for a Registered Nurse-Infection Prevention Coordinator (IPC). This position is responsible and accountable for the design, implementation, and evaluation of the infection control program across all Wilkes-Barre, PA VA Medical Center (WBVAMC)/Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) service and/or discipline lines and serves as an educational resource on infection prevention and control of epidemiology. Occasional travel to CBOCs will be required. The Registered Nurse selected for the Infection Prevention Coordinator (IPC) is responsible and accountable for the design, implementation, and evaluation of the infection control program across all Wilkes-Barre, PA VA Medical Center (WBVAMC)/Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) service and/or discipline lines and serves as an educational resource on infection prevention and control of epidemiology. This position will be under the Chief of Staff Service and occasional travel will be required. Duties include but not limited to the following: Collaborates with other health professionals to ensure that all personnel use infection control methods to reduce risk of infection to patients, families, and employees. Integrate surveillance findings into the organizations plan of improvement of practice and patient outcomes. Recommends new or revised practices or procedures based on currently accepted evidence-based infection prevention and control strategies. Conducts surveillance and investigations by using epidemiologic principles. Participates in the development of the organizations surveillance plan based on the population(s) served, services provided, and previous surveillance data, of available. Participates in the periodical evaluation of the effectiveness of the Infection Prevention & Control program. Provides expertise regarding infections, communicable diseases, and epidemiological procedures to other clinical staff. Provides consultation to administration, committees, staff, and manages on issues regarding infection prevention and control and epidemiology. Conducts educational classes for employees regarding infection prevention and control and environmental hazards related to infection control. Communicates knowledge and understanding of Joint Commission Standards by correct interpretation to those who need to know. Serves as a Periodic Performance Review (PPR) team leader for the Infection Control (IC) standards across all programs of service. Serves as a liaison to Public Health officials regarding communicable diseases and other epidemiologically significant findings. Meets/exceeds the identified performance measures. Completes special assignments as assigned by the Chief of Staff. Activates the Infection Control Flag in the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) when indicated. Performs tuberculin skin testing. Serves as the alternate Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)/Multi-drug Resistant Organisms (MDRO) Prevention Coordinator. Participates in the evaluation of construction activities by performing Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) for all construction projects for the Medical Center and Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs). Serves as the Program Manager for the Infection Prevention and Control Section. Carries out assignments independently as the Program Manager for the Infection Prevention and Control Section, coordinates and assigns the work to others in the section, and keeps the Chief of Staff informed of potential problems as they develop. Schedules/Oversees program coverage and work assignments, reallocating/delegating workload as necessary to ensure proper oversight of programming, as well as efficient and effective operation of the Section. Monitors leave of employees within the section to ensure adequate coverage in coordination with the Chief of Staff. Supports the Chief of Staff who provides direct supervision to this position. Work Schedule: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday Compressed/Flexible: Not available Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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