The Washington State Department of Corrections is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individuals for the critical role of Infection Prevention Nurse (RN3) for the Airway Heights Corrections Center (AHCC) located in Airway Heights, WA and Stafford Creek Corrections Center (SCCC) in Aberdeen, WA. These are full-time day shift positions with Sat/Sun off.
This position supports the mission of the Health Services division by providing necessary, comprehensive, quality health services and promoting wellness for incarcerated individuals. The Infection Prevention Nurse/Registered Nurse 3 directly oversees the clinic Infection Control and Prevention Program in an adult correctional facility.
The mission of the Department of Corrections is to improve public safety by positively changing lives. For additional information visit our website at doc.wa.gov
Applications will be reviewed as they are received. The hiring authority reserves the right to offer the position at any time during the recruitment process. It is to the applicant's advantage to apply as early as possible.
Duties: The Infection Prevention Nurse helps to develop, maintain, and evaluate this program, by supporting, educating, and directing staff. Job duties include but are not limited to:
Provide clinical oversight of all nursing personnel under this position's supervision.
Oversee screening new patients entering the system for communicable diseases, such as tuberculosis (TB), HIV, viral hepatitis, and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Assist in the education, counseling, direct care and management of patients diagnosed with communicable diseases. Ensures that patients who have communicable diseases or whose health is at risk as a result of communicable disease are assessed, evaluated and managed according to standardized infection control guidelines.
Functions as both a facility and Statewide resource during infectious disease outbreaks by supervising infection control processes, developing response plans, monitoring and training staff assigned as resources during the event, and communicated status of outbreak to key stakeholders
Manage the patient vaccination program, ensuring vaccines are administered and documented appropriately.
Collaborates with Occupational Nurse Consultants (ONC) after staff exposures to blood and/or body fluids, offering assistance with source person testing and post exposure management
Teach, instruct, monitor, supervise and evaluate the implementation of tasks and the results of patient care assigned to staff nursing personnel.
Actively participate in clinic/facility-wide Coordinated Quality Improvement Program (CQIP) projects, Infection Control Meetings, safety team audits and other required programs
Assures compliance with ACA/Operations Inspection standards covering Communicable Disease and the Infection Control Program.
Monitor and enforce policy and protocols for Infection Control, DOH Health, Environmental and Safety standards.
Partners with Department of Health, CDC, EPA and other regulatory agencies.
Qualifications: Graduation from an accredited school of professional nursing; The ability to obtain a valid Washington State license to practice as a Registered Nurse prior to employment (Note: Must have initial and continuous unblemished/unrestricted licensure as a Registered Nurse).
Two years of experience as a Registered Nurse.
Training in infection control and prevention Training by the American Heart Association in Healthcare Providers CPR.
Proficient using computer-based programs to schedule, monitor and track patient data entry and word processing, communicate via email, as well as other programs that may be needed to complete assigned work.
Ability to work independently and with limited supervision.
Maintain professional work relationships with staff, the public, and other stakeholders.
Ability to research, accumulate, organize, and communicate technical information both orally, in writing, in person, and using technologies such as telephone, electronic mail, and computer equipment.
Demonstrable skill in data collection, data management using Excel or Access, data analyzing and presentation of data to groups and individuals.
Successfully complete required mandatory training, such as DOC Annual In-service, Suicide Prevention, Emergency Response, etc.
Certification as an Infection Prevention Specialist or at least two (2) years clinical experience in HIV/Viral Hepatitis/sexual transmitted infection/TB program management, infection prevention, and/or outbreak investigation.
The ideal candidate will also have:
Prior experience working as an RN in a correctional facility or public health.
Certification as a correctional health professional with NCCHC (National Commission on Correctional Health Care)
The Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) is made up of dedicated professionals who work hard to improve public safety. Employees work in a variety of specialties and programs to administer a comprehensive system of corrections for convicted law violators in the state of Washington. The Health Services Division is responsible for enacting this legislation by providing basic primary care to individuals incarcerated in department prison facilities. Limited services are also provided to individuals on active community supervision and in work release. Health services include medical, dental, and mental health care, as provided by on-site health care staff and licensed and/or certified health care providers and counselors. As part of a behavioral health continuum of care, sex offender treatment and substance abuse treatment is also provided.