Infection Control Officer

Job Locations US-NM-Jemez Pueblo
Posted Date 4 months ago(7/27/2020 11:32 AM)
Job ID
2020-1440
# of Openings
1
Category
Health Care

Overview

Responsible for minimizing risk of transmission of pathogenic or infectious microorganisms by implementing, monitoring, and evaluating the Infection Control and Surveillance plan and policies for Jemez Health & Human Services. Investigates, controls, and conducts surveillance activities to prevent spread of infectious diseases. Educates JHHS employees on the policies and procedures related to the infection control.

Responsibilities

  • Develops, implements, and evaluates the organizational infection prevention program.
  • Develops an annual surveillance plan based on the population(s) served, services provided, and analysis of surveillance data.
  • Creates educational goals, objectives, and strategies using learning principles and available educational tools and technology according to the Infection Control and Surveillance Plan. Assesses and addresses learning needs of those served. Evaluates the effectiveness of educational programs and learner outcomes of JHHS staff.
  • Chair the Infection Control Committee meetings and works collaboratively with the Safety Officer.
  • Utilize epidemiologic principles to conduct surveillance and investigations.
  • Communicates infection prevention and control information and data to various committees and healthcare workers across the organization as assigned.
  • Ensures the prevention of healthcare-associated infections in patients, injuries, and illnesses in healthcare personnel.
  • Review existing policies and standard operating procedures to identify gaps and outdated information.
  • Complies with regulatory and mandatory reporting requirements at the local, state, and federal levels. Monitors compliance through observations, checklists, and other methods.
  • Facilitates compliance with regulatory and accreditation standards.
  • Stay current on infection prevention, control regulatory, and accreditation standards.
  • Utilize Performance improvement methodology as a means of enacting change.
  • Ensure that patient/client needs and expectations are considered in the development of and continuous improvement of processes, products, and services.
  • Monitor and analyze process and outcome measures to evaluate the effectiveness and sustainability.
  • Act as a resource providing consultation for the health department and other departments within Pueblo of Jemez. Makes written and oral reports/recommendations to the Executive Leadership Team, as necessary/required, concerning infection prevention and surveillance plan.
  • Maintain related permits, licenses, and other documents in accordance with JHHS policy, state, and/or federal regulations.
  • Coordinate and manage adherence to the employee health program. (Immunization, exposures, fit testing, etc.)
  • Document and review all employee immunizations, declinations, and ensure that OSHA requirements for Health Care Professionals (HCP) are in compliance of documenting TB tests, HEP B, and flu vaccinations.
  • Ensure full compliance of all employees within the Pueblo of Jemez to follow and adhere to the Exposure Control Plans.
  • Ensure full compliance with the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Plan 2020. Collaboratively work with the POJ Emergency Manager, Clinical Operations Officer and the Safety Officer to ensure that all policies and phases are implemented timely and efficiently.
  • Participate in meetings conducted by the JHHS Response Team and other meetings held to discuss these plans, policies, and procedures at the Pueblo of Jemez.
  • Contributes to the overall quality of the unit’s service provision by developing and coordinating work teams and by reviewing, recommending and implementing improved policies and procedures.
  • Represents the Pueblo with dignity, integrity, and a spirit of cooperation in all relationships with staff and the public.

Qualifications

QUALIFICATIONS:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Primary professional training in nursing, medical technology, epidemiology, health education, environmental health or other related field.
  • Analytical and problem solving skills.

 

 

Education and Experience:

  • Minimum 2 years experience as an Infection Preventionist or related healthcare experience with knowledge of infectious diseases, epidemiology, or patient care practices, preferred.
  • Completion of Infection Prevention training Certification within 30 days of employment.
  • Minimum Education: Bachelors degree in nursing or other health-related field (biology, public health/community health, or medical technology).
  • Master’s degree in nursing, biology, community health/public health preferred.
  • Preferred certification: Certification in Infection Control from CBIC.

 

 

 

INFECTION CONTROL OFFICER                                           

 

Required Knowledge and Skills

Knowledge of:

  • Infection Control best practices, publications, etc. Has the ability to implement evidence-based practices and guidelines.
  • Detail-oriented.
  • Achievement-oriented. Has the ability to take on challenging tasks.
  • High-stress tolerance. Has the ability to work under pressure.
  • Team-oriented. Has the ability to be collaborative and cooperative.
  • Record management principles and practices.
  • Techniques for dealing with a variety of individuals from various socio-economic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, in person and over the telephone.
  • Computer software utilized by the clinic and/or public health programs.

 

Skill in:

  • Epidemiology and surveillance monitoring – report writing and/or data presentation.
  • Program and project management and development of systems for tracking and monitoring.
  • Situational Awareness in infection prevention and control.
  • Collaboration and communication with staff, administrators, and other key stakeholders.
  • Conflict management.
  • Leadership skills. Use of principles of influence, leadership and change management in an organization.
  • Readily sharing knowledge and expertise.
  • Bringing enthusiasm, creativity, and innovation to practice.
  • Adhere to all compliance and confidential guidelines including HIPAA Compliance and Privacy Act.
  • Providing customer services in the most cost effective and efficient manner.
  • Preparing clear and concise reports, records of work and other written materials.
  • Using software applications related to duties.
  • Using tact, discretion and prudence in dealing with customers.
  • Using initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.
  • Organizing, prioritizing and coordinating work activities, coordinating multiple activities and meeting critical deadlines.

 

 

REQUIRED CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, AND REGISTRATIONS:

  • Certificate of Infection Prevention and Control (CIC) from Certification Board of Infection Control (CBIC), preferred.

 

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS & WORKING ENVIRONMENT:

The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

Mobility to work remotely and occasionally in a typical office and clinical setting; agility and dexterity to use standard office and medical equipment; stamina to sit and stand for extended periods of time; strength and agility to lift and carry up to 20 pounds; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen, and hearing and speech to communicate in over the telephone and in person.       

 

 

 

 

 

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