Provides leadership in the application of the nursing process to patient care, organizational processes and/or systems, improving outcomes at the program or service level. The Nurse Infection Control Manager /Multi-Drug Resistant Organism (MDRO) Coordinator is responsible for: - Medical Center's Infection Control Program (ICP) and the facility's MDRO Program. - Adhering to established policies, standards of care and standards of practice. 1. Utilizes the nursing process effectively to coordinate and evaluate the medical center infection control program. 2. Facilitates and promotes the delivery of high-quality care to patients in all adult phases of the life cycle. 3. Maintains frequent contact within patient care areas to identify patients with infections and/or at risk of acquiring infections. 4. Provides leadership in the implementation of current standards of infection control practices for nursing, allied health, and other medical center employees. 5. Studies significant deviation of infection patterns to define risk factors, practices and areas at high risk for hospital acquired infection. 6. Ensures an effective tracking and trending system is developed, utilized and incorporated facility wide. Trends are compared with internal and external databases. 7. Provides tracking and trending data reports on the findings from the infection control program to individuals, groups, committees, services and top management as appropriate. 8. Recommends changes in practices based on analysis and evaluation of infection control surveillance and current regulatory agency standards, and city, state and federal law/regulations. 9. Participates in the HIV/ Hep. C case management activities through the Infectious Diseases Clinic. 10. Assesses, plans, develops and initiates activities to improve and sustains the quality and effectiveness of infection control programs for positive outcomes. 11. Actively participates in interdisciplinary committees or groups that evaluate clinical practice or health services such as Infection Control Committee, Environment of Care Committee, Critical Care Committee, Operating Room Committee, Subcommittee on Research Safety etc. 12. Participates in quality improvement teams to collect data, analyze results, design practice changes to improve and evaluate outcomes. 13. Participates in the revision of medical center-wide and departmental policies and procedures in areas of expertise and provides consultation to interdisciplinary project teams. 14. Evaluates performance improvement measures and activities to assess the effectiveness of the medical center's infection control program. 15. Evaluates accreditation standards and ensures that clinical practices, programs, and policies and procedures are in compliance with established professional, community and/or regulatory standards, and recommends / implements changes to meet those standards. 16. Serves as a consultant in matters of infection control for all services within the medical center. 17. Serves as an active member and facilitates the functioning of the Infection Control Committee. 18. Assists in the development and update of nursing policies/practices related to safety, Infection Control and infectious diseases. 19. Evaluates the effectiveness of the program with the Infectious Diseases/Infection Control team and participates in the implementation of appropriate changes. Work Schedule: To be discussed during interview 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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