This position is located at the Sheridan VA Health Care System and is assigned to the Quality Management Department. The Infection Prevention and Control Coordinator is primarily responsible for implementation of the Sheridan VA Healthcare System's (SVAHCS) Infection Prevention and Control Program, ensuring high quality nursing practices to prevent and control transmission of infection in patients and staff in all phases of the adult life cycle. This responsibility includes, but is not limited to: Facilitates and promotes the delivery of high quality and safe infection prevention and control practices throughout the SVAHCS. Maintains frequent contact with inpatient, residential, and ambulatory care units, as well as Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) to identify patients with actual or potential infectious practices. Provides leadership in the implementation of current standard of infection prevention and control practices for nursing and other SVAHCS staff. Recommends changes in practice based on analysis and evaluation of infection prevention and control data and current city, state, federal regulations/law. Analyzes available resources and identifies risk areas. Evaluates available options and selects course of action which will results in the safest, most favorable patient, staff, and organizational outcomes. Provides/assures the provision of new employee Infection Prevention and Control/Bloodborne Pathogen training to all new SVAHCS employees. Uses the surveillance process to identify healthcare-acquired and community-acquired infections and environmental hazards. Utilizes surveillance results to plan and coordinate intervention strategies to decrease/prevent infections. Investigates clusters of infections, single incidents of rare pathogens, and deviations from expected infection rates. Prepares statistical and other reports, analyzes data, and presents reports on healthcare-acquired and community-acquired infections to various SVAHCS committees and workgroups to identify the need for change, minimize risk, and ensure effectiveness. Compiles and submits reportable infectious disease data to the appropriate agency (i.e.: Wyoming Department of Health, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Inpatient Evaluation Center (IPEC), VISN 19NACO) and coordinates follow-up reports as needed. Evaluates SVAHCS services/programs for compliance with federal and local infection prevention and control standards and recommends changes to meet compliance. Identifies learning needs, develops plans, and provides education on infection prevention and control issues to healthcare professionals and support services as needed/requested. Provides expert consultation to other professionals, sharing expertise with interdisciplinary teams throughout the organization. Performs other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: 7:30 AM - 4 PM and when organizationally needed Telework: Not Authorized 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.