Infection Preventionist

Nursing San Francisco, CA


Description

Position at Sequoia Living

SUMMARY:

The Infection Preventionist is responsible for coordinating the implementation of our established infection prevention and control policies and practices. The Infection Preventionist will collect, analyze and provide infection data and trends to nursing staff and health care practitioners; consult on infection risk assessment and prevention control strategies; provide education and training; and implement evidenced-based infection prevention and control practices.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

• Plans, organizes, develops, coordinates, and directs the Infection Prevention Program and its activities in accordance with Federal and State laws and regulations. Acts as Community Infection Preventionist. This includes, but is not limited to: o Evaluating methods and procedures used in infection control o Maintaining current infection control policies and procedures o Monitoring the cleanliness, disinfection, and storage of equipment, medications, and environmental cleanliness

o Monitoring staff and ensuring compliance with infection control standards o Reviewing diagnosed and suspected infections o Reviewing infection surveillance reports o Maintaining monthly infection control line lists

o Calculating nosocomial rates and noting any trends in the infections o Summarizing reports and trends - developing plan for infection management within each level of care as needed

• Participates in the Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) function by collecting and analyzing data, establishing new procedures to ensure correction of recognized care issues and reporting at QAPI meetings.

• Participates in the annual review and revision of the infection control and prevention policy and procedures.

• Assists the Human Resources Representative with employee health requirements.

• Performs related work as assigned, including Charge Nurse duties as needed.

• Conducts quarterly infection control meeting or more frequently.

• Provides hands-on training to Health Services staff while working with residents. Provides 1:1 education and audits.

• Plans, organizes, and coordinates antibiotic stewardship program.

• Monitors and tracks vaccinations.

• Collaborates with all interdisciplinary departments in providing infection control best practices.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

Knowledge of nursing and Health Services theory and practice. Knowledge of training techniques in the Health Services field.

Strong written and verbal English communication skills. Organizational and analytical skills to plan and complete work assignments with minimal supervision and within established deadlines. Demonstrated training facilitation and public speaking abilities. Sound judgment in order to make assessments regarding nursing and medical conditions. Proficient with Microsoft Office suite of products and the ability to quickly learn various job related software programs, including but not limited to online training, Electronic Health Records and risk management incident reporting.

Ability to multi-task and create trainings with an understanding of the principles of adult learning. Proven ability to understand and manage a computerized in-service training program. Ability to assess the need for new trainings and changes in protocol and policy. Ability to maintain necessary records. Ability to be flexible to meet the requirements of the position, thorough knowledge of Title 22, OBRA, OSHA, and Prop 65. Ability to work collaboratively with staff of all levels. Ability to train and provide hands on training and guidance to staff. Ability to accurately input data into computer with minimal errors. Ability to act with patience, tact and courtesy in dealing with residents, their families and staff under demanding and difficult conditions. Sensitivity and understanding of issues related to aging and cultural diversity.

Physical skills and ability to perform work that requires continual standing, walking, stooping, bending and lifting up to 50 pounds.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Current California nursing license, Basic Life Support certification and qualified to practice in the state of California as a RN and provide required medication training. Infection Preventionist Training Certificate preferred. Minimum of two (2) years consecutive experience in field of nursing immediately prior to application and minimum of one (1) year of experience as a licensed nurse in providing direct nursing care to aged persons, preferably in an acute or long-term care settings.

Sequoia Living is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Sequoia Living will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we may consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.