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    INFECTION CONTROL - RN
    POSITION SUMMARY:

    The Infection Control RN is a qualified individual with knowledge of CDC guidelines and definitions of healthcare associated infections, JCAHO standards, federal and state regulations. This employee evaluates quality of patient care and patient outcomes as they relate to healthcare-associated infections.

    POSITION QUALIFICATIONS:

    1. Holds a current state license as a registered nurse.
    2. Completion of an approved basic training program for infection prevention, or as soon as possible after hire if not already done.
    3. Certification in infection prevention is desired. Any employee in this position that does not have certification upon hire is required by California law to obtain certification within one year of hire.
    4. Ability to develop policies and procedures.
    5. Ability to create a lesson plan, teach, and evaluate clinical performance.
    6. Completion of annual education in infection prevention topics is required.

    POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:

    General Competencies:

    1. Professional behavior is demonstrated, both when on duty and as a representative of MMHD outside of normal work hours.
    2. Ability to work with others, at all levels within the organization, and collaborate effectively.
    3. Above-average interpersonal, problem-solving, and written and oral communication skills.
    4. A positive working relationship with patients, visitors, and facility staff is demonstrated.
    5. Organizational ability and time management is demonstrated.
    6. Produces deliverable products on time, within budget with minimal direction.
    7. Demonstrates the ability to compile and organize data using Microsoft Office Applications. Ability to make appropriate recommendations or conclusions, given the data obtained.
    8. Maintains an organized set of records, upon request, for the functions that are performed within the scope of this job.
    9. Communicates appropriately and clearly to directors, managers, and coworkers.
    10. Performs all assigned tasks accurately, to include proper spelling and grammar, reference materials, and minimal mathematical calculation.
    11. Takes direction from others to include those employees of other departments with which he/she works on a temporary basis in accordance with the chain of command.
    12. Maintains all information as confidential as appropriate, to include payroll, material produced for union negotiations, personnel information, and other information obtained during the course of performing job duties that is confidential.
    13. Demonstrates ability to effectively use office machines in the performance of job functions.
    14. Answers phone calls, assists public, and forwards appropriately if necessary and in a professional and friendly manner.
    15. Other duties as assigned.

    Specific Competencies:

    1. Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of complete infection control process in the healthcare setting.
    2. Demonstrates knowledge of risk stratified statistics as applicable to trending healthcare associated infections.
    3. Demonstrates understanding of standard and isolation precautions as set forth by the CDC.
    4. Attends continuing education programs and maintains current knowledge of all aspects of infection control.
    5. Demonstrates knowledge of microbiology and modes of transmission of infectious disease.
    6. Demonstrates ability to teach principles and practical application of infection control to all levels of healthcare personnel.
    7. Develops and implements a system for identifying, investigating, reporting, and preventing the spread of healthcare associated infections (HAIs) among patients of all ages and personnel.
    8. Reviews cultures and sensitivities reported by microbiology laboratory of patients and personnel to determine if infection is healthcare associated in origin.
    9. Confers with medical and nursing staff on a regular basis to determine occurrence of healthcare associated infections (HAIs).
    10. Confers with medical and nursing staff to determine appropriate implementation of isolation precautions.
    11. Investigates infections, especially those occurring above established thresholds.
    12. Initiates culture and sensitivity and or appropriate isolation precautions when indicated.
    13. Performs all aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/healthcare errors.
    14. Has input in the employee health program and assists with follow up for accidental exposure incidents.
    15. Assists with in service education related to infection prevention and control facility wide.
    16. Completes required data reporting to NHSN in a timely manner.
    17. Maintains accurate records of healthcare associated infections (HAIs) among patients and personnel.
    18. Assists in the development, implementation and improvement of infection control practices.
    19. Monitors proper use of germicides, cleaning products, antiseptics, and disinfectants throughout the facility.
    20. Monitors methods of asepsis, sterilization, and disinfection employed throughout the facility.
    21. Reviews and/or revises all department policies and procedures related to infection control on a concurrent basis.
    22. Communicates infection control activities to administration, performance improvement, medical staff, and infection control committee.
    23. Prepare statistics and other pertinent data and reports to the infection control committee and performance improvement at least quarterly.
    24. Implements and conducts special studies when appropriate or requested by the infection control committee chairperson.
    25. Collaborates with the infection control committee to review and approve the infection control manual policies and procedures.
    26. Based on studies which identify areas for improved patient outcomes, submits targeted surveillance indicators for infection control committee approval on an annual basis.
    27. Stays abreast of changing infection control practices and presents plan for compliance in a timely manner.
    28. Assesses infection control problems and makes recommendations for corrective action.
    29. Acts as a mentor, role model, and resource for co-workers.
    30. Works to ensure safety and performance measures are met according to Joint Commission, State of California, and Mayers Memorial Hospital District.
    31. Communicates clearly with staff, management, and providers to direct processes. Consults with department heads and physicians as needed to improve care.
    32. Participates in short and long range planning for the infection control department.

    Professional Requirements:

    1. Adheres to dress code; appearance is neat and professional.
    2. Completes annual education requirements if applicable.
    3. Maintains regulatory requirements.
    4. Wears identification while on duty.
    5. Attends annual evaluation and participates actively in this process.
    6. Reports to work on time and as scheduled; completes work in designated time.
    7. Attends all meetings as appropriate.
    8. Exhibits the mission, ethics and goals of Mayers Memorial Hospital District in the performance of job duties.

    WORKING CONDITIONS:

    1. Willingness to work beyond normal working hours and in other positions temporarily when necessary.
    2. Is involved with personnel, visitors and government agencies, etc., when necessary.
    3. Must function independently, have personal integrity, have flexibility and the ability to work effectively with other personnel, clients and support agencies.

    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

    1. Sits, stands, bends, lifts, walks and moves intermittently during working hours.
    2. Able to lift 20 lbs.

    Additional Information
    Shift : Day

    Contact Information
    Mayers Memorial Hospital District
    43563 Highway 299 East; PO Box 459
    Fall River Mills, Ca 96028
    Phone: 530-336-5511

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    In 1949 a Chamber of Commerce hospital committee was formed and began taking the first steps toward a visionary project -Ward Memorial Hospital. The Chamber's "Hospital Committee" compiled the costs of building a new hospital to present to taxpayers -the first hospital bond issue was defeated in 1950. If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. After one private hospital discontinued practice due to inadequate facilities, leaving only one that could handle just 23 patients, the need for a county hospital was again fronted to the citizens in 1953. With the support of local doctors, civic groups and women's clubs, a bond election was called in March of 1954. In June of 1954 the voters voted six-to-one in favor of a county hospital.