Job Openings >> Director of Infection Control, Quality Assurance & Staff Development
Director of Infection Control, Quality Assurance & Staff Development
Summary
Title:Director of Infection Control, Quality Assurance & Staff Development
ID:1280
Department:Nursing
Salary Range:65-72k
Description

KEY OBJECTIVE: Under the general supervision of the Administrator, this position is responsible for the planning and overseeing of a comprehensive infection control and quality assurance program to ensure compliance with state and federally mandated nursing and resident quality of care standards in a long-term care setting. This individual will perform a variety of compliance functions, including those related to staff development, in-service training, quality assurance, resident review and infection control.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The essential functions listed below are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification. They are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

  • Develops implements a system for preventing, identifying, reporting, investigating, and controlling infections and communicable diseases for all residents, staff, volunteers, visitors, and other individuals providing services under a contractual arrangement based upon the facility assessment, including following accepted national standards;
  • Collaborate with facility leadership and medical director to develop written standards, policies and procedures, which include, but are not limited to:
    • A system of surveillance designed to identify possible communicable diseases or infections before they can spread to other persons in the facility;
    • When and to whom possible incidents of communicable disease or infections should be reported;
    • Standard and transmission based precautions to be followed to prevent spread of infections;
    • When and how isolation should be used for a resident; including but not limited to;
      • Type and duration of the isolation
      • A requirement that the isolation should be the least restrictive possible for the resident under the circumstances
        • The circumstances under which the facility must prohibit employees with a communicable disease or infected skin lesions from direct contact with residents or their food, if direct contact will transmit the disease; and
        • The hand hygiene procedures to be followed by staff involved in direct resident contact.
        • A system for recording incidents identified under the facility’s infection prevention and control program (IPCP) and the corrective actions taken by the facility.
        • Personnel must handle, store, process, and transport linens so as to prevent the spread of infection.
  • Collaborate with the facility leadership and the medical director and others to develop, implement, and evaluate the annual infection prevention goals and action plan.
    • Partner with facility leaders, physicians, and local, state, and national agencies on activities related to infection prevention
    • Establish a facility-wide system for the prevention, identification, investigation, and control of infections of residents, staff, and visitors, including surveillance designed to identify possible communicable diseases or infections before they spread
    • Conduct outbreak investigations
      • Maintain a system for reporting possible incidents of communicable diseases to local, state, or national agencies as required
  • Oversee the Antibiotic Stewardship program and monitor residents’ antibiotic use
    • Assess the need for, develop, and present in-service education for individual departments, general orientation, and annual review as needed; education includes but is not limited to:
      • Hand hygiene
      • Cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization
      • Specific direct and indirect care settings
      • Therapeutic and diagnostic procedures and devices
      • Use of isolation/barrier precautions when indicated
      • Resident placement, transfer, and discharge
      • Environmental hazards
      • Use of patient care products and medical equipment
      • Resident immunization programs
      • Educates and enforces policies prohibiting staff with communicable diseases or infected skin lesions from direct contact with residents and their food, and enforce hand hygiene policies consistent with accepted standards of practices
      • Serve as a member of the quality assessment and assurance committee
      • Maintain current knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations and ensure that the facility leaders are informed of appropriate issues; understand and comply with infection control, safety, and OSHA procedures and regulations minimum qualifications Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities; as well as any required licenses or certifications.
  • Develops and implements outcomes-based monitoring system.
  • Represents the facility as the Infection Preventionist who facilitates with monitoring, tracking and reporting on the onset and spread of infection.
  • Coordinates and supervises the annual Mantoux and Influenza immunizations for staff and residents.
  • Coordinates, develops and/or monitors the effects of emergency preparedness plans, COVID-19 monitoring, infection control monitoring, root-cause analysis and corrective action plans for QAPI’s.
  • Reports all infection control data as required to the appropriate governing agencies and/or departments.
  • Conducts Quality Improvement audits continuously.
  • Coordinates, develops, and monitors the effects of corrective action plans for QAPI’s.
  • Prepares and coordinates required in-services for staff and various other topics as appropriate.
  • Acts as secondary QAPI Liaison to Quality Assurance Board of Trustee Committee next to the Administrator.
  • Assists with providing consultation regarding specific facility safety issues and is a member of the Safety Committee.
  • Assists with response to Quality complaints from residents, families, physicians, and other outside vendors.

 

QUALIFICATIONS, EDUCATION/SKILLS & WORK EXPERIENCE:

  • Active Registered Nurse/Licensed Practical Nurse licensure from State of Ohio;
  • Completion of specialized training in infection prevention and control.
  • Preferred experience in Quality Assurance, Quality Improvement environment;
  • Working knowledge federal and state regulations;

MISELLANEOUS DUTIES:

This job description does not list all the duties of the job. The person performing this position may be asked by their supervisor to perform other duties related to this position.

 

Powered by ApplicantStack