The Infection Control Nurse Manager is responsible for the twenty four hour organization, coordination, implementation and evaluation of infection control practice at VA Northport. Provides leadership and clinical assistance that promotes care consistent with infection control standards, policies and procedures in place at VA Northport. Responsible and accountable for planning, directing and coordinating infection control activities throughout the organization. participates in committees as indicated and makes recommendations regarding standards, policies, procedures equipment and educational needs. Interacts with employees and disciplines to assure adherence to appropriate infection control practices. The Nurse Manager provides support to the assigned areas by supporting the VA's mission and performance improvement initiatives. The Nurse Manager executes delegated responsibilities, demonstrating leadership and creativity, for the purpose of providing quality patient care and exceptional customer service. The Nurse Manager reports to the Associate Director of Patient Care Services. It is the ADPCS or designee, who has direct control over work assignments and leave approval. The Nurse Manager is expected to work independently within their scope of practice, according to policies, training and accepted VA practice. Northport VAMC embraces patient and family centered care principles, with care of the Veteran the priority. The Nurse Manager meets the needs of both the internal and external customers while supporting the mission of Northport VAMC by consistently communicating and treating customers (Veterans, their representatives, visitors and alt VA staff) in a courteous, tactful and respectful manner. In addition, the incumbent provides the customer with consistent information according to established policies and procedures and handles conflict and problems constructively and appropriately. Demonstrates infection control practices for disease prevention, i.e., hand washing, standard precautions, and isolation procedures, including TB requirement/precautions. Demonstrates adherence to infection control standards including the safe use and operation of equipment. No eating or drinking or the storage of such containers, applying cosmetics, or inserting contact lenses in patient care areas, including nurses' stations. Basic Life Support (BIS) is required for RNs in direct patient care positions per policy; the supervisor may also direct BLS certification for other positions. Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) is required in specific specialty areas and assignments including Float Pool RN's per policy. Incumbent will be self directed in completing orientation and on-going mandatory education. Will actively participate in competency assessment and validation. Specialty assignments may require a scope of practice for procedures beyond basic education. This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. Mechanical inpatient lifts are provided. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations, operative/invasive procedures, or home settings. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment. The incumbent who provides care in home settings or other off-site locations may be required to drive and/or ride in GSA-vehicles. This position requires flexibility in schedule and assignments, as this is a 24/7 hospital. Some positions require rotation of tours or indefinite work on non-administrative tours as established by the immediate supervisor. Not all duties may be listed, so other duties may be assigned. ds under their ECF plan. Nonsupervisory RNs will be rated under the Proficiency Rating system. Work Schedule: M-F Day Tour. Weekends, Evenings and/ or Nights may be required. 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.