The Infection Prevention and Control RN is accountable to the Associate Director Patient Care Services. The incumbent provides direct staff support to service line managers, service chiefs and other in planning, designing, integrating, implementing, modifying and administering the Infection Prevention and Control Program. The incumbent coordinates activities throughout the hospital to prevent and control infections. Position is located at the Leeds Campus at VA Central Western MA HCS. The Infection Prevention and Control Practitioner, as a member of the quality improvement team, applies clinical expertise and knowledge of healthcare programs. In collaboration with other experts, the Infection Prevention and Control Practitioner: Implements and maintains elements of specific Infection Control and Prevention Programs to evaluate the quality of patient care and/or the appropriateness and timeliness of services provided. Works with the Director of Performance Management and others to promote quality in clinical practice by collaborating in the development of guidelines and criteria for measuring the quality and appropriateness of patient care delivered. Analyzes data and reports information to identify the need for change in subscribed areas that may include the need to minimize risk and ensure effectiveness of clinical quality improvement. Provides support to CQI as an approach to assess and improve the quality of patient care. Applies CQI tools in data collection and identifies barriers to the achievement of quality improvement in circumscribed facility wide programs or committees, or in individual services. Advises and assists the Director of Performance Management in policy review, formulation, communication, implementation and evaluation and in setting of institutional priorities related to committees, services and/or program elements. Monitors individual services, program elements and/or committees for compliance with policy. Identifies patterns and/or trends and ensures that the identification of issues to modify and improve the program to facilitate accomplishment of Performance Management goals and objectives. Assist in medical center activities and preparations for Joint Commission and other external reviews. Monitors the follow-up to recommendations specific to utilization of risk resulting from Joint Commission and other external review visits and formulates communication through the Director of Performance Management to the Joint Commission and other external agents regarding these reviews. Develops baseline references and profiles. Identifies statistical deviations of variances which affect assigned areas and/or might merit additional study. Utilizes clinical research results as a basis for identifying clinical issues that are appropriate for study. Researches, interprets, identifies, develops, and presents elements of educational programs for healthcare professionals and supports services regarding areas supported. Establishes effective collegial relationships with other professional organizations and the larger healthcare community on a Local, State, and National basis. Acquires and maintains current knowledge relevant to the principles, practices and techniques associated with nursing, Infection Control and prevention and other clinical professions through literature and periodical review, workshop attendance, and/or the use of sound benchmarking practices. Serves as consultant on clinical issues and/or continuous improvement initiatives. Participates on teams to evaluate the quality of services provided with the facility, the network and/or other facilities as requested. Serves as coordinator of activities for the organization's Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus (MRSA), Multiple Drug Resistant Organism (MDRO) program. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Compressed/Flexible: Not Authorized Telework: Occasional telework may be authorized Virtual: This is NOT a virtual position Relocation & Travel Incentives: Not Authorized Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.
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