The Infection Control Nurse is responsible for providing services necessary for the effective execution of the hospital-wide infection control program as outlined by the Infection Control Committee and Chairman.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Provides Infection Control in-service training as directed and acts as a resource for providers.
Performs surveillance activities and applies an epidemiological approach to problem solving as directed.
Provides formal and informal education programs to hospital personnel as necessary or when directed.
Provides patient education regarding disease transmission and prevention methods when necessary.
Participates in the evaluation of risk and risk potential related to Infection Control in the facility.
Assesses for appropriate use of Standard Precautions, blood and body fluids precautions, contact precautions, protective care precautions and airborne precautions.
Demonstrates appropriate skills and abilities, based on scope of practice, level of training by applying knowledge of growth and development, ranges of treatment, and obtaining and interpreting information regarding patient needs.
Demonstrates increasing knowledge and skills in infection control epidemiology by keeping abreast of current trends and development, and by assisting staff in preventing unnecessary complications in patient care by increasing knowledge of disease entities and resolving questions.
Graduate of an accredited School of Nursing (ADN, Diploma or BSN)
Two to four years of clinical experience required, demonstrated ability to communicate and work with persons of diverse backgrounds, and indicate an interest in and be able to participate in continued education related to hospital epidemiology.
Certification in Infection Control preferred. RN license in Missouri or Compact state
Extended mental concentration on variable projects. Work is generally sedentary with need to travel to other areas of the hospital. Some lifting and carrying may be required for objects under 20 pounds.
Frequent exposure to infectious disease and hostile persons at times. Frequent exposure to communicable disease via blood and other body fluids. Minimal physical discomfort.
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