Infection Preventionist Nurse RN or LPN
Make Lives Better Including Your Own.
The happiness of those we serve is dependent on the happiness of our associates, so you’ll receive competitive compensation and a benefits package with additional perks designed to make you smile. The work you do will be challenging yet rewarding. But you’ll earn more than a paycheck; you can enjoy opportunities to grow your career, as well as ongoing programs catered to your health, financial, mental, and emotional needs. Most of all, we believe you can find purpose, meaning, and the chance to be a part of something bigger than yourself.
Veterans, transitioning active duty military personnel, and military spouses are encouraged to apply.
Provides residents with nursing services and administers medications and treatments in accordance with physicians' orders, within state licensure regulations and consistent with facility nursing standards. Monitors and manages the quality measures and indicators of the community. Plans, develops, directs and evaluates Educational and Clinical Training programs in accordance with current Federal, State and Local Regulation for SNF staff. Plans, organizes, budgets, coordinates, evaluates and develops policies for facility’s risk management systems in accordance with current federal, state, and local standard, guidelines, and regulations to protect residents, staff and facility from loss. See Infection Prevention Addendum for additional job duties.
- Monitors residents within state licensure regulations; may supervise and direct resident assistants where allowed by state licensure regulations. Assists in maintaining a physical, social and psychological environment in the best interest of residents.
- Assists with discharge process relevant to medication/treatment orders.
- Oversees the Infection Control Program of the facility and devises infection control reports for submission to Director, Clinical Services and Quality Assurance Committee. Ensures adherence to OSHA regulations and infection control standards.
- Plans and organizes quality control programs and activities. Maintains library of quality control and assessment materials necessary for complying with current standards and regulations and maintaining quality resident care.
- Directs and coordinates all in-service educational programs of the facility in accordance with current Federal, State and Local Regulations. Develops, maintains and directs orientation programs for nursing personnel. Conducts regular or special in-services for staff to ensure they remain current on new procedures.
- Develops, maintains and secures records, reports and instructional manuals, reference materials, pertinent to in-service programs. Uses facility consultants and others for special in-services. Oversees the Infection Control Program of the facility and devises infection control reports for submission to Director, Clinical Services and Quality Assurance Committee. Ensures adherence to OSHA regulations and infection control standards.
- Monitors the community Quality Indicators and survey reports and provides the Director, Clinical Services recommendations for Success Planning to include conducting and scheduling in-service training classes that provide instruction of clinical skills and required education topics.
- Assists in developing and implementing plans of correction for cited deficiencies. Ensures such plans incorporate timetables and methods of monitoring to prevent such deficiencies from reoccurring
- Ensures all personnel attend and participate in annual in-service training programs relative to hazard communication. Provides leadership in formulating the goals and objectives of the in-service programs of the Department. Assists the staff in setting educational goals. Meets with supervisors on a regular basis to solicit advice concerning training needs and assists in identifying and correcting problem areas and/or the improvement of services.
- Gathers and analyzes resident outcomes through tracking and trending to identify root cause and determines appropriate interventions.
- Plans, implements, evaluates, and directs the facility’s Infection Prevention and Control Program.
- Applies scientific principles and methods in conducting surveillance, using approved definitions of infection and standard methodologies for case identification, data collection, and reporting.
- Plans and conducts educational programs based on prevention, trends, and outcomes.
- Prepares reports and presentations for Quality Assurance Performance Improvement Committee, which should include Antibiotic Stewardship activities.
- Investigates and reports outbreaks of infection and implements infection prevention interventions. Provides recommendations and reports to management, as necessary/required, concerning quality control programs and processes. Makes recommendations to facility management to reduce the frequency and severity of medical malpractice and resident/staff injury claims. Reports all accidents and incidents to appropriate agencies and facility management within established time frames.
- Monitors infection control/PPE and testing supplies.
- Completes other duties as assigned.
This job description represents an overview of the responsibilities for the above referenced position. It is not intended to represent a comprehensive list of responsibilities. An associate should perform all duties as assigned by his/ her supervisor.
Education and Experience
Education as required to obtain state nursing license (LPN/LVN). One (1) year of full-time nursing experience as a licensed nurse providing direct patient care to the aged/chronically ill in a long term care facility and one (1) year of experience planning, implementing and evaluating educational programs in the nursing field.
Previous supervisory experience preferred.
Certifications, Licenses, and other Special Requirements
Valid license to practice as an LPN/LVN. Basic CPR/first aid training. Fire safety training. Must possess a current Health Care Risk Manager license in FL or meet state specific licensure requirements.
Applies existing guidelines and procedures to make varied decisions within a department. Uses sound judgment and experience to solve moderately complex problems based on precedent, example, reasonableness or a combination of these.
Knowledge and Skills
Possesses extensive knowledge of a distinct skill or function and a thorough understanding of the organization and work environment. Has working knowledge of a functional discipline. Proficient with computer use and software applications. Possesses knowledge of medication interactions. Possesses knowledge of OSHA regulations and infection control standards. Excellent planning, time management, communication, decision-making, presentation, organization, and interpersonal skills. Ability to lead, direct, and coordinate in-service training, continuing education, and orientation programs for the entire skilled nursing staff. Ability to adjust to new and changing environments, priorities and/ideas. Promotes and maintains positive relationships and rapport with co-workers, residents, family members, and facility personnel. Projects a positive and professional image at all times.
Physical Demands and Working Conditions
- Use hands and fingers to handle or feel
- Reach with hands and arms
- Stoop, kneel, crouch crawl
- Talk or hear
- Taste or smell
- Ability to lift: up to 50 pounds
- Requires interaction with co-workers, residents or vendors
- Occasional weekend, evening or night work if needed to ensure shift coverage
- On-Call on an as needed basis
- Possible exposure to communicable diseases and infections
- Potential injury from transferring, repositioning, or lifting residents
- Exposure to latex
- Possible exposure to blood-borne pathogens
- Possible exposure to various drugs, chemical, infectious, or biological hazards
- Subject to injury from falls, burns, odors, or cuts from equipment
- Requires Travel: Occasionally
Brookdale is an equal opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace.