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Prestige Healthcare Infection Control (RN) in Newberry, South Carolina

Are you passionate about Infection Control? Are you looking for a rewarding growth opportunity while being part of a cohesive team? J.F. Hawkins has an exciting opportunity for an Infection Control Preventionist (RN). This role will oversee our QAPI program.

Not certified? That’s okay! We will pay for your infection preventionist certification. We have a very supportive regional clinical team to ensure you are successful in your professional development.

While you are working hard to care for our residents and positively impact their quality of life, let us take care of you with competitive wages, a generous $2,500 sign-on bonus (limited time opportunity), benefit package for you and your family, paid vacation and sick time, a cash advance program (interest-free) in addition to opportunities to grow your career by enhancing your clinical skills and offering tuition assistance.

J.F. Hawkins, conveniently located just outside Columbia, is in the heart of Newberry, SC, voted one of the top 50 charming towns in the United States, according to the Travel Channel. Known as the “Town of Friendly Folks,” you will find that at J.F. Hawkins, we exhibit the town’s motto in our everyday duties. We pride ourselves in being the only continuing care retirement community, as well as, housing the only secured memory care unit in the county.

In the midst of COVID-19, safety is of utmost importance which is why we are offering on-site or virtual interviews, depending on your comfort level.

Thank you for considering a career with us.

We can't wait to meet you!:

Summary:

Serves as the coordinator of an Infection Prevention and Control Program. Coordinates and provides total nursing care for residents and provides supervision and guidance to clinical staff members in relation to Infection Prevention and Control Program. Scope of work may be modified by state specific rules under the Nurse Practice Act.

Qualifications:

Education:

  • Graduate of accredited School of Nursing.

Licenses/Certification:

  • Valid license in the state employed.

  • Valid CPR certification.

Experience:

  • Two years of nursing experience preferred with training in Infection Control

Essential Functions:

  • Collecting, analyzing, and providing infection data and trends to nursing staff and health care practitioners

  • Consulting on infection risk assessment, prevention, and control strategies

  • Providing education and training; and implementing evidence-based infection control practices, including those mandated by regulatory and licensing agencies, and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Oversees essential elements of a surveillance system which include:

  • Use of standardized definitions and listings of the symptoms of infections, use of surveillance tools such as infection surveys and data collection templates.

  • Walking rounds throughout the facility, identification of resident populations at risk for infection, identification of the processes or outcomes selected for surveillance, statistical analysis of data that can uncover an outbreak.

  • Feedback of results to the primary caregivers so that they can assess the residents for signs of infection.

  • Ensures the facility’s infection control reports describe the types of infections and are used to identify trends and patterns.

  • Provides the facility with summaries of:

  • Observations of staff practices

  • The investigation of the causes of an infection and

  • Identification of underlying cause(s) of infection trends.

  • Defines how often and by what means surveillance data will be collected.

  • Monitors practices to ensure consistent implementation of established infection prevention and control policies and procedures based on current standards of practice.

  • Share surveillance reports with appropriate individuals including, but not limited to, the director of nursing and medical director.

  • Because of increases in MDROs, review the use of antibiotics (including comparing prescribed antibiotics with available susceptibility reports) is a vital aspect of the infection prevention and control program.

  • Monitors implementation of standard precautions that constitutes the primary strategy for preventing healthcare-associated transmission of infectious agents among residents and healthcare personnel.

  • Implements transmission-based precautions for residents who are known to be, or suspected of being infected or colonized with infectious agents, including pathogens that require additional control measures to prevent transmission.

  • Plans for containing outbreaks usually include efforts to prevent further transmission of the infection while considering the needs of all residents and staff.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Skilled in directing and motivating the workforce.

  • Ability to work cooperatively as a member of a team.

  • Ability to communicate effectively with residents and their family members, and at all levels of the organization.

  • Ability to react decisively and quickly in emergency situations.

  • Knowledge of training techniques for clinical staff.

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.

Disclaimer: This description is designed to indicate the general nature and level of work for this position. It is not intended to describe minor duties or other responsibilities that may be periodically assigned.

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