Infection Control Specialist in Anoka, MN at Volunteers of America

Date Posted: 2/19/2021

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Job Description

Infection Control Specialist 

$8,000.00 Sign on incentive! 

The primary purpose of the Infection Control Specialist is to evaluate the quality of patient care and patient outcomes as they relate to health care associated (HAI) infections; facilitates the implementation and maintenance of the QAA/QAPI process and provides on-going performance improvement and improved outcomes collects prepares and analyzes HAI infection and surveillance data; presents infection data and makes recommendations for actions.  The Infection Preventionist also monitors employee compliance in use of PPE and use of transmission precautions barriers and infection prevention measures; prepares and presents educational offerings for the staff and serves as a resource to all departments and personnel.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Performs on-going monitoring of health care associated infections.
  • Assesses infection prevention and control problems and makes recommendations for corrective action.
  • Prepares agenda for the Infection prevention and control Committee.
  • Monitors infection prevention and control practices and employee compliance.
  • Serves as a resource for all departments and personnel.
  • Initiates and revises infection prevention and control policies and procedures.
  • Conducts outbreak investigation and initiates control measures.
  • Analyzes health care associated infection prevention and control data to establish trends.
  • Reports communicable disease to the state as required by law.
  • Provides educational offerings for orientation and on-going in-services.
  • Consults with department managers and physicians as needed to improve care.
  • Initiates follow-up on employee/patient exposures to communicable diseases.
  • Participates in quality improvement activities and attends quality assurance meetings per facility protocol.
  • Provides a quarterly summary of resident and staff infections for QA meeting.
  • Participates in short and long range planning for the infection prevention and control department.
  • Performs tracking for employee and resident immunizations.
  • Initiates and coordinates annual flu shots for residents and staff.
  • Ensure the environment and work areas are maintained in a safe and sanitary manner.
  • Perform unit rounds to identify infection prevention and control issues and educational needs.
  • Maintain the Antibiotic Stewardship Program and track Duration of Treatment along with standard metrics for Infection Prevention and Control.
  • Must be a member of and attend the QAPI meeting.

Work where you feel at home.

The warm and caring atmosphere of our communities is created by nurses, environmental specialists, certified nursing assistants and other team members who love to help older adults feel healthy and at home.

At Volunteers of America, we’re also dedicated to creating thoughtful, caring and flexible work environments for our team members. When you begin a career with us, expect the support you need to succeed in your role, respect for your individuality and beliefs, and opportunities for personal and professional development.

When you join our team of exceptional professionals, we’ll trust you to do your best each day, and to show compassion and caring for our residents and your fellow team members. In return, you’ll be rewarded with a generous array of industry-leading benefits and workplace considerations.

Special Features

  • Top benefit packages
  • Growth and advancement opportunities
  • Flexible schedules
  • Pay in lieu of benefits options
  • Career scholarships
  • Quality training, continuing career education and leadership programs
  • Employee discount program

Job Requirements

  1. Education: Current licensure in the state of employment as a RN and current licensure. 
  1. Experience: Previous long-term care experience or infection prevention and control background. 
  2.  Must obtain an Infection Control Certificate within the first 3 months. 

EOE M/F/Vets/Disabled