The Infection Control RN is responsible for coordinating Virginia Mason Memorial’s Infection Control Program and developing reports and data for review in accordance with specified Performance Improvement guidelines and expectations.
Infection Control RN Essential Responsibilities:
- Coordinates and implements the Infection Control Program within Virginia Mason Memorial through utilization of current standards and policies.
- Detects, reports, and records hospital-acquired infections; serves as a resource for matters relating to Infection Control measures.
- Interprets data gathered in assessment and provides care appropriate to age-related needs.
- Assists department managers in development, review and revision of policies and procedures related to Infection Control.
- Rounds on nursing units, as needed, for the purpose of identifying isolation rooms and the appropriateness of isolation; mentors staff to make sound decisions regarding isolation; observes activities to determine the adequacy of, and compliance with, the existing Infection Control Program. Shares rounding information with appropriate contact.
- Communicates with supervisor and department managers concerning any Infection Control problems or hazards in their areas, as well as with the Infection Control Committee Chairman and other physician members; provides guidance and assistance in achieving an active, effective Infection Control Program.
- Serves as a member of hospital committees as an advisor on Infection Control; informs committee members of Infection Control activities and potential issues; assists in the management of any recommended follow-up actions.
- Assists in patient and family education when Infection Control measures are involved.
- Prepares reports regarding surveillance activity, policy/procedure review, unusual cluster or outbreak of infection, reportable conditions, and any other reports as necessary.
- Remains current with Infection Control policies and practices by attending available workshops and seminars, subscribing to appropriate magazines and literature, and maintaining membership in APIC.
Education: Associate’s degree in nursing required; BSN preferred.
Experience: Three years’ experience working with Regulatory Joint Commission required.
Additional certifications: APIC certification required within two years of hire.