Infection Control/Employee Health Nurse - Willcox
Northern Cochise Community Hospital Position Description
JOB TITLE: Infection Control/ Employee Health/Nursing Informatics Manager
REPORTS TO: Chief Nursing Officer/Chief Clinical Officer
Oversees Infection Control, Employee Health and Nursing Informatics functions for NCCH, which includes Critical Access Hospital and Rural Health Clinics. Assists in the promotion and application of infection control measures to prevent and/or control infections among patients, and employees. Develops and implements programs to promote employee’s health and safety on the job, and meet regulatory and legal requirements for the maintenance of employee health records.
Reasonable Accommodations / Job Performance:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function and the physical demands satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This job description outlines those functions, responsibilities and success factors upon which the incumbent’s performance may be evaluated.
Develops and implements infection control plans for NCCH organization, which includes Critical Access Hospital and Rural Health Clinics.
Develops and implements plans for lowering nosocomial infection rates in hospital and in collaboration with the appropriate Department Manager, accomplishing the following:
- Informs/advises appropriate Department Manager of updates, suggestions and findings, as well as other managers as applicable.
- Monitors infection rates and initiates interventions through Charge Nurse, or other Managers as applicable.
- Establish Quality Team indicators and analysis of data related to Infection Control.
- Initiate performance activities related to Infection Control.
- Monitors all Isolation protocols, staff education, and staff compliance.
- Conducts and assesses Infection Control Consults on all admissions.
- Conducts staff education regarding infection control practices in collaboration with department supervisors.
- Monitors all cultures and sensitivities that are conducted on all patients and reviews charts as needed for appropriate standards of care and treatments.
- Assists providers with management of infectious and other diseases.
- Provides education to infectious patients/families and the community.
- Conducts and presents as chair of Infection Control Committee.
- Maintains infectious disease management records.
- Coordinates and reports on environmental rounds once a month.
- Prepares/submits required reports regarding infection control for regulatory and governmental agencies, including Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Cochise County, & State of Arizona.
- In collaboration with the Facilities Manager, participates in Emergency Preparedness programs, trainings and protocols for NCCH.
Performs employee health functions, and maintains records.
- Performs review of immunization records for all of new hire employees and refers for additional immunizations and/or titers per Employee Health standing orders.
- Evaluates respiratory fit screening questionnaires to determine need of medical evaluation prior to respiratory fit testing.
- Conducts Tuberculosis skin tests, immunizations, and injury assessments.
- Develops and implements employee health programs.
Develops departmental goals and objectives, and quality initiatives.
- Establishes and implements departmental policies and procedures for employee health.
- Participates in quality improvement initiatives and monitoring.
- Submits and presents monthly reports to the Quality Director as requested.
Develops and implements plans for monitoring and promoting employee health
- Conducts staff education regarding employee health disease prevention and health promotion.
- Sends notices of relative health information which may impact employee population for increased awareness.
Works in collaboration with community relations to promote and develop community outreach health promotion activities including, but not limited to, flu shot clinics.
Acts as Clinical Systems and Applications Expert for nursing charting:
- Identifies and implements improvement opportunities with workflow processes and clinical information systems as it relates to the practice of clinicians and providers.
- Provides end-user support to nursing staff, using critical thinking and troubleshooting skills.
- Communicates to nursing end users, system changes with/or new functionality, workflow process changes, downtime procedures, etc.
- Identifies opportunities for system enhancements/optimization utilizing identified change management process.
- Checks functionality of clinical applications and acts as a bridge between clinical end users and information technology.
- Designs, builds, implements and evaluates clinical application data structures, such as HMS templates, that support patients and nursing.
- Problem solves workflow issues with modules and investigates barriers for staff regarding HMS clinical documentation systems for Nursing
- Works closely with the Director of Nursing, Director of PFS/HIM and Director of Information Systems to improve efficiency and solve problems.
- Constructs front-end and back-end builds within HMS to meet the needs of staff-specific documentation in coordination with the Director of Information Systems, Director of PFS/HIM and Director of Nursing. Confirms all measures are met.
- Investigates and resolves technical concerns from nursing staff as needed.
- Coordinates SQL reports from HMS clinical libraries.
- Works with the Director of PFS/HIM to check coding and to confirm that other charted information by clinicians are correctly feeding into patient billing and medical records applications.
Performs Clinical Informatics functions and training:
- Assists physicians and managers with functionality of electronic Medical records, and trains and assists physicians in the use of the electronic clinical applications for chart completion.
- Leads training efforts of nurses and providers in the use of the clinical system and tools to support patient care.
- Identifies education and competency needs in the use of electronic tools for patient care.
- Assures the development of an appropriate education and competency validation plan
- Provides on-going end-user clinical system education and support to managers, with all upgrades, new releases and enhanced functionality.
- Coordinates and supports a robust super-user program.
- Analyzes forms and checks for compliance in relation to clinical documentation in the HMS system.
- Developments and implements the HMS/Informatics programs for nursing clinical documentation systems.
- Acts as a liaison between management and clinical providers to confirm clinical informatics data is being entered and captured appropriately.
Assists with Meaningful Use:
- Collaborates with the Director of Nursing, Director of Information Systems and Director of PFS/HIM to research Meaningful Use applications for attestation.
- Conducts program research, documents requirements, and program development timeline tools.
- Develops Meaningful Use workflow adoption, reporting, and achievement of MU measures within established timelines.
- Collaborates with clinical operations, nursing, IT and quality management to achieve operational goals necessary for Meaningful Use compliance.
- Collaborates with clinical departments and IT department to ensure current and future stages of Meaningful Use are built appropriately into the system for end user utilization.
- Ensures reports are built appropriately to capture required data for attestation.
- Maintains project documentation, attends team meetings, and provides issue resolution.
Enhances professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, current literature, Inservice meetings and workshops.
Presents employee health activities at infection control committee meetings.
Maintains employee health records,
Attends committee meetings as requested or assigned
Other duties as assigned or requested.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) preferred. Minimum five years’ experience as registered nurse.
Minimum three years Acute Care experience as registered nurse preferred, with previous experience in Infection control preferred. Previous experience in employee health and/or occupational health a benefit. Previous experience in clinical informatics and working in HMS preferred.
- Current, unrestricted Arizona Registered Nurse license required.
- Certified in Infection Control-CIC, or works under supervision of Infection Control Physician until completion of courses from Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) to become certified in Infection Control-CIC within one year of hire.
- Certified Occupational Health Nurse preferred.
KNOWLEDGE/ SKILLS/ ABILITIES
- General Nursing Standards of Practice and Arizona Nurse Practice Act.
- Basic knowledge of insurance carriers and other third-party vendors in the state of Arizona and how such medical coverage policies may be utilized to provide reimbursement for patient care provided.
- Detailed knowledge of immunization schedules, and basic infection control practices.
- Skills in administering purified protein derivatives (PPD) and immunizations. Basic computer knowledge necessary.
- Ability to prioritize and organize multiple tasks and records, and manage data.
- Basic Microsoft Word, power point, and excel computer competence necessary.
- Ability to prioritize and organize multiple tasks and manage data.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.
- Must possess strong clinical decision-making skills and knowledge of EPB guidelines.
- Ability to maintain high level of confidentiality and thorough understanding of HIPAA.
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 20850