Purpose of the job is to provide surveillance, reporting, prevention and control of infectious diseases and infections, to promote employee resistance and minimize exposure to infectious diseases. Ensures that appropriate safeguards are instituted to identify and prevent infections in patients, employees, and visitors.
Registered nurse with a current Alaska State license.
Bachelors of Science in Nursing or higher degree preferred.
Successful completion of a course in Infection Control and Certification through the Board of Infection control is recommended.
Must have knowledge or job experience in the areas of epidemiological principles and infectious diseases, as well as sterilization and disinfection practices.
Must be able to conduct research, analyze and report findings for Infection Control issues.
Ability to recognize adverse signs and symptoms of potential infections or epidemics.
Ability to teach infection control and employee health measures to all BBAHC employees, and to manage a comprehensive infection control and employee health program.
Current BLS certification.
Must be able to maintain a professional standard of ethics at all times and observe confidentiality regulations established by BBAHC.
Knowledge of native culture preferred and must be willing to embrace BBAHC’s Mission—“To promote health with competence, a caring attitude, and cultural sensitivity.
Be able to travel to villages as necessary.
Must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skill necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served in his/her assigned unit. The individual must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span (e.g., pediatric/adult/geriatric) and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patient’s status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient’s requirements relative to his/her age specific needs, and to provide the care needed as described in the assigned unit’s policies and procedures.
Facilitate continuing education of hospital staff in infectious disease and prevention by providing Inservice Education to BBAHC employees on a regular basis and maintaining current record of attendance.
Participate in the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of the BBAHC Infection Control, Employee Health, and Central Sterile Supply policies.
Supervises the Employee Health Program and conducts Employee Health screenings as needed. Tracks Employee health data.
Supervises Central Sterile Supply.
Serves as an Infection Control resource for all BBAHC Departments' adherence to and compliance with recommended Infection Control guidelines and assists the Department Managers in generating and evaluating competencies related to Infection Control.
Participates in the BBAHC Safety Committee, Performance Improvement Committee and other committees as assigned.
Participates in the BBAHC Administrative Nursing Team and may be occasionally required to cover staff nursing on-call schedules.
Participates in budget formulations and may negotiate with vendors as appointed by the Director of Nursing Services.
Coordinates surveillance and investigation of Infection Control issues with necessary collaboration with Community, State, and Federal agencies, including maintaining required OSHA documentation records.
Contributes to BBAHC's compliance with OSHA, and The Joint Commission standards and requirements. Generates data reports for submission to the Performance Improvement Coordinator and Medical Staff as needed.
Interacts with patients, families, visitors, professional and non-professional health care providers within BBAHC on a professional basis and may represent the Nursing Department in community organizations.
Performs other duties as assigned.