The Infection Control Coordinator has the day-to-day responsibility of planning, organizing, managing and evaluating the hospital-wide Infection Control Program for Renown Regional Medical Center. The incumbent is responsible for assuring that Renown Regional Medical Center is in compliance with hospital infection prevention and control-related State and Federal regulations, Joint Commission Standards, and Renown Regional Medical Center Infection Control Policies and Procedures.
Nature and Scope:
This position assures that the RRMC system defines and implements processes and best practice to reduce/eliminate hospital acquired infection, comply with regulatory expectations, and provide a method of surveillance and reporting of infection rates and information.
This position coordinates and assists in development, implementation and maintenance of Infection Control policies and procedures that are designed to meet the changing needs of the health care environment. It also functions as a resource to hospital and medical staff regarding interpretation of Infection Control and Occupational Health policies as they relate to infectious disease.
The incumbent directs the collection of surveillance data. This position analyzes the data and provides statistical reports for the hospital departments, medical staff and Infection Control committee. This position conducts epidemiological studies as needed to investigate unusual occurrences of infection.
This position collaborates with Washoe County and other public health officials in the reporting of communicable diseases as well as follow up with exposures.
This position monitors compliance with Infection Control polices and regulatory requirements and feeds back results of the monitoring to department managers for corrective action.
This position is responsible for clinical orientation and annual updates to Infection Control principles.
This position regularly collaborates with Quality Consultants, Emergency Management, Occupational Health Services and Risk Management on issues related to infection control.
This position has the authority to enforce Infection Control policies when hazards exist such as isolation of patients and ordering appropriate cultures as needed. Financial decisions on approval of expenses resulting from an emergency outbreak of infection are routed thru the Director of Infection Control.
The incumbent is responsible for keeping informed of current concepts in Infection Control practice as well as new and innovative programs through reading and participating in professional organizations.
This position does not provide patient care.
The foregoing description is not intended and should not be construed to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills and efforts or work conditions associated with the job. It is intended to be an accurate reflection of the general nature and level of the job.
Minimum Qualifications: Requirements - Required and/or Preferred
Must have working-level knowledge of English language, including reading, writing and speaking English. A bachelor’s degree in nursing required, master’s degree preferred.
Minimum three (3) years of nursing experience, including infection control experience.
Ability to obtain and maintain a State of Nevada Registered Nurse license.
The ability to obtain and maintain Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CBIC) within one year of employment.
Computer / Typing:
Must be proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, including Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel and Word and have the ability to use the computer to complete online learning requirements for job-specific competencies, access online forms and policies, complete online benefits enrollment, etc.