Infection Control Nurse
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services - Austin, TX

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Performs advanced professional nursing work within the scope of practice attributed to the skills of a registered nurse. Works under limited supervision with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. The Infection Control Nurse works under supervision of the Chief Nursing Executive and serves as the Infection Control Coordinator for the entire facility. This position plans, develops, coordinates, and evaluates infection control activities and independently makes changes and recommendations for improvements. This position must lead the State Supported Living Center system-wide in the development and implementation of an infection control program (including employee health) operations, policies and procedures, ensuring infection prevention is implemented and maintained regarding health issues and practices. This position must be able to educate all levels of staff and have current knowledge base to explain this critical health care program. This individual must be able to independently develop training and educational programs for all levels of staff understanding. The position must be able to evaluate the effectiveness of the infection control program through the analysis of statistical data and performance evaluation reports. This position must be able to lead groups and independently leading an effective/productive committee to continually address infection control issues. Works in cooperation with the local and state health department as well as ensure federal issues are adhered.

Essential Job Functions:
1. Participates in developing, writing and implementing program operations, policies and procedures pertaining to Infection Control issues. Evaluates the effectiveness of the Infection Control program. 2. Reviews literature and research findings to keep abreast of current infectious diseases and infection prevention, nursing care standards, state and federal laws (ICF/IID rules and regulations), and infection control prevention and control standards and serves as the resource person for infection control issues. 3. Ensures that Standard Precautions are being implemented and used when necessary. Is notified when an infection is identified, assesses the situation, implements isolation precautions or other preventative measures to prevent the spread of disease, monitors and follows up to ensure that infection control procedures are implemented and individual treatment plans are implemented/modified as needed. 4. Will interpret Infection control situations and communicate them effectively in writing and orally. Collects at least weekly reports detailing all infections on campus, antibiotic use, culture report results, and reports findings, trends, and interventions to the Infection Control committee. Chairs and documents results of at least monthly Infection Control Committee meetings. 5. Works independently and productively with all levels of staff and departments. 6. Ability to train and counsel all levels of staff about routine infection control issues as well as blood borne pathogen exposures, suggestions to address identified risk factors, and coordinates specialized outbreak exposure investigations. 7. Coordinates/performs utilization reviews, analyzes trends, then makes decisions and recommendations to Campus Leaders. 8. Performs routine Infection Control observations in all departments and on all shifts. Conducts infection control surveillance rounds and utilizes the results to identify areas of risk that can be addressed proactively to prevent new or existing illnesses. Identifies, compiles, reviews, trends and analyzes data for trends, and implements procedures and training to prevent or halt progression of infectious diseases. 9. Complies and coordinates, according to evidence based practice guidelines, the implementation of immunizations in the facility to both individuals and staff. 10. Will work closely with the CNE, Primary Care Providers, Pharmacy, Nurse Managers, Nurse Educator, CTD, Health Department and CDC if/when applicable. 11. Attends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned. Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency’s obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.

Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Experience in nursing work. Must demonstrate considerable knowledge of nursing techniques and procedures; of health care laws and regulations; of medical diagnoses and procedures; of accepted medical treatment patterns; of community health and nursing care principles, practices, and procedures; of program regulations and procedures; and of utilization review and control measures. Knowledge of infectious diseases and infection prevention and control principals and practices in the healthcare setting. Knowledge of standards and Infection Prevention Control standards related to infection control and utilization management. Ability to interpret regulations and communicate them effectiely both orally and in writing. Knowledge of state and federal laws and Intermediate Care Facility-Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF-IID) rules, regulations, policy and procedures related to State Supported Living Centers. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Knowledge and application in computer/software. Ability to work independently and productively with all levels of staff. Ability to train all levels of staff. Ability to make decisions and recommendations to campus leaders. Ability to provide patient care; to prepare and maintain records; to explain public health law; to organize, coordinate, and evaluate nursing activities and delivery of public health services; to interpret policies and procedures; to interpret health care regulations; to recognize patterns of medical necessity treatment; and to plan, assign, and/or supervise the work of others. Must be able to appropriately interact with individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and staff members. Knowledge of nursing care standards. Ability to interpret regulations and communicate them effectively both orally and in writing. Knowledge of state and federal laws and Intermediate Care Facility for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF-IID) rules, regulations, policy and procedures related to State Supported Living Center. Must maintain current CPR certification.

Registration or Licensure Requirements:
1. Graduation from a college or university accredited by the Texas State Board of Nurse Examiners with a Bachelor's or a Master's Degree, preferably in nursing 2. AND licensed as a Registered Nurse in the State of Texas or a state that recognizes reciprocity through the Nurse Licensure Compact 3. PLUS minimum of three (3) years of experience as a practicing registered nurse in a recognized health agency, hospital, or health-care facility 4. Preferred certification in Infection Control (CIC) issued by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc.

Initial Selection Criteria:
1. Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree, preferably in Nursing 2. Licensed by Texas Board of Nursing as a Registered Nurse or a state that recognizes reciprocity through the Nurse Licensure Compact 3. Documentation of Infection Control Experience 4. Combined Years of Nursing Experience Greater Than 3 Years 5. Documentation of Computer Skill

Additional Information:
Salary Note: The salary offered will follow HHS starting salary guidelines which are typically made at or near the minimum of the salary range. All applicants must pass: pre-employment drug screen, fingerprint criminal background check, and Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Employee Misconduct Registry and Nurse/Aide Registry checks. Males between the ages of 18 – 25 must be registered with the Selective Service. All State Supported Living Center employees are subject to Random drug testing. Flexibility in work hours may be required for this position. The position may be required to work overtime and/or extended hours. This position does participate in the weekend on-call rotation. Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency’s obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview. Req ID 231874

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