The Infection Prevention and Control Nurse is a professional registered nurse who is accountable for the multiple facets of the VAPSHCS Infection Program. The nurse utilizes effective prevention and control activities that are specific to the practice setting, the population served and the continuum of care. Duties include but are not limited to: Integrates surveillance findings into the organization's plan for improvement of practice and patient outcomes. Review, analyzes and applies existing regulations, standards and/or guidelines of applicable professional organizations and government agencies. Recommends new or revised practices or procedures based on currently accepted, evidence based infection prevention and control strategies. Reviews, analyzes and applies pertinent information from current scientific literature and publications. Integrates relevant public health issues into practice. Identifies populations who are at high risk for infection, utilizing the principles of human growth and development to assess patient's requirements relative to age-specific needs Applies epidemiological principles and statistical methods, including risk stratification, to identify target populations, analyze trends and risk factors and design and evaluate prevention and control strategies. Conducts investigations by using epidemiological principles. Uses appropriate statistical techniques to describe data, calculate rates and critically evaluate significance of findings. Uses a systematic approach to surveillance to monitor the effectiveness of prevention and control strategies that are consistent with the organizations goals and objectives. Develops a surveillance plan based on the populations served, services provided and previous surveillance data if available. Ensures surveillance design is consistent with selected internal and external comparative data bases. Selects indicators based on the projected use of the data. Uses standardized definitions for the identification and classification of events, indicators or outcomes. Analyzes surveillance data utilizing internal and external benchmarks. Reports epidemiological significant findings to the appropriate customer. Periodically evaluates the effectiveness of the surveillance plan and modifies as necessary. Systematically evaluates the quality and effectiveness of the infection control program appropriate to the practice setting. Develops and annually reviews a program plan with measurable objectives. Determines appropriate resources needed to accomplish the proposed plan. Communicates any resource variance to administration and modifies program plan if needed. Periodically evaluates the effectiveness of the infection control program. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 7:30am - 4:00pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required EDRP: Not Authorized PCS: Not Authorized Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: Not Authorized Virtual: This is Not a Virtual position Pay: Competitive salary, regular salary increases. Paid Time Off: Annual leave at the rate of eight (8) hours per biweekly pay period; Sick leave at the rate of four (4) hours per biweekly pay period; 11 paid Federal holidays per year. Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years' vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA. Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement). Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory.
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