The Registered Nurse (Infection Prevention Coordinator) is a subject matter expert in the epidemiology and natural history of infectious processes and pathogens, recognition of clusters and risk factors for infection, and methods for breaking the chain of infection. The ICP works collaboratively with all levels of healthcare professional to implement the Infection Control program at CAVHCS. Duties include but not limited to: Designs, implements, and evaluates patient-specific and population-based programs of care. Influences care outcomes by providing expert consultation and guidance to nursing staff within the field of Infection Prevention and Control by implementing improvements in health care delivery systems. Assesses plans, implements, and evaluates the total health care of a specialized patient population in a clinical specialty area. Responsible and accountable for all elements of the nursing process when providing and/or supervising direct patient care. Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates care based on age -specific components. Assumes responsibility and is accountable for providing assistance in various aspects of the Infection Control and Prevention program at CAVHCS. Maintaining appropriate documentation of staff education, knowledge of administrative manuals and policies, nursing policies and procedures. Providing continuing education activities for staff related to HIV; maintaining a complete and accurate data base of HIV patients including stage of disease; responsibility for necessary reporting to VHA and Public Health Department; coordinating outpatient care for HIV infected patients to include but not limited to outpatient visits both at CAVHCS and coordination with other VAMC's if needed, outpatient medications, and other services; providing counseling for HIV infected patients, caregivers and staff when indicated Monitors procedures and/or standards of care to ensure compliance; and work closely with community-based service organizations to help provide services and support for patients. Participating in the development of policies and procedures related to the delivery of care, monitoring activities, guidelines and directives from VHA, as it relates to the CAVHCS Infection Control and Prevention program implementation and making needed suggestions for changes in policies, procedures and/or standards of care to ensure compliance. Other duties as assigned. Preferred Experience: 1-3 years in Acute Care or Infection Prevention experience. MSN Preferred. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 599898600
About Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.