REPORT TO: Head of the department
RESPONSIBLE FOR: All the surveillance, data analysis, and reporting of nosocomial infection in the
Hospital. Education of all employees on infection control.
LIAISES WITH: Staff Nurses
Heads of the Department
Infection Control Department
Patients and Families
The Infection Control Nurse is trained in hospital epidemiology principles and is responsible for the surveillance, analysis, and reporting of nosocomial infections; educating employees about infection control; and the development of health system policies and procedures to insure rigorous infection control standards that meet JCIA (Joint Commission International)Standards and Center for Disease Control requirements
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Apply epidemiologic principles and statistical methods, including risk stratification, to identify target population, analyze trends and risk factors, and design and evaluate prevention and control strategies.
Conduct on-going surveillance using Center of Disease Control (CDC) infection criteria, documentation, and investigation of nosocomial infections through review of admission diagnoses, microbiology culture results, isolation orders, patient records, consultation requests, post-discharge surveillance, and autopsy findings.
Assess environmental control through surveillance of water supply systems as needed, air pressure relationships for high risk environmental monitoring.
Conduct environmental rounds in all inpatient and outpatient care areas. Collect data on the incidence of selected device use in identified intensive care units.
Participate in investigations of unusual hospital infection outbreaks utilizing the microbiology laboratory, consultation with Infectious Disease Division, county/state public health departments, and when necessary in consultation with the Center for Disease Control. Report epidemiologically significant findings to appropriate customers.
Evaluate the effectiveness of the surveillance plan and modifies as necessary.
Report all in-house patients with communicable disease to the county and/or state health department and maintain appropriate records. Compile and interpret surveillance reports to Infection Control committee, specialty areas, and executive medical committee on a regular basis.
Collect data in support of epidemiological studies of specific problems or problem areas to determine the source of the problem and make appropriate recommendations. Performance Improvement:
Participate in quality/performance improvement activities by assessing, monitoring, and measuring nosocomial infections and evaluating outcomes on a continuous basis.
Select indicators based on the projected use of the data. Plan and participate in the budget process.
Assist in the organization of regularly scheduled Hospital Infection Control meetings and dissemination of recommendations hospital-wide.
Plan, organize, develop and implement educational programs for all hospital employees including administrative and ancillary services which convey specialized knowledge and skills to increase employee awareness of existence of nosocomial infections; techniques for avoidance and preventive measures to provide a safe environment for hospital employees and patients.
Develop appropriate informational materials at appropriate level of understanding and need.
Serve as a knowledgeable and available resource on infection control practices and policies to patients, families, staff, and health system employees.
Participate in continuing educational activities at the department, state, and national levels to promote personal growth and maintain a current knowledge base commensurate with latest research and scholarly knowledge.
Maintain compliance with national standards and regulating bodies such as JCAHO, CDC.
Develop and update isolation techniques and procedures in accordance with current standards of practice, rules and regulations. Participate in maintaining policies and procedures which provide for a program of preventive medicine for hospital personnel to include establishment of policies and procedures relating to exposure to infectious diseases and prevention of cross-contamination. Recommend and evaluate procedures or policy statements relating to infection control within NMCRH-KC maintain an updated reference manual on infectious diseases and hospital infection control as recommended by the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Hospitals. Maintain a knowledge base of current infection prevention and control information through peer networking. Internet access, published literature and professional meetings.
Participates as a member of the code black team as per hospital policy
Ensures that all relevant paperwork and supporting documentation are completed to the highest standards
Demonstrates deep knowledge and participates in fire safety, patient safety, infection control, waste management and the other necessary precautions as per hospital policy.
Assists in the development of unit Policies and Procedures, which involve patient care issues
Actively participates in the Prevention And Control Of Infections hospital committee meetings
Demonstrates strict adherence to all hospital policies and procedures
Carries out any other duties as instructed by the Nursing Administrator / Medical Director / PCI committee/ PCI coordinator.
To develop, monitor and support implementation of the hospital OSHMS in line with HAAD Health Sector OSHMS policies and standards (and other policies and standards as applicable) and entity requirements.
Support to develop objectives and monitor achievement of objectives and compliance with HAAD Health Sector OSHMS requirements across all departments.
To report and provide guidance to the entity OSH Committee, the Prevention and Control of Infection and the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Committee in developing programs and policies for implementing and monitoring applicable OSHMS and Infection Control and Patient Safety standards.
To conduct or participate in incident and outbreak investigations as applicable.
Comply with all OSH (Occupational health and safety) and infection control policies, standards and procedures and cooperate with hospital management to comply those requirements
Work accordance with the documented OSH procedures and instructions, specific responsibilities
Be familiar with emergency and evacuation procedures
Notifying OSH Hazards, incidents, Near misses and issues and assistance with the preparation of risk assessments, incident reports
Comply with Waste management procedures and policies
Attend applicable OSH/Infection control training programs, mock drills and awareness programs
Use of appropriate personal protective equipment and safety systems
Qualifications * QUALIFICATION, LICENSURE, EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, SPECIAL SKILLS:
Graduate of accredited school on nursing.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing preferred.
Three years of experience as a Registered Nurse. Prefer at least one year of experience or additional course work or certification in infection control.
Current license in country of origin with HAAD (Health Authority Abu Dhabi) license as a RN (Registered Nurse) in the Emirates of Abu Dhabi.
Preferably with a National Certification in Infection Control or its equivalent.
Must display a neat, clean, professional appearance.
Must understand importance of and maintain confidentiality of patient information.
Exhibit an attitude, which promotes harmony and goodwill among patients, caregivers, and co-workers.
Must communicates clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing.
Must communicate in a timely manner.
Must be able to listens effectively to patient, caregivers, co-workers, and supervisor.
Must participate in weekly and monthly on call schedule.