St. Joseph Health RN - Infection Prevention Practitioner - Performance Improvement in Santa Rosa, California

We are looking for a Staff Nurse Infection Prevention Practitioner at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital!

Location: Santa Rosa, CA

Schedule: Full-time, 80 bi-weekly hours

Shift: 8-hour, Day

Job Summary:

The Infection Prevention Practitioners, through a team approach, manage the area-wide Infection Prevention Program. This position provides consultation and support to all facility operations with professional accountability in the following functions: surveillance, epidemiological studies, outbreak control, data management and reporting, education, monitoring, consultation, and performance improvement. The position assures compliance with infection control regulations and standards developed by CDPH, JCAHO, OSHA, and

CMS.

Responsibilities:

  • ICPs collaboratively administer the infection control program on assigned campuses throughout Sonoma County using an integrated approach to achieve improvement of infection control and health care outcomes in a cost-effective manner.

  • Management of critical data and information through:

  • Surveillance for endemic hospital acquired infection rates Outbreak detection and control

  • Special projects and studies utilizing epidemiological principles and statistical techniques

  • Identification and monitoring of antibiotic resistant organisms

  • Documentation and reporting

  • Benchmarking with internal, local and national data

  • Collaboration to achieve and maintain accreditation readiness and compliance with regulatory agencies in all infection control standards including, JCAHO, CDPH, CMS, and OSHA.

  • Development of integrated, area-wide policies and procedures related to infection control, which are practical, scientifically valid, evidence based, resulting in improved outcomes for patients, staff, and visitors.

  • Education, training, and leadership Planning and development of educational offerings for individuals and groups of various sizes, purposes, and educational levels. Continual monitoring and training on patient care practices.

  • Consultation and collaboration in infection prevention measures:

  • Provided to management ream, hospital and clinic staff, physicians, patients, visitors,

  • Medical Access, Home Care, Hospice, Behavioral Health, and outside agencies.

  • Acts as a liaison to the general public

  • Serves as Infection Control resource on Medication and Nutrition Team, Pharmacy and

  • Therapeutics Committee and its subcommittees (e.g., Antibiotic Stewardship Team),

  • Safety Committee, and the Product Evaluation Committee, for respective campuses.

  • Participates as needed in county-wide meetings related to infection control and/or Emergency Preparedness.

  • Liaison to Public Health Department for reporting of communicable diseases.

  • Provides expertise to Employee Health for communicable disease exposures and Employee Health policies and procedures.

  • Performs follow up on exposures to physicians and pre hospital care workers.

  • Oversight of all construction projects to ensure that infection prevention precautions are maintained.

Minimum Position Qualifications:

Education : Bachelor’s degree in Nursing or appropriately related health care field.

Experience: Minimum five years experience in acute care hospital/ clinical setting

Training: Attends basic course in Infection Control within first year if needed

License / Certification: Current California Licensure as a Registered Nurse or Microbiology Technologist

Preferred Position Qualifications:

  • Certification in Infection Control (CIC)

  • Experience in infection control, public health, microbiology, and teaching.

The people of St. Joseph Health have worked for 53 years to improve health and quality of life in California's North Bay region, starting in Sonoma County, where the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange opened the doors of Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital in 1950. Today, we continue the mission begun by the Sisters and continued through the St. Joseph Health Ministry of extending the healing ministry of Jesus to those we serve through an integrated spectrum of primary, urgent, acute, outpatient, palliative care and regional referral services. Sonoma County entities aligned with St. Joseph Health include the 278-bed Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, the region's only Level II trauma center, as well as the 80-bed Petaluma Valley Hospital. Our services also encompass three Urgent Care centers, Hospice of Petaluma, Memorial Hospice and North County Hospice, the Annadel Medical Group, as well as the St. Joseph Home Care Network. We act as a regional referral hub for outlying hospitals, while also providing outpatient behavioral health care, education to promote health and prevent chronic disease, rehabilitation, oral health care, community benefit programs, and more, all fostering health and quality of life throughout the area.St. Joseph Health provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, St. Joseph Health complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training..Positions specified as “on call/per diem” refers to employment consisting of shifts scheduled on as “as needed basis” to fill in for staff vacancies.

Company: Sonoma County Entities