HCA, Hospital Corporation of America Registered Nurse (RN) Infection Preventionist in Blacksburg, Virginia

LewisGale Hospital Montgomery (LGHM) is located in the beautiful mountainous region of Virginia. Montgomery is located in the backyard of the Virginia Tech University campus. LGHM is a HCA (Hospital Corporation of America) hospital and are considered a 146-bed acute care facility. Most importantly, we hold a distinction for being a Magnet Facility and are recognized by the Joint Commission as a Top Performer . Consider being a part of making a difference in our community by joining our facility!

SPECIFIC ELEMENTS AND ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS 1. In conjunction with the Quality and Risk Management Department Program, coordinates the Infection Control and Employee Health Programs.

  1. Develops, implements, and maintains a reporting system for hospital associated infections, communicable diseases, public reporting data, and other reportable infections, including quality data collection and analysis. Ensures timely compliance for public reporting of hospital associated infections, communicable diseases, and regulatory data requirements.

  2. Develops and evaluates the effectiveness of the annual Infection Control Plan and modifies as necessary.

  3. Applies epidemiologic principles and statistical methods to identify target population, analyze trends and risk factors, and design and evaluation of prevention and control strategies.

  4. Conduct on-going surveillance using the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) infection criteria, document and investigate healthcare associated infections through review of admission diagnosis, microbiology culture results, isolation orders, patient records, consultation requests, post-discharge surveillance, and reports from physicians/staff/other healthcare facilities. Maintains communication with hospital staff regarding detection and surveillance of possible hazardous situations.

  5. Conduct environmental rounds on inpatient and outpatient care areas.

  6. Provides observation of hand hygiene and other practices related to infection prevention and control and gives feedback for improvement.

  7. Investigate outbreaks of infection with particular reference to their source and mode of spread and report to relevant departments, employees and public health department as applicable.

  8. Serves as a knowledgeable and available resource person on infection control practices and policies to patients, families, staff, students and volunteers. Establishes and implements in-service and continuing educational programs concerning infection control & prevention procedures and processes.

    1. Develops, reviews and implements evidence-based organizational infection control & prevention policies/standards that meet state, federal, regulatory and accrediting agencies standards; collaborates with the Employee Health Department on the development and maintenance of policies relating to infection control & prevention.

    2. Collaborates with all department directors in developing, implementing, and updating the infection control standards for their departments.

    3. Leads quality/performance improvement activities by assessing, monitoring, and measuring nosocomial infections and evaluating outcomes on a continuous basis.

    4. Works collaboratively with the Employee Health Nurse/New Injury Coordinator to coordinate and monitor the immunization program and provide a safe environment for employees and patients.

    5. Reports/participates at least quarterly to Quality Improvement Council, Patient Safety and associated task force committees, Environment of Care, Infection Control and other committees as assigned.

    6. Participates in continuing educational activities at the department, state, and national levels to promote personal growth and maintain a current knowledge base with the latest research, scholarly knowledge and regulatory standards.

    7. Partners with Pharmacy Leadership in the coordination of antimicrobial stewardship program promoting the appropriate use of antimicrobials, improvement of patient outcomes, reduction in microbial resistance and decrease in the spread of infections caused by multi-drug resistance organisms.

    8. Collaborates with employee occupational health in the development of strategies that address the risk of disease transmission to health care providers and ancillary staff including staff education, development/review and compliance with policies/procedures relating to employee health, precautions, personal protective equipment, OSHA regulations, and exposure control plans.

    9. Consults on post exposure protocols and activities related to communicable diseases.

    10. Coordinates with internal stakeholders to reduce the frequency and severity of job related injuries and illnesses and promote a safe and secure work environment by participation and active leadership in attainment of the goals set in the annual Employee Safety and Security Incentive Program.

    11. Serves in a leadership role in emergency preparedness and response activities as it related to infection prevention and control by active participation in drills and exercises and maintenance of infection prevention and control procedures for emergency preparedness and supporting information resources.

    12. Performs and manages an outbreak investigation to include planning and coordinating control measures, conducting problem resolution and formulating follow-up based on the outbreak management plan working collaboratively with appropriate internal and external resources.

    13. Other duties as assigned.

    EXPERIENCE Required – Two years critical care AND 2 years hospital Infection Prevention experience; must possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Computer skills in a Windows operating environment. NHSN knowledge and experience. Preferred - Infection Control management experience; data analysis and spreadsheet skills (Excel, etc) in a Windows operating environment.

    LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION Required – Current Virginia License by State Board of Nursing as a Registered Professional Nurse. Certification in Infection Control within one year of hire.
    Preferred – Professional Organization Membership

    EDUCATION Required - Bachelor’s degree in nursing. Registered Nurse. Master’s Degree preferred. Preferred - Graduate degree; completion of a basic Infection Control course offered through a teaching hospital (minimum 40 hours) or the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc.

Job: *Directors & Managers

Title: Registered Nurse (RN) Infection Preventionist

Location: Virginia-Blacksburg-LewisGale Hospital-Montgomery

Requisition ID: 00033-17792