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Infection Control & Employee Health Specialist

Kenaitze Indian Tribe Kenai, AK

  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description: Infection Control & Employee Health SpecialistDept./Program: Primary Care Division: Health SystemsReports To: Primary Care DirectorEmployment Status: Full TimeFLSA Status: Exempt AdministrativeSchedule: ExemptPreference: TERO Ordinance 2017-01, P.L. 93-638Job SummaryThe Infection Control & Employee Health Specialist possesses knowledge of clinical epidemiology principles and is responsible for facilitating compliance of the Dena'ina Wellness Center (DWC)-wide Infection Control & Employee Health Program which includes surveillance, analysis, and reporting of healthcare acquired infections; educating employees about infection control; and the development of health system policies and procedures to insure rigorous infection control standards that meet AAAHC, OSHA, Public Health Department, and Center for Disease Control requirements. In collaboration with the Health System Director, Clinical/Medical Directors, Health System Administrators, the Infection Control & Employee Health Specialist supports and acts as a resource to Health Systems staff and services. The position would act as a consultant to other Kenaitze Indian Tribe (KIT) divisions and programs in establishing protocols or disseminating educational materials utilizing the Dene' Philosophy of Care.Essential FunctionsDevelops, recommends, and implements effectual policies and procedures surrounding infection control and employee health for individual departments within the Dena'ina Wellness Center (DWC) to ensure compliance with AAAHC, OSHA, CDC, CMS and other county, state, and federal regulatory agencies. Consult with department directors/administrators for effectual policy and procedure development surrounding clinical care.Conduct regular review and research of best practices and translate, develop or update policies and procedures and staff training as needed.Ensuring a safe and effective system for the maintenance of a sanitary environment for patients and staff.Act as the primary contact for DWC with regulatory agencies and other organizations on issues related to Infection Control and Employee Health compliance and emergency preparedness relating to infectious disease outbreaks.Direct and assist in preparing reports and statistical data for local or state agencies; including but not limited to reporting, filing and follow-up.Assist departments to resolve infection control and employee health issues in accordance with the Infection Control Employee Health Manual. Participates in DWC workgroups and meetings, collaborating with facility leadership, managers, and other DWC/KIT staff responsible for patient care, security, safety, and facility services.Direct, consult, manage and evaluate the Infection Control Program as outlined by the Infection Control and Employee Health Program Manual for all Health Systems departments located within Dena'ina Wellness Center.Maintain employee health records and confidential medical records appropriately per facility policy.Maintain the Sharps Injury Log and bloodborne pathogen post-exposure monitoring and care management of staff.Initiate lab requisitions at required intervals for follow-up assessment of exposure incidents.Monitor, evaluate and report compliance within facility with established infection control and patient safety best practices. Develop improvements to infection control and patient safety practices based on new information, technology in light of clinic services capacity and equipment being used.Annually perform a review and update of related policies and procedures in accordance with best practice guidelines and update staff on changes.Receive, log, and report reportable infectious diseases to public health as required by State of Alaska Statutes.Facilitate communication between DWC administration, State of Alaska and public health officials with infectious disease care management as required by State of Alaska Statutes.Prepares related reports and statistical data for workgroup review and meetings.May provide consultant services on infection control and employee health topics to other departments outside of Health Systems as needed.Direct, manage and evaluate the Employee Health Program as outlined by the Infection Control and Employee Health Program Manual for all Health Systems employees and departments located within Dena'ina Wellness Center. In partnership with the Training and Development Specialist, ensure implementation of training to employees as required on OSHA blood borne pathogens, fit testing for N-95 respirators, and other applicable and department specific trainings as identified.Establish and maintain an Employee Health database with employee health records for all Dena'ina Wellness Center employees as outlined in the Infection Control Employee Health Manual.In partnership with Human Resources, manage employee immunizations to include Flu Immunizations and annual TB Screening through coordination with primary care department for Dena'ina Wellness Center employees.Initiate lab orders as needed to assure that all employees' records are complete with required medical history of previous communicable diseases, immunizations, and laboratory titers as needed for compliance with the Exposure Control Plan.Provide direct assistance to primary care staff with evaluation and treatment plan for employees and patients exposed or become ill due to communicable disease.Functions independently as an advanced specialist with responsibilities for performing a variety of complex professional tasks and through advising others. Consults with other specialists in region and coordinates related activities. Advises DWC leadership regarding policies in specialty. Independently establishes criteria, formulates approaches and evaluate efforts. Maintains contacts with other outside agencies such as local, state, and governmental support to coordinate activities and seek support. Resolves critical problems and directs related activities with multiple departments. Communicates often complex information to a variety of staff and outside contacts.It is the intent of this job description to highlight the essential functions of the position; however, it is not an all-inclusive list. The incumbent may be called upon and required to follow or perform other duties and tasks requested by his/her supervisor, consistent with the purpose of the position, department and/or the Kenaitze Indian Tribe's objectives.Working Conditions Lifting Requirements Light work Exerting up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg control requires exertion of forces greater than that of sedentary work and if the worker sits most of the time, the job is considered light work. Physical Requirements Stand or Sit (Stationary position) Walk (Move, Traverse) Use hands/fingers to handle or feel (Operate, Activate, Use, Prepare, Inspect, Place, Detect, Position) Climb (stairs/ladders) or balance (Ascend/Descend, Work atop, Traverse) Stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl (Position self (to), Move) Talk/hear (Communicate, Detect, Converse with, Discern, Convey, Express oneself, Exchange information) See (Detect, Determine, Perceive, Identify, Recognize, Judge, Observe, Inspect, Estimate, Assess) Taste/Smell (Detect, Distinguish, Determine) Repetitive Motion Hazards and Atmospheric Conditions Noise Biohazard OSHA Categories Category II Normal routine involves no exposure to blood, body fluid or tissue, but exposure or potential for exposure may occur Equipment and Tools List Equipment used for job: multiple databases, computer-based systems to develop reports, lists. Telephone, fax, and various clinical equipment as needed. Travel Local In-State Comments: Travel may be required for meetings and training. Qualifications EducationBachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited school is required. ExperienceThree (3) years clinical experience in a clinic or hospital setting or disease surveillance experience in public health setting.Experience with infection control and employee health practice preferred. License/CertificationRN license or eligibility for licensure in the state of Alaska requiredBLS certificationInfection Control or Occupational Health training with certificate is preferredValid Alaska Driver License and must remain insurable under the Kenaitze Indian Tribe's policy Essential SkillsStrong organizational, analytic and interpersonal skills.Computer proficiency required using Microsoft Windows and MS office products.Computer skills, research and basic statistical skills is preferred.Pro-actively and consistently applies regulatory and accreditation standards to assure that activities are reviewed and performance improvement processes are implemented within guidelines.Ability to process complex information while working independently.Reports audit or clinical findings to appropriate staff to ensure appropriate outcome and/or follow-up for improvement as indicated.Ability to interpret best practice and regulatory standards into clinical application and make recommendations for implementation.Ability to maintain knowledge and adherence to State of Alaska regulations for reportable diseases.Ability to maintain knowledge of infectious diseases and their corresponding post-exposure interventions.Ability to maintain knowledge of current principles and practices for infection control standards for various ambulatory care departments.Ability to maintain knowledge of current regulations and standards for quality assurance in an ambulatory care setting. PreferredKnowledge and experience working with cultural diversities.Job Posted by ApplicantPro

Kenaitze Indian Tribe


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