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In-service & Infection Control Prevention Coordinator- 100%- Marshfield
Location:WC Annex NW MSFLD
FT/PT:Full-time 40 hrs/week - WRS Eligible
Deadline to apply:06/29/2022
Hiring Range:$68,785.60 - $78,603.20 / annually
Job Responsibilities:
In an effort to keep all staff and residents safe, and per CMS requirements and Wood County Policy, all newly hired employees of Norwood Health Center are required to have received the last dose of an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccination before beginning employment within the facility.

Wood County Norwood Health Center has a great passion for helping the members of our community. As an employer, we strive to provide a work environment where diversity and differing opinions are valued, creativity is encouraged, continuous learning and improvement are fostered, teamwork and open/honest communication are encouraged, and meeting customer needs through quality services is a shared goal across all departments. If you have a background in mental health and a passion to help the members of our community, please consider joining our team! 

In addition to who we are, Wood County team members are offered competitive salaries, flexible schedules, and excellent benefits, including:
*Health Insurance - we offer low premiums and low deductibles, with excellent coverage!
*Dental Insurance
*Vision Insurance
*Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) - This is one of the best-funded public pension plans in the U.S.!
*457 deferred compensation plan
*Vacation and Sick Time - Start accruing for both on your first day!
*10 Paid Holidays
*Flexible Spending Account to set aside pre-tax dollars for childcare and medical expenses
*Life Insurance
*Short and Long-Term Disability
*Wellness Incentive Plan
*Public Student Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program

The purpose of this position is to coordinate the in-service program and the infection prevention and control program. The In-Service Coordinator plans, develops, publicizes, and coordinates education, training, and professional development opportunities for staff. They are responsible for the quality of resident/patient care as it relates to the investigation, control, and prevention of infections through surveillance, tracking, and trending. The Infection Preventionist will work with all departments in the facility, in recognition of the fact that an effective infection prevention program necessitates the cooperation of the entire staff. The work is performed under the supervision of the Director of Nursing. This is a professional position that holds a current license as a registered nurse (RN). The core hours are Monday-Friday, with every third weekend scheduled on the floor based on the facility needs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
1. Performs surveillance to identify individual infections in residents/patients to identify clusters of infections in a timely matter.

2. Tracks and trends infections within the facility and reports specific infections/clusters to appropriate agencies, as required by state and local regulations, and institutes infection control measures. 

3. Identifies infection control issues through audits and observations and makes recommendations for corrective actions. Identifies trends to successfully train and educate staff with the most accurate and updated information available. 

4. Monitors infection prevention and control practices and employee compliance.
5. Develops and revises infection prevention and control policies and procedures at least annually and as indicated by regulatory changes. 

6. Conducts outbreak investigations and initiates control measures. 

7. Maintains line lists for both residents/patients and staff regarding symptoms, infections, and call-ins. Follows up with staff call-ins for illnesses.
8. Maintains and follows up on antibiotic stewardship program. Provides education to staff and clinicians on antibiotic stewardship. Maintains tracking logs.
9. Monitors nursing documentation and charting to ensure residents/patients presenting with side effects are appropriately monitored and/or treated. Chairs Infection Control Committee. Meets with and provides monthly reports to the committee regarding infection percentage rates and infection activity.

10. Provides orientation for all newly hired nursing personnel to successfully orient them to the facility.  Continually assesses all in-service and training needs. Ensures compliance with state and federal regulations for staff in-service training.

11. Identifies in-service and training needs of staff including certified nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses, and registered nurses.  Consults with facility department heads, supervisors, and general staff regarding in-service and training opportunities and needs.

12. Plans, supervises, publicizes, and participates in in-service training, education, and staff development programs. Utilize Relias learning platform to facilitate trainings. 

13. Maintains training records concerning in-service programs provided, in partnership with Program Assistant. 

14. Evaluates monthly periodicals, textbooks, and community resource personnel for training purposes. Researches and identifies best practices related to infection control and appropriately implements related procedures and practices.

15. Participates in continuing education.  Attends workshops, seminars, and conferences.

16. Consults with other nursing home/psychiatric hospital and health care professionals regarding infection control and staff training.

17. Responsible to know and practice the Safety policies of the County.  Perform all job tasks in a safe and prescribed manner.

Additional Tasks and Responsibilities
1. Provides information regarding hepatitis B and offers injections to staff that have not been protected. Administers vaccinations.

2. Organizes and implements annual influenza immunization and TB testing for residents/patients and staff. 

3. Oversees respiratory protection program and coordinates fit testing in conjunction with Wood County’s Safety and Risk Specialist. 

4. Assists with COVID-19 testing and immunization for staff and residents/patients. 

5. Actively participates in quality assurance committee meetings.

6. Assists registered nurses with laboratory or difficult procedures.

7. Other related work as required. Other duties as assigned. 


Job Qualifications:
Associate degree in Nursing, Bachelor’s degree preferred, three to five years registered nursing experience preferably in a long term care facility or hospital, or any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities. Preferential to have experience/background in infection control practices.
Wisconsin registered nursing license required.  

Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification required and must be maintained during employment with Wood County. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 20-hr training course required by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), within three months of hire.
Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) online course and Certification in Infection Prevention and Control (CIC) certification test, within one year of hire.