Nurse Educator/Infection Control- No Weekends!
The Nurse Educator/Infection Control Preventionist coordinates and administers educational services to healthcare personnel, clients/ residents, and other individuals as needed. The Nurse Educator/Infection Control Preventionist plans and coordinates Brown County Community Treatment Center’s orientation program, as well as, ensuring healthcare personnel are compliant with regulatory standards. The Nurse Educator/Infection Control Preventionist is responsible for the quality of client/resident care as it relates to the investigation, control, and prevention of infections through surveillance, tracking and trending. The Nurse Educator/Infection Control 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.
Develops, implements, and evaluates mandatory training for all inpatient employees according to the regulatory requirements and policies/procedures of Brown County Community Treatment Center. Assures satisfaction of Department of Health and Human Services training requirements for the nursing home, psychiatric hospital and crisis stabilization C.B.R.F.
Monitors and maintains C.B.R.F. employee trainings, nursing skills, delegations and certifications for compliance with D.H.S. 34 and D.H.S. 83
Facilitates crisis preventions, de-escalation, restraint and seclusion training to staff.
Maintains a continuous educational program, based on the assessed needs for the organization.
Provides staff development programs in the areas of mental health, developmental disabilities, mental retardation, gerontology, alcohol and other drug abuse, management/supervision and other related fields.
Develops, implements and evaluates orientation programs for all employees at Brown County Community Treatment Center.
Provides staff with instruction/education to correct identified areas needing skill and performance improvement.
Coordinates with the Facilities department safety/disaster training, including emergency drills and training.
Supervises the purchasing of all educational materials.
Develops annual budget for educational services; reviews budget on a monthly basis, and identifies and analyzes variances.
Participates in research projects and/or special grants, which enhance the staff development program or resident/client care.
Attends in-services, committee and administrative meetings as required and necessary to carry out responsibilities of the position.
Performs surveillance to identify infections for all clients, residents, and healthcare personnel.
Reports specific infections and outbreaks of infection to appropriate agencies, as required by state and local regulations, and institutes infection control measures.
Identifies infection control issues (e.g. those identified during environmental rounds) and makes recommendations for corrective actions.
Monitors infections prevention, control practices and employee compliance.
Develops and revises infection prevention and control policies and procedures and maintains the infection prevention and control manual for all departments.
Conducts outbreak investigation and initiates control measures.
Provides continuing education related to infection prevention and control for appropriate staff.
Provides infection prevention and control consultation to all departments as needed.
Actively participates in quality improvement programs.
Performs any other infection prevention and control duties that will improve resident/client care.
Engages in educational programs for professional development.
Organizes and implements annual influenza immunizations and TB testing for residents and staff.
Prepares monthly/quarterly statistics to track rates of infection or trends in infection.
Utilizes APIC and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) information to obtain new and current information.
Participates in the development or updating of resident care plans to ensure current needs of residents are defined and addressed specific to infection prevention and control.
Assists the DON of Hospital and Nursing Home in defining, implementing and supervising nursing practice standards specific to infection prevention.
Monitors resident vaccinations for Influenza, PPSV 23, Prevnar 13, TDAP, as well as, tuberculin testing.
Enters vaccinations into the Wisconsin Immunization Registry.
Attends meetings and in-services.
Works safely and follows safety practices and standards of the facility. Responsible for reporting or correcting any existing or potential safety or accident hazards.
Immediately reports all suspected cases of resident abuse, neglect, misappropriation or exploitation to the Administrator.
Participates in DON on-call rotation assignment per rotation to manage and guide nursing personnel after business hours.
Provide back-up and temporary fill-in coverage as the Director of Nursing for the Hospital/CBRF or Director or Nursing for the Nursing Home during periods of vacation/illness to ensure adequate nursing leadership coverage during those time periods.
In this public service position, employee is required to be courteous, cooperative and respectful at all times, with the public and clients. Also establishes and maintains a courteous, cooperative and respectful working relationship with other employees, supervisors and public officials.
This job description is not intended to encompass every job duty or responsibility.. This position is required to perform other duties as may be assigned or required.
Minimum Qualifications Required
Education and experience:
Must have at least an Associate’s Degree as a Registered Nurse from an accredited nursing program, plus three years’ experience in the areas of education, infection control, nursing home, and/or mental health.; Will consider other equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities. Must successfully pass criminal background check as required by Wisconsin Caregivers Law.
Licenses and Certifications
Valid Wisconsin RN License or one of Wisconsin’s compact states CPR Certification
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Knowledge of a variety of instructional methodologies.
Knowledge of adult mental health and nursing home education.
Knowledge of McGeer’s infection criteria.
Knowledge of nursing home regulations, C.B.R.F. regulations, crisis stabilization requirements, and psychiatric hospital regulations.
Organize and facilitate quarterly Infection Control Committee Meetings.
Skills in developing behavioral objectives.
Ability to plan, organize and implement education programs.
Ability to interact effectively with other employees, clients and the public.
Ability to keep records and make reports.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff and the public.
Ability to maintain emotional stability and competence in stressful situations.
Ability to maintain skills needed to insure the highest standard of professional excellence and ethics.
Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Ability to create educational material and tracking tools using Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel or other computer applications.
Ability to work the required hours of the position.