The Infection Prevention Practitioner is a Registered Nurse who demonstrates leadership in the development, implementation, and coordination of infection control policies, procedures, and activities throughout OKCVA Hospital and its affiliated programs. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: Utilize effective prevention and control activities specific to the practice setting, the population served, and the continuum of care. Review, analyze, and apply current regulations, standards and/or guidelines of applicable professional organizations and governmental agencies. Recommend new or revised practices or procedures based on evidence-based infection prevention and control strategies. Apply epidemiological principles and statistical methods, including risk stratification, to identify target populations, analyze trends and risk factors, and design and evaluate prevention and control strategies. Recognize populations who are at high risk for infection, utilizing the principles of human growth and development to assess patient's requirements relative to age-specific needs. Evaluate knowledge of age specific concepts when formulating Infection Prevention education and care interventions. Develop strategies to manage and evaluate complex events and unexpected situations. Coordinate appropriate investigations and intervention when a patient or employee is exposed to a potentially infectious agent and complete all documentation. Collaborate with the Director or designee, Chief of Medicine and Chief, Infectious Diseases in the assessment, investigation and evaluation of outbreak situations. Demonstrate knowledge and/or required safety skills, and, when appropriate, in the following: emergency preparedness plan, hazardous materials, fire plan, equipment failure emergency plans, utility outages that pose an infection control concern, and response procedures. Provide expertise and guidance in preventing environmental emergencies and in protecting patients and employees from exposure to infectious agents. Provide consultation in planning construction and renovation projects that could impact patient care and participate in ongoing monitoring during construction/renovation projects. Provide expertise and consultation in planning and performing patient care regarding infectious/communicable diseases. Initiate change in clinical practice based on current concepts and findings from research and/or studies. Actively participate in ad hoc, nursing, and/or hospital or VISN wide committees. Actively participate in Association of Professionals in Infection Control and other professional organizations. Actively problem-solves with all services to prevent and correct hazardous/difficult situations related to infection control. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm or to meet the needs of the service including occasional weekend work . Compressed/Flexible: Not Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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