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Clinical Development & Infection Prevention Coordinator, RN

SUPERVISORY DUTIES:

  • Acts as on-call nurse manager during off shifts as required by the Director of Nursing (DON).

  

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

Clinical Development

  • Plans, develops, evaluates, and coordinates Clinical education programs for Nursing in accordance with OPMC policies and procedures and as required by Federal and State regulations.
  • Conducts in-service activities and programs with other departments, contractors, volunteers in accordance with established policies and procedures. The incumbent may incorporate commercially produced instruction material and training aids into existing in-service programs as deemed appropriate.
  • Ensures community employees receive required annual education.
  • Develops and directs the preparation, scheduling, and selection of instructional material, orientation program, resource allocation, and training aids to ensure updated and meaningful education and training program is provided.
  • Makes certain that all Certified Nursing Assistants attend the required hours of in-service training per year according to regulation. Such training should reflect opportunities for improvement (e.g., as determined by annual performance appraisals) as well as employee interests.
  • Provides direct patient care as needed for training or remedial education purposes.
  • Develops, directs, conducts, and/or coordinates clinical orientation programs for new nursing department employees.
  • Develops and maintains attendance records, reports, and reference materials pertinent to all educational programs.
  • Creates and develops a priority system of education and training needs in consultation with OPMC leadership and develops a program to meet required needs.
  • Conducts and/or coordinates remedial education and/or training sessions with individual employees, as needed, to improve and/or correct clinical performance and/or competencies.

 

Infection Control

  • Oversees infection control and prevention program.
  • Aggregates, analyzes, and investigates patterns of infection in the community. Implements plan of correction for identified problems and presents at the QAA Committee.
  • Oversees infection control program in collaboration with other department heads and managers.
  • Keep line listing of employee infections and analyzes data in relation to resident infections.
  • Oversees employee health issues such as physicals, including the administration of PPD tests and immunizations.
  • Tracks employee illnesses, sharps incidents and bloodborne pathogens post-exposure evaluations and follow up.
  • Conducts outbreak investigation and initiate control measures. Reports communicable diseases to the state as required by law.

 

OTHER DUTIES:

  • Answers resident call bells and alarms within scope of authority.
  • Assisting with special projects or assignments as directed by OPH Admissions Director
  • Enhances own professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, current literature, in-service meetings, and workshops.  Attends mandatory meetings.
  • Makes recommendations to ensure “best practice”, improve efficiency and effectiveness of operations.
  • Practices effective communication and interpersonal skills to enhance positive teamwork and relationships both internally and externally.
  • Willingly performs other duties as assigned or requested.

 

QUALIFICATIONS / REQUIREMENTS:

Education:

  • Associate Degree in Nursing or Associate of Science in Nursing. Bachelors of Science in Nursing, preferred OR combination of equivalent education and experience.

 

Licensure/ Certifications:      

  • Current, active and in good-standing Registered Nurse licensure in State of Hawaii.
  • Current and valid Driver’s license.
  • Current medical/health screening including 2 step TB clearance.

 

Experience:

  • Two years of related experience in staff development, health care or long-term care community setting.
  • Experience in acute care or rehabilitative nursing.
  • Two years supervision and educational instructor experience, preferred.

 

Required skills, knowledge, and abilities:

  • Completion of specialized training in Infection Control and Prevention.
  • Good command of English, both written and verbal. Strong and effective communication skills.
  • Ability to ensure a high level of resident, visitor, employee, and external customer satisfaction.
  • Ability to collaborate with representatives from all areas of the Company.
  • Effective organizational and planning abilities.
  • Ability to seek out new methods and principles and be willing to incorporate them into existing department practices.
  • Effective leadership and interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of infection control, quality control improvements, and staff development pertaining to health care community/facility.
  • Knowledge of computer software systems and applications, including but not limited to, time and attendance systems, Microsoft Office suite.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records.
  • Strong presentation and training plan development skills.

 

MENTAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Function independently, have flexibility, maturity, and personal integrity.
  • Ability to work with constant diversions and interruptions while paying attention to detail, to prioritize multiple and sometimes conflicting assignments, projects, and requests.
  • Possess time management, reasoning, analytical thinking, and organizational skills.
  • Must deal tactfully with employees, residents, and visitors.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Ability to frequently stretch, bend, and lift 50 lbs. maximum. 
  • Must have endurance for physical labor. 
  • Must possess sight/hearing senses or use prosthetics that will enable these senses to function adequately so that the requirements of the position can be fully met. 
  • Is subject to injury from falls, burns from equipment, odors, dust, reactions to chemicals and air contaminates.

 

Physical Demand Level

Occasional

Up to 33% of the time

Frequent

34% -66% of the time

Constant

67% - 100% of the time

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Medium Work: Ability to lift up to 50 pounds maximum, as needed for safe patient care, including transferring and repositioning, and occasional lifting and/or carrying such articles as training supplies.

Up to 50 pounds

Up to 25 pounds

Negligible

         

 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:       

  • Establish a working relationship with the local Medicaid intake office.
  • Self-motivating; must understand and enforce safety and health requirements of the workplace.
  • Must have reliable transportation.
  • Work hours may exceed 8 hours per day, include weekends, evenings, holidays.
  • Subject to call-back during emergencies.
  • May be involved in community activities.
  • Well-groomed professional appearance and demeanor.
  • Must be able to cope with the mental and emotional stress of the position.
  • Must function independently, have flexibility, personal integrity, and the ability to work effectively with other personnel.

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • Well-lit, air-conditioned activity area of community; noise level is moderate.
  • Works in office areas as well as throughout the community and its premises. 
  • May be subject to the handling of and exposure to hazardous chemicals and infectious waste.
  • Works in office areas as well as throughout the facility and its premises.
  • Moves intermittently during working hours.
  • Is subject to frequent interruptions.
  • Is subject to hostile and emotionally upset residents, family members, visitors, etc.
  • Is subject to injury from falls, burns from equipment, odors, etc., throughout the workday, as well as reactions from dust, disinfectants, tobacco smoke, and other air contaminants.
  • Is subject to exposure to infectious waste, diseases, conditions, etc., including TB and the AIDS and Hepatitis B viruses.