Staff Development/Infection Prevention Nurse
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: This nursing position works under the guidance of the Director of Nursing to coordinate, provide staff training and infection prevention duties. The Staff Development/Infection Prevention Nurse will serve as a team member, and collaborates with all other departments.
REPORTS TO: Director of Nursing
- Current license as a Registered Nurse in the state of Minnesota.
- Current C.P.R. certification.
- Nursing Assistant Instructor training (preferred, but will provide)
- Specialized training in Infection Prevention and Control (preferred, but will provide)
- Experience in geriatric nursing preferred.
- Possession of good written and verbal communication skills.
- Eligibility for employment after criminal background study, per guidelines of the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
FUNDEMENTAL JOB DUTIES:
Infection Prevention and Control:
- Monitor resident and employee infections/absences.
- Monitor antibiotic use.
- Administer tuberculin skin tests (mantoux) for all new residents and employees.
- Review influenza and pneumococcal vaccine status for residents.
- Organize and administer annual influenza vaccinations and offer vaccinations, as appropriate to new residents.
- Serve as a resource person for staff and residents when infection concerns arise.
- Participate on the Quality Assurance Committee.
- Update the Infection Prevention Manual annually (including the TB risk analysis, and the Medical Waste Management Plan).
- Assist with HR orientation of new employees
- Initiate orientation checklists for all new nursing staff
- Teach the Nursing Assistant class 3-4 times per year.
- Provide Annual Training on mandatory topics
- Arrange for regular in-services for staff on variety of topics to ensure all staff are properly trained in their expected role.
- Participate in annual staff evaluations.
- Evaluate staff competencies in skill areas that they are expected to perform.
- Participate on the Safety Committee.
- Other duties as assigned.
SECONDARY JOB DUTIES:
- Demonstrate positive working relationship with coworkers and other departments.
- Promote positive image of St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center
- Address resident/staff issues in private.
- Abide by Nursing Department dress code. Wear nametag at all times.
- Attend in-service activities to improve knowledge and skills and maintain competency.
- Participate in St. Luke's Lutheran Care Center continuous quality improvement efforts.
WORKING CONDITIONS: Office and all areas of St. Luke’s campus
- Ability to occasionally bend, stoop, squat, reach above shoulder level, crouch, kneel, and push/pull.
- Ability to carry up to 35 pounds.
- Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
- Ability to understand and use good body mechanics.