The purpose of this position is to provide a safe, sanitary and comfortable environment that is as free from disease and infectious pathogens as possible, in accordance with the established policies and procedures at the facility, and local, state and federal regulations; and to maximize fulfilling the care-giving needs of residents.
Essential duties and responsibilities include the following.
Investigate, control and prevent infections in the facility.
Determine the practical application of specific procedures for individual residents.
Closely monitor, report and maintain records of procedures, incidents and corrective actions related to infections, including but not limited to the following residents:
Those on isolation techniques
Those with temperature elevation
Those receiving soaks, irrigations, etc.
Those with catheters, intravenous infusions, tracheostomies and other invasive procedures
Those receiving inhalation therapy
Establish isolation procedure for all residents of the facility to prevent the spread of infection.
Initiate and maintain an employee infection control program that monitors, controls and records communicable diseases, infected skin lesions, pathogens spread through the handling of food, etc.
Educate and monitor all employees for hand-washing and other infection-preventing techniques.
Chart pertinent facts and information in a professional, clear and comprehensive manner.
Recognize and respond to changes in residents' conditions and document observations, interventions and outcomes.
Monitor appropriate treatments, such as dressing changes, drawing of blood, catheter changes, NG tube insertion and removal, laboratory work, for risky or problematic technique.
Recognize, intervene and report accidents and incidents when they occur.
Participate in care plans as appropriate.
Recognize, intervene and/or report accidents and incidents when they occur.
Follow the established universal precautions and isolation procedures.
Encourage an atmosphere of optimism, warmth and interest in residents' personal and health care needs.
Attend and participate in orientation programs, on-going training and educational classes.
Inventory and request infection control equipment, supplies, etc.
Assist in updating written policies and procedures on infection control of the facility.
Participate in surveys made by authorized government agencies.
Perform other related duties as assigned by supervisor.
Communication skills and active listening
Possesses good interpersonal skills while dealing with emotional or difficult situations. Responds promptly to customer's needs.
Accepts responsibility for own decisions, actions and results. Able to maintain dependable behavior in times of crisis or complexity.
Upholds organizational values and abides by state and federal regulations. Maintains confidentiality of HIPAA information. Treats others with respect.
Seeks increased responsibility. Sets self-improvement goals linked to the organizational goals.
Demonstrates knowledge of the position and industry. Seeks additional information.
Maintains high level of performance while demonstrating commitment to accuracy and thoroughness.
Displays ease working with others. Contributes ideas and skills to team. Puts success of team above own interests.
Able to gather and analyze data and reach appropriate conclusion. Solves problems in a timely manner.
Is consistently at work and on time. Ensures work responsibilities are covered. Arrives at meetings on time.
Minimum of six (6) months experience working in a hospital, skilled nursing facility or other health care institution, with training and experience implementing total patient care and care planning, and in making sound nursing judgments relating to preventing infectious diseases.
Licensed Practical Nurse license required.
Licensed Practical Nursing license in the state of Tennessee.
Position may require unscheduled overtime, week-end work.
Must be willing and able to work flexible hours
Advanced Microsoft Suite, including Excel, Access, Power Point and Word
Ability to learn HRIS and/or applicant tracking systems
Standard Office Equipment
Job may require frequent lifting of objects up to 40 pounds.
Subject to standing, walking, sitting, bending, reaching, kneeling, pushing and pulling.
Work is typically performed in a standard office environment; well-lit; comfortable temperature controlled; above-average conversational noise is frequent.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Working safely and follow safety rules.
Report unsafe working conditions and behaviors.
Take reasonable and prudent actions to prevent others from engaging in unsafe practices.
Does not have direct supervisory responsibility.
Must possess the ability to provide training, work direction and/or problem solving for other Human Resource team members.
Supervisor frequently determines priorities.
Analytical Thinking: Able to gather and analyze data and reach appropriate conclusion; Solves problems in a timely manner.
Customer Service: Possesses good interpersonal skills while dealing with emotional or difficult situations; Responds promptly to customer's needs.
Accountability: Accepts responsibility for own decisions, actions and results; Able to maintain dependable behavior in times of crisis or complexity.
Attendance: Is consistently at work and on time; Ensures work responsibilities are covered; Arrives at meetings on time.
Communication: Speaks and writes clearly; Listens and gets clarification.
Ethical Behavior: Upholds organizational values and abides by state and federal regulations; Maintains confidentiality of HIPAA information. Treats others with respect.
Initiative: Seeks increased responsibility; Sets self-improvement goals linked to the organizational goals.
Job and Industry Knowledge: Demonstrates knowledge of the position and industry; Seeks additional information.
Productivity and Quality of Work: Maintains high level of performance while demonstrating commitment to accuracy and thoroughness.
Teamwork: Displays ease working with others; Contributes ideas and skills to team; Puts success of team above own interests.
Licenses & Certifications
- CPR Certification
- Licensed Practical Nurse
- CWCN Wound Care Nurse
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