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State of Massachusetts RN III Infection Control Nurse - Hospital Wide in Tewksbury, Massachusetts

Tewksbury Hospital operated by the Department of Public Health (DPH), a 370 bed Joint Commission accredited hospital, is currently seeking an experienced Infection Control RN (RN III). The opening is on the DPH Medical Units at Tewksbury Hospital, but will provide hospital wide surveillance and activities for both the DPH Medical and DMH Hathorne Units. The hospital provides comprehensive treatment, care, and comfort to adults with medical and/or mental illnesses.

Using a customer service focus The Infection Control Nurse will utilize epidemiologic principles to conduct surveillance and investigations of healthcare associated infections for a patient population of adults 18 – 100 years of age. They will collect data relative to the delivery of nursing care to patients; identify problems, collect input for resolution, prepare reports and conduct ongoing assessments. Assures compliance with standards of regulatory agencies.

_Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):_

  • Assist with implementation of infection prevention and control policies and protocols.

  • Conduct Hospital–wide surveillance (DPH and DMH) of healthcare associated infections, hand hygiene, PPE, donning/doffing of PPE, adherence to Infection Prevention and Control policies and procedures.

  • Provide oversight and coordination for the Hospital’s Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) program including but not limited to tracking necessary PPE, ensuring an adequate inventory, recommend appropriate PPE per PPE Grid, distribution of PPE, management of donning and doffing stations, and education of staff relative to evidence-based infection control practices.

  • Observe clinical practice for mandatory current standards of clinical practice and reports issues to the Infection Control Preventionist.

  • Conduct environmental surveillance rounds in all hospital departments twice per year (more often as needed) for compliance or when necessary for departmental or hospital-wide Infection Prevention policies and procedures.

  • Documents deficiencies and provides Department Supervisors and the Infection Preventionist with the findings.

  • Assist in preparing reports and statistical data for the infection control committee, medical staff committees, medical executive committee and the facility's administration and other committees as needed.

  • Monitor Meditech for patient assessment and care plans as they pertain to Infection Prevention.

  • Communicate infection prevention and control information and data to various committees and healthcare workers across the organization as assigned.

  • Assess and address learning needs of staff and patients with respect to Infection Prevention and Control..

  • Provide education to all hospital employees at orientation, annually and just in time training, about current infection prevention and control policies and procedures, the Respiratory Protection Program and the Exposure Control Plan as assigned. .

  • Comply with regulatory and mandatory reporting requirements at the local, state and federal levels.

  • Utilize PI methodology as a means of enacting change.

  • Participate in PI committees, teams and initiatives as indicated.

  • Stay current on infection prevention and control regulatory and accreditation standards.

  • Attend continuing education programs to maintain current knowledge as required for licensure and infection prevention and control knowledge.

  • Compile appropriate reports for Infection Prevention and Control Committee, Nursing Quality Council, Hospital Quality Management on a monthly basis as assigned.

  • Comply with all applicable state and federal laws including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations governing the privacy and confidentiality of information about patients.

_Preferred Qualifications:_

BSN

Infection Control experience

Certification in Infection Control after completion of the first 2 years

_Total Compensation:_

As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including:

  • 75% state paid medical insurance premium

  • Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans

  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs

  • Low cost basic and optional life insurance

  • Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan

  • 11 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time

  • Tuition benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities

  • Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options

  • Incentive-based Wellness Programs

  • Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities

  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

_About Tewksbury Hospital:_

Tewksbury Hospital offers a broad range of services including a physician on site at all times, around-the-clock nursing care, rehabilitation services including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy, psychology services, social services, nutritional services, and an on-site dialysis clinic. Tewksbury Hospital also offers its employees free on-site parking, access to in-house training and CEU programs, on-site gym, cafeteria and vendor operated day care.

Learn more about our important work:https://www.mass.gov/locations/tewksbury-hospital

_Pre-Hire Process:_

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines.

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

Access issues to MassCareers, please contact 617-979-8500.

For questions, please contact Human Resources at 978-851-7321 x2630 or x2347.

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Applicants must have at least (A) one year of full-time or equivalent part-time, experience as a registered nurse in a recognized hospital, clinic or medical facility, and (B) six months of which must have been in a supervisory, administrative or managerial capacity.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL LEVELS IN SERIES: Current and valid registration as a professional nurse under the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.*

*Recent graduates from an approved school of nursing must have applied for the first available registered nurse examination.

Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operator's license may be required.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job: *Medical Services

Organization: *Department of Public Health

Title: RN III Infection Control Nurse - Hospital Wide

Location: Massachusetts-Tewksbury-365 East Street

Requisition ID: 200004HO

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