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Minimum Qualifications You must take and pass a Civil Service examination to be considered for appointment to this position. Minimum Quals: Possession of a license and currently be registered to practice as a Registered Nurse in NYS AND a Bachelors degree in Nursing AND two (2) years of professional clinical nursing experience in a hospital setting or health care facility. Must be nationally certified in Infection Prevention and Control by NADONA or APIC (IP-BC Credential) or completion of certification within six (6) months of employment.
Duties Description The ICN reports to the DON and partners with the Medical Director for Antimicrobial Stewardship, the Quality Officer, and other stakeholders to develop a system of care to promote sound and scientific infection prevention principles and practices. The ICN is accountable for decreasing the incidence and transmission of infectious diseases between patients, staff, visitors and the community. Through strategic planning, leadership and consultation, the ICN leads and directs a robust team in the identification and implementation of infection prevention goals and objectives throughout the facility. Responsibilities include but not limited to: oversees the operation of the infection prevention, epidemiology, industrial hygiene, and relevant safety programs; manages goal setting process for system, unit and physician goals related to healthcare acquired infections and conditions; participates in the national collaborative and external reporting to the CDC NHSN system, and other post acute-care specific quality organizations; responsible for ensuring appropriate intervention and education occurs with staff, volunteers and medical staff when healthcare infection trends, outbreaks or non-compliance to infection control/OSHA are identified; ensures that education and counseling on infection prevention is available for staff, volunteers, medical staff, residents and visitors. The ICN must maintain current knowledge of federal, state and local regulations and ensures that the facility administrators are informed of appropriate issues.
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