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Infection Prevention Nurse (RN) - Infection Control

Company: Peak Vista Community Health
Location: Colorado Springs
Posted on: May 22, 2023

Job Description:

Infection Prevention Nurse (RN) Peak Vista Community Health Centers is a nonprofit health care organization whose mission is to provide exceptional health care to people facing access barriers through clinical programs and education. We provide integrated health care services to include medical, dental and behavioral health throughout 24 outpatient health centers within El Paso, Teller, Lincoln, Adams, and Kit Carson counties. We deliver care with our strong "Hospitality" culture. Our organization has over 800 employees and serves more than 89,000 patients annually in the Pikes Peak and East Central regions of Colorado. Peak Vista is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC). Compensation (Pay): $65,927.17 to $95,594.40/annually, based on experience. A $5000 sign on bonus will be paid in the following manner: $1250 payout upon 30 days of employment, $1250 payout upon 90 days of employment, $1250 payout upon 6 months of employment, and $1250 payout after 9 months of employment . Current employees are not eligible for the sign on bonus. Loyalty Bonus - $5000 upon 1 year of service and then a $1250 payout for every additional 3 months worked. This applies to only FT employees. The amount will be prorated for PT employees. Summary of Benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, STD, LTD 403(b) Retirement with Company Match Paid Time Off Tuition Assistance Perks Rewards Employee Assistance Program Job Summary: The primary function of this position is to plan, coordinate and implement all activities of Infection Prevention Services within applicable scope and standards of practice. Collaborates with all departments, managers, supervisors and/or employees to execute well-defined Infection Prevention Services. The RN will collaborate with Risk Management and other departments to ensure compliance with Peak Vista's Infection Prevention and Control Programs and ensures compliance with all regulatory requirements. Essential Duties and Responsibilities Educates staff on workplace safety and what to do in the event of a breach from an infection prevention perspective. Assists with educating employees on exposure risk based on job classification, vaccination benefits and recommendations, and the risks associated with exposure to blood borne illness and other potentially infectious organisms. Responsible for Infection Control activities within the organization to ensure processes and standards meet requirements for governing and accrediting organizations and CDC, APIC, and the State of Colorado Department of Health requirements. Participates in investigation of unusual clinical infection exposures or outbreaks, utilizing microbiology laboratory, county/state health departments and if necessary, the Center for Disease Control. Coordinates with the Employee Health Nurse to assist with Workers Compensation to aid with monitoring claims and trends related to infection prevention. Conducts environmental rounds, collects data, and completes audits to monitor for compliance. Evaluates the effectiveness of the Infection Prevention Plan and modify as necessary. Compiles and interprets surveillance reports and statistical data for department and committee review. Participates in quality/performance improvement by assessing, monitoring and measuring infection prevalence. Make recommendations concerning protocols and processes. Supports and ensures completion regarding the reporting of communicable disease results to the county and/or state health department and maintains appropriate records. Responsible for collaboration, education, and intervention with staff and volunteers when infection trends or non-compliance are identified. Responsible for infection prevention and control education of hand hygiene, Sharps Safety, bloodborne pathogens and other infection prevention standards for all employees during new employee Orientation (NEO) and on an annual basis. Leads the Quarterly Infection Prevention team meetings for the organization. Assists Employee Health with the Respiratory Protection Program. Ability to frequently travel inside and outside of the Colorado Springs area. Provides support and guidance to the sterile processing team and reports findings to the sterile processing leadership, ADON, DON. Promotes and demonstrates the mission, vision, and Core Values of Peak Vista. Develops and maintains good working relationships with all departments, the management team, medical staff, and leadership. Embraces cultural diversity amongst ourselves and our community. Responsible for the human, financial, and material resources as well as data and information entrusted to us. Strives to deliver the best outcomes and highest quality service. Demonstrates knowledge of and adherence to the Compliance Plan and conflict of interest requirements. Enhances the effectiveness; efficiency and productivity of the department by contributing to, and participating in, departmental performance improvement goals. Other duties as assigned Supervision Exercised: None Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Education/Experience: Education: Graduate of an accredited Nursing Program required. BSN preferred. Work Experience: Minimum 1-3 years of nursing experience required with a minimum of l year in an infection control required; ambulatory care/primary care setting experience preferred; knowledge of process improvement or infection control in a healthcare setting preferred. Computer Skills: Intermediate - ability to access the intra/internet to manage timecard, review policies and procedures, and read company communications; use e-mail to communicate with co-workers, leadership, and other departments; use and create a variety of templates and PowerPoints, create interactive presentations using a variety of technology, complex tables, customize toolbars, import and insert graphs, embed Excel data, and create detailed reports; work with multiple worksheets, filter data, and manipulate databases. Certificates and Licenses: Current Colorado RN License required. Colorado Driver's License and Insurance as required by state law. Current CPR/BLS required. Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. OSHA risk level/work environmental hazards: This position has been categorized as OSHA Level One. See Exposure Control Plan for details. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. Physical Demands: 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. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand and walk. The employee is occasionally required to sit. Successful candidates will complete pre-employment screening; which includes but is not limited to, a Criminal Background check. Peak Vista Community Health Centers is a drug and alcohol-free workplace and an Equal Opportunity Employer. PVCHC participates in the Electronic Employment Verification Program. E-Verify is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee's I-9 to data from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration Records. To learn more, visit: In order to protect the health and safety of our workforce, patients, and communities we serve, Peak Vista Community Health Centers (PVCHC) now requires all employees to provide proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 or apply for and be granted a medical and/or religious exemption. For more information on PVCHC's response to COVID-19, please visit our website at

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