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Next Step Health Care Infection Control Preventionist & Wound/Ostomy Care Nurse, RN in Attleboro, Massachusetts

Infection Control Preventionist & Wound/Ostomy Care Nurse, RN for Garden Place Healthcare

Full Time Day Shift

If you have a passion for helping people, for making them feel safe, respected, cared for and listened to, then your next step is with us.

At Next Step Healthcare, we know that working in the healthcare industry is more than just a job ? it?s a way of life reserved for the most compassionate, caring, and hard-working individuals. We are privileged to work alongside people who believe, like we do, that locally owned and operated healthcare facilities should go beyond simply ?meeting the needs? of its residents.

The Infection Control Preventionist is a dedicated nurse who is trained and responsible for preventing, identifying, reporting, investigating and controlling infections and communicable diseases for all residents, staff, volunteers, visitors, and contractors.

  • Implement the policies and procedures around infection control developed by Next Step Healthcare while reporting to Director of Nursing.

  • Create and implement training programs in conjunction with the Director of Clinical Education, for all staff and residents on infection control procedures.

  • Act as a consultant and resource to all staff and residents for problem solving, education, and interpretation and implementation of policies and procedures.

  • Remain knowledgeable of CDC, DPH and Local Board of Health regulations and reporting requirements as they apply to the infection control program.

  • Develop and implement an Infection Control quality assurance and improvement plan. Member of QAPI Committee.

  • Complete annual assessment based on facility assessment, with annual review of policies and procedures and infection control program.

  • Annual review of Antibiotic Stewardship program.

  • Monitor and interpret trends in infection control and communicable diseases as they relate to the facility.

  • Oversee infection control practices in all departments.

  • Ensure water management program is in place.

  • Onboarding and education of infection control practices for new employees.

  • In collaboration with the medical director, plan and implement epidemiologic investigations and evaluate for efficacy, such as contact tracing.

  • Coordinate and collaborate with other departments and positions to plan delivery of services, such as cohorting.

  • Consult inform Director of Clinical Quality and Outcomes on Infection Control status and program development.

  • Ensure all residents, staff, volunteers, visitors and contractors understand Infection Control Measures. Accountable for staff and resident immunizations to ensure that staff and residents have been vaccinated to prevent the spread of diseases.

  • Responsible for testing requirements per DPH, CMS

  • Maintain a line listing of all residents with infections placed in isolation or on infection control precautions, as well as those residents and employees who have nosocomial infections.

  • Monitor infection control practices and procedures through rounding to ensure that all personnel are implementing our Infection Control practices

  • Report all reportable disease to the County and State Health Department.

  • Report all cases utilizing the internal Company reporting form for all residents

  • Report all cases for staff to the VP of Administration/Compliance Officer and Director of Administration Work Environment:

  • Works in office area(s) as well as throughout the nursing service area (i.e., drug rooms, nurses' stations, resident rooms, etc.).

  • Is involved with residents, personnel, visitors, government agencies/personnel, etc., under all conditions and circumstances.

The Wound/Ostomy Nurse functions as clinical resource and consultant in the management of ostomies, complex wounds, fistulae, pressure, vascular and diabetic ulcers, and skin care problems.

  • Provide direct care, collaborate and consult with nurses and health care providers to care for patients and their families with new and old ostomies, complex wounds, fistulas, pressure ulcers, tubes and incontinence.

  • Utilize the nursing process and wound management theory when delivering care to patients under the scope of WOCN practice.

  • Initiates patient care to reflect goals that are evidence based, realistic, measurable, and consistent with the plan of care that includes discharge planning.

  • Performs wound assessment, reassessment and management of patients at risk for pressure ulcers.

  • Implements a skin care program to prevent skin breakdown and pressure ulcers.

  • Documents interventions

  • Documents and communicates with nursing staff and health care provider's the plan of care, changes in patient status, response to interventions and plans for discharge in appropriate areas.

  • Assess the needs of the individual patient and selects appropriate products and interventions

  • Serves as a resource for patients through phone consultation and/or outpatient service.

  • Assists nurses in identifying resources and implementing a plan of care for patients at risk for skin breakdown and pressure ulcer development.

  • Demonstrates thorough knowledge of staging pressure ulcers and skin breakdown prevention

  • Rounds on patients at risk for skin breakdown and pressure ulcer development. Education

  • Develops, maintains and provides specialty related patient educational materials for patients and families

  • Maintain awareness and understanding of insurance regulations and their implications being careful to obtain the appropriate information required to develop a plan.

  • Assesses and provides educational programs for nursing and other members of the Health care team in the specialty of WOC scope of practice.

  • Interacts with nursing staff/healthcare providers at bedside, skin care management, PU prevention, and ostomy management.

  • Presents at nursing orientation to both nurses and nursing assistants.

  • Develops & presents educational programs and in services as needed. Work collaboratively with nursing and healthcare providers on the patient units to provide a coordinated, comprehensive stay. Maintain collaborative relationships with nurses, physicians and other health care providers.

  • Enhances professional growth and competency in field through participation in educational programs, in-service meetings, workshops.

  • Performs other duties as assigned Medical Record Format

  • Electronic medical and treatment records

Qualifications:

  • Must possess, as a minimum, a Nursing Degree from an accredited college or university

  • Must possess a current, unencumbered, active license to practice as an RN in Massachusetts.

  • Infection Control experience- has or in process of attaining an Infection Control Preventionist Certification

  • Must possess the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action.

  • Must possess the ability to deal tactfully with personnel, residents, family members, visitors, government agencies/personnel, and the general public.

  • Must be knowledgeable of nursing and medical practices and procedures, as well as laws, regulations, and guidelines that pertain to long-term care.

  • Must possess leadership and supervisory ability and the willingness to work harmoniously with and supervise other personnel.

  • Must possess the ability to plan, organize, develop, implement, and interpret programs, goals, objectives, policies and procedures, etc.,

  • Must have patience, tact, a cheerful disposition and enthusiasm, as well as the willingness to handle difficult resident

  • Must be willing to seek out new methods and principles and be willing to incorporate them into existing nursing

  • BLS (Required)

  • Registered Nurse (RN) (Required)

  • Wound/Ostomy Certification Required

Benefits include but not limited to:

  • Paid time off (vacation, sick, holiday)

  • Medical through BCBS

  • Dental

  • Vision

  • Life Insurance

  • 401(k)

Next Step Healthcare is an equal opportunity employer. We embrace diversity and are committed to fostering an inclusive workplace for all employees. At the core of our business, we aim to support, inspire and empower all of our employees so that we can offer the best care to our residents. In order to provide the best care, we must provide the best work environment, and that starts with a diverse staff. Next Step Healthcare does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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