RADx Infection Control Registered Nurse (RN)
Position Title: RADx Infection Control Registered Nurse (RN)
Reporting to the Infection Control Manager, the RADx Infection Control RN is responsible for the clinical oversight of the RADx program, for expanded COVID testing, and related infection control in collaboration with other infection control RN(s) at Caring Health Center (CHC). This job has specific duties relating to the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics in Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) program to expand testing to patients and non-patients.
This individual will conduct professional behavior commensurate with that expected for a health professional. This includes maintenance of strict confidentiality, professional attire and manner, adherence to strict standards of accuracy in translation and documentation, and most importantly, prompt attention to patient’s health needs. They will function as team member in delivery of health care in a community health center setting. They will abide by the mission of the Health Center and comply with guidelines and policies governing clinical staff.
Reports to: Infection Control Manager
Supervises: N/A, but may later include RAD-x Medical Assistant and/or CHW(s)
- Graduated from a Bachelor’s of Nursing;
- Current licensure as registered nurse in the State of Massachusetts.
- At lease 2 years of pediatric and adult nursing experience and involvement in QI/QA standards preferable.
- Demonstrated ability in effective verbal and written communication.
Principle Responsibilities and Duties:
Specifically to meet the objectives of the RADx project objectives to expand COVID testing and culturally/linguistically tailored educational messaging to CHC patients, BeHealthy Partnership Patients (including those registered to Baystate CHCs), and to non-patients whether symptomatic or asymptomatic.
Lead the expanded clinical testing team:
- Conduct community testing initiatives,
- Contact and provide follow-up care to those tested,
- Educate patients and non-patients about testing, COVID transmission prevention behaviors, recognition of symptoms and response;
- Ensure accurate documentation of testing (whether on-site at CHC or in the community);
- Collaborate with the RADx team to ensure all grant objectives are met.
Additionally, as a member of the RN Infection Control Team: Collaborate with the Infection Control program at CHC to investigate, surveil, control, and prevent clinic-borne infections in CHC’s patients and employees. As with other Infection Control RNs at CHC, they have the responsibility to educate all levels of clinical personnel and other health care workers regarding best infection control practices.
- Directs prevention and control of the transmission of infectious agents
- Develops evidence-based/informed infection prevention and control policies and procedures
- Identifies and implements infection prevention and control strategies and education of staff related to all of the following:
- Hand hygiene
- Cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization practices
- Hazardous waste disposal
- Hygiene and disinfection of exam rooms and clinic supplies
- Appropriate selection, use, and disposal of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Use of patient care products and medical equipment
- Specimen collection, transportation, handling, and storage
- Immunization programs for patients
- Influx of patients with communicable diseases
- Principles of safe injection practices
- Identifying, implementing, and evaluating elements of Standard Precautions/Routine Practices; monitors and audits data related to hand hygiene and use of PPE
- Antimicrobial stewardship
- Infection risks associated with use of medical devices in clinic and during procedures
- Recall of potentially contaminated equipment, food, medications, and supplies
- Transmission-based precautions and Airborne pathogens protection: adequate mask protection, clinic signage re: airborne pathogen protection
- Environmental pathogens and potential outbreaks (i.e. Norovirus)
- Collaborates with relevant groups in planning community/facility responses to biologic threats and disasters
- Develop chart forms/checklist to assess documentation, standards of care, preventive medical standards, and annual medical needs.
- Performs responsibilities delegated by supervisory personnel with regards:
- Review of medical records related to specific quality assurance objectives
- Nursing functions in designated clinics, i.e. diabetes clinic
- Ensure that comprehensive clinical services are accessible and available to all clients seeking family planning services.
Additional Performance Requirements
- Effectively communicates with patients, co-workers on medical team, in medical department and across departments
- Ability to read and write in English in order to understand basic safety instructions.
- Demonstrates competency in written, oral, and electronic communication
- Assists in training all Caring Health Center personnel
- Policies and Procedures
- Maintains familiarity with Caring Health policies and procedures
- Adheres to medical department standards for attendance and professional dress
- Helps maintain a patient centered, safe, and professional work environment
- Participates in quality improvement initiatives
- Meets Agency Participatory Expectations
- Suggests and participates in continuing quality improvement efforts
- Participates in quality assessment and improvement activities as requested
- Adheres to established safety policies, procedures and precautions; identifies potential or actual unsafe situations in the environment and takes measures to rectify the situation
- Attends and participates in regularly scheduled staff meetings, in-services, and professional trainings
- Serves on agency committees and in professional organizations when requested
- Maintains professional competence necessary to perform job responsibilities; maintains and provides agency with records of continuing education activities
- Performs related duties as required
This position requires the ability to use a computer, work at a computer workstation, accurately document in the EMR, view a CRT and have some knowledge of a keyboard.
From time to time, the position may require the ability to work long and arduous hours.