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Infection Control Practitioner

Job Summary:

In accordance with the Mission, Vision and Values, and strategic directions of Provincial Health Services Authority patient and employee safety is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone at PHSA, and as such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position.
The Infection Control Practitioner (ICP) reports to the Director, the Agency Medical Lead and/or the Corporate Director, PHSA Infection Prevention & Control Services. The ICP has an active role in the prevention, surveillance, and control of infections; and implements and evaluates policies, procedures and programs for infection prevention and control within the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) of BC. The Infection Control Practitioner collaborates with the Agency Specific Infection Control Committee and the other members of the PHSA Infection Prevention and Control Service (PHSA IPACS). The ICP also maintains liaison with PHSA Agency Administrators, Nursing and Patient Care Services on operational and professional matters.

Duties/Accountabilities:

1. Monitors compliance of patients, visitors, employees, contracted providers, students/residents, and volunteers with effective infection prevention and control policies and procedures including routine practices and additional precautions.
2. Completes rounds of inpatient units, and acts as a member of the interdisciplinary team while discussing and problem solving various infection prevention and control issues related to patient movement, isolation, outbreaks etc.
3. Provides in the moment education to patients, visitors, employees, contracted providers, students/residents, and volunteers on infection prevention and control topics and issues while on the units.
4. Prepares and delivers ongoing in-service education programs to employees, contracted providers, students/residents, and volunteers on issues such as routine practices, preventing the spread of communicable diseases, and cleaning and disinfection.
5. Maintains the Infection Control manual by reviewing protocols and developing new policies and/or procedures to ensure material is up-to-date with current evidence based practice, in conjunction with the Director, Agency Medical Lead, Corporate Director, and agency-specific Infection Control Committee, and ensures that revisions are distributed to departments.
6. Assist in implementation of approved changes and evaluates the effectiveness of the modifications on a regular basis, in collaboration with all key stakeholders.
7. Initiates infection control rounds and epidemiological investigations for infectious disease outbreaks.
8. Performs nosocomial and environmental infection surveillance, including focused surveillance of selected patient groups by capturing data and maintaining computerized records of details such as location, isolation, general treatment of patient infections, and realized or potential and related problems.
9. Interprets, prepares and reports surveillance results to the Director, the Agency Medical Lead, the Corporate Director, appropriate Agency departments and committees, including recommendations to management for changes and improvements.
10. Report all communicable or contagious diseases to public health officials as necessary per agency process and as required by law by calling and/or providing written reports according to guidelines.
11. Participates as a member of the Infection Control Committee by providing reports on unit activities, bringing issues and concerns to the attention of the Committee, and recommending/initiating follow-up action as required.
12. Participates in research projects by identifying the need for data collection, collating and analyzing data, summarizing and writing material for publication as directed.
13. Represents Infection Prevention & Control Services, participating on committees as the Infection Control consultant on issues such as Employee Health, Occupational Health and Safety, Supply and Equipment, and Housekeeping Services.
14. Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with the community at large, including the Public Health Department, Tuberculosis Control and the BC Centre for Disease Control.
15. Participates in the assessment, selection and monitoring of new equipment as it relates to infection prevention and control.
16. Consults regarding planning renovations/construction to ensure infection prevention and control standards are incorporated into the design.
17. Maintains knowledge of current developments in the infection control field, through a variety of methods including review of relevant literature, consulting with other professionals and attending relevant education programs as required.
18. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

Education, Training and Experience
• Graduation from an approved School of Nursing with current practicing registration as an RN or RPN with the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP).
• Minimum of three (3) years' recent related experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
• Recognized post graduate Infection Control education and/or certification (Certification Board for Infection Control). Incumbent must be willing to complete an on-line educational infection control program if not already completed.
• For certain facilities performance of the duties requires a continually updated knowledge of changes and developments in the practice of psychiatric nursing and of applicable Federal and Provincial legislation (the Criminal Code of Canada, Forensic Psychiatry Act, the Mental Health Act, the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the Young Offenders Act, Public Trustee Act, etc.
Skills and Abilities
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
• Demonstrated proficiency in the use of a personal computer and applicable software
• Effective leadership, interpersonal, teaching and communication skills.
• Ability to work independently, organize work and set priorities.
• Ability to access and critically review literature
• Ability to coordinate, implement and evaluate educational programs.
• Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
• Ability to operate related equipment.
• Ability to handle unexpected situations calmly and in a professional manner.
• Good negotiating skills