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Coordinator, Infection Prevention and Control

Job Summary:

In accordance with the Mission, Vision and Values, and strategic directions of PHSA, safety, including both patient and employee safety, is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone at PHSA. As such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position.
The Infection Prevention and Control Coordinator coordinates and participates in the BC Children's and BC Women's Hospital site Infection Prevention and Control Team. Is responsible for allocation of job duties and scheduling, conducts performance appraisals and prepares and delivers education through providing leadership and expertise related to infection surveillance, prevention and control in all C&W site agencies, BCCDC, and associated out-patient settings. The coordinator collaborates with interdisciplinary team members, educators and other health care professionals/providers inside and outside PHSA and provides an educational and consultative service on matters related to infection control. Practices in accordance with the standards of professional practice and code of ethics as outlined by the BC College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP) as well as within the values and vision of PHSA.
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Duties/Accountabilities:

1. Supervises C&W Infection Prevention and Control Practitioners by performing duties such as monitoring performance and evaluating performance through performance planning, directing work assignments, assigning and monitoring work schedules, approving vacation, leaves of absence and overtime, resolving work issues, determining orientation and training requirements and providing technical advice.
2. Manages and participates in the daily operation of C&W site Infection Prevention and Control, in consultation with the Director and Corporate Director, of PHSA Infection Prevention and Control.
• Coordinates and participates in infection prevention control audits of clinical areas, including conducting audits, communicating results to stakeholders, and advising on remediation strategies as needed.
• Develops and updates standard operating procedures for C&W Infection Control Practitioners.

• Maintains C&W Site Infection Prevention and Control policies, procedures, and standards, by maintaining a regular review schedule, and guiding C&W Infection Control Practitioners about format and content changes. Changes are recommended for approval by the institutional Infection Control Committee; revisions are made and changes distributed to users.
• Sets measurable goals and objectives within the team, incorporating the organization’s vision and values, goals and corporate plan. Develops a plan in collaboration with the Director and

Corporate Director; reviews progress to ensure that goals are achieved within established time frames.
• Coordinates surveillance, reviews data analysis in collaboration with the PHSA Infection Prevention and Control Epidemiologist and makes recommendations to improve the effectiveness of existing practices and procedures. Also uses epidemiological principles and statistical methods to design, implement and evaluate infection prevention and control strategies.
• Provides and seeks information from outside facilities and organizations on matters related to infection prevention and control. Contacts public health officials regarding all communicable or contagious diseases as required by law, verbally and/or in writing.
• Attends meetings, prepares documentation for review. Provides verbal and written input to promote improvements to infection control procedures.
• Directs and/or delivers regular infection prevention and control education programs to all C&W site agencies.
• Ensures appropriate involvement of IPAC in all construction projects related to C&W site agencies, BCCDC, and associated out-patient settings in consultation with the IPAC Specialist Construction.
3. Identifies Infection Control related exposures and refers employees to the Workplace Health Service. WHS advises Infection Prevention and Control of the occurrence of potentially serious communicable infections to staff members and contributes to decisions regarding solutions such as staff quarantines following confirmation of communicable diseases.
4. Maintains knowledge of current developments in the infection prevention and control field in order to recommend new applications and contribute to improvement in care. Maintains knowledge through a variety of methods including review of relevant literature, attending relevant education programs, consulting with other professionals and membership in a professional organization.
5. Participates in quality improvement and risk management activities within infection prevention and control. Assesses effect of changes in practice and recommends alternative approaches including the development of, or changes to, selected policies, procedures or protocols. Participates in C&W site agencies, BCCDC, and associated out-patient settings accreditation and other quality improvement projects.
6. Performs other related duties as required.

Qualifications:

Education, Training and Experience

• Baccalaureate degree in Nursing plus five years recent, comprehensive experience in general pediatric, obstetrical and/or operating room nursing including three years of recent experience in infection control and two years of experience in a supervisory capacity, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience acceptable to the hospital.
• Current practicing registration with the College of Registered Nurses of BC (CRNBC).

• Completion of an Infection Prevention and Control Canada approved course in infection control and certification in Infection Control (CIC), or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
• Completion of additional courses in Infection Control preferred.

Skills and Abilities
• Ability to supervise and manage in a unionized environment.
• Leadership and academic skills.
• Broad knowledge of hospital policies, procedures and standards of care
• Knowledge of the mechanisms of transmission of infectious disease techniques for preventing and limiting the spread of infectious diseases, and infectious hazards inherent in medical supplies and equipment design.
• Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
• Ability to organize workload and set priorities.
• Ability to deal with others effectively.
• Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
• Demonstrated computer skills including the ability to effectively use database management software (data entry and analysis) and computerized patient care information systems
• Physical ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position