The New Mexico VA Health Care System is seeking a Staff Nurse (Infection Control Practitioner) to join the team! The Infection Control Practitioner (ICP) is a professional registered nurse in the Quality, Safety and Value Section. The ICP, in collaboration with the Infection Control Team and the Hospital Epidemiologist, is accountable for multiple facets of the NMVAHCS Infection Control Program. Duties include but are not limited to: Serves as the administrative and clinical expert in infection control, including but not limited to infection control aspects of blood-borne pathogens, multi drug resistant organisms, communicable diseases, water safety and the prevention of Legionella, and other infectious processes. Actively involved in continuously and systematically evaluating the quality and effectiveness of the Infection Prevention & Control Program, based on established professional, community, or regulatory standards, such TJC, OIG and others. Actively participates in committees and projects, as assigned, at the service, facility, VISN or national level. Collaborates with local public health officials to coordinate disease prevention efforts in the community. Integrates relevant public health issues into practice. Develops, coordinates and teaches educational programs on infection control related topics. Applies epidemiological principles and statistical methods, including risk stratification, to identify target populations, analyze trends and risk factors and design and evaluate prevention and control strategies. Ensures surveillance design is consistent with selected internal and external comparative data bases. Utilizes a systematic approach to surveillance to identify and analyze data and monitor effectiveness of prevention and control strategies that are consistent with the organization's goals and objectives. Tracks/monitors lab reports and other data sources to identify trends in infection occurrences. Uses appropriate statistical techniques to describe data, calculate rates and critically evaluate significance of findings. Reports data and makes recommendations to the infection prevention team, infection control committee and/or leadership as appropriate. Obtains and manages in a data base critical data and information, including surveillance for infections utilizing nationally recognized methods and definitions. Intervenes directly to prevent infections and/or develops a collaborative team approach in identifying, analyzing and resolving infection prevention and control issues. Uses standard epidemiological principles and practices to observe, investigate, and implement control measures through the organization when an outbreak or cluster of infections is noted. Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday; 7:30am - 4:00pm, or 8:00am - 4:30pm, or 8:30am - 5:00pm. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.