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Quality Assurance & Infection Prevention Nurse

Position Detail 

Functional Area: Senior Care 
Department: Senior Care
City/State: Nevada, IA
Employment Type: Full Time

Position Description

With oversight from the Director of Nursing (DON) the Quality Assurance (QA) / Infection Prevention Nurse  assists the day-to-day nursing activities and assumes the accountability for quality services and nursing care. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Serves as an in-house expert regarding standards of practice, Federal and State regulations and laws, and professional code of ethics governing nursing services. 
  • Assists with auditing and maintaining clinical policies and procedures as necessary to respond to changes in regulations and /or to update additional programs and initiatives. 
  • Assists the DON and Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) with in-services and training for Senior Care staff related to quality measures: hand hygiene, cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization; use of isolation/barrier precautions when indicated; use of patient care products and medical equipment; resident immunization programs; infection control; wound care; and standards of practice. Provides instruction to staff concerning quality of care and quality of life issues, customer service, and positive image. 
  • Coordinates the facility quality assessment and assurance committee. Periodically audits, reviews and provides input on policies and procedures in conjunction with committee members. 
  • Conducts meaningful QA meetings. Reviews unresolved issues/concerns and any other areas that remain out of compliance from prior meetings to develop a timeframe for correction.
  • Maintains tracking systems for data collection and recommendations related to quality assurance. 
  •  Actively participates in Quality Assurance Process Improvement (QAPI) program, taking a proactive approach to quality care and services on a continuous basis with engagement of residents, family members, and staff. 
  • Oversees the Infection Prevention and Control Program (IPCP). 
  • Conduct outbreak investigations. 
  • Maintain a system for reporting possible incidents of communicable diseases to local, state, or national agencies as required. 
  • Oversee the antibiotic stewardship program and monitor residents' antibiotic use. 
  • Maintains records of all residents with infections. Collects data and prepares monthly and quarterly reports. 
  • Perform duties as a staff nurse whenever and wherever required, including but not limited to completing health assessments, developing and evaluation of care plans, implementing residents' medication, treatment and other charting requirements. 
  • Demonstrates the knowledge that resident safety is a priority by preventing errors, accidents and infections and reporting potential or actual concerns immediately.

Position Requirements

  • Graduate from an accredited and approved nursing program
  • Current RN license in state of Iowa
  • Certificate in Infection Control within 90 days of hire
  • BCLS certified within 60 days of hire
  • Mandatory Reporter completed within 90 days of hire

Required Documents

  • Resume

Benefits: In addition to Medical, Dental, Vision insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), Health Savings Accounts (HSA), Group Accident & Critical Illness insurance, and disability coverage, Story Medical also offers the following benefits to it's employees:

  • Up to $2,000 in Professional Development Assistance
  • Free access to Story Medical's onsite wellness center
  • Generous PTO Accrual Plan
  • Iowa Public Employee Retirement System (IPERS)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Onsite Cafeteria
  • Family-Like Environment!

 

Story County Medical Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Pre-employment, post-offer physical and drug screen required.