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Infection Control/Staff Educator (Must have RN license)

Company: August Healthcare at Richmond
Location: Richmond
Posted on: July 4, 2024

Job Description:

The Infection Control/Staff Educator nurse must be a Registered Nurse.

Purpose of Your Job Position

The primary purpose of your job position is to plan, organize, develop and direct all in-service educational programs throughout the facility in accordance with current applicable federal, state, and local standards, guidelines and regulations, and as may be directed by the administrator, to assure that the highest degree of quality care is maintained at all times.

Delegation of Authority

As the Staff Development/QA, you are delegated the administrative authority, responsibility, and accountability necessary for carrying out your assigned duties.

Job Functions

Every effort has been made to identify the essential functions of this position. However, it in no way states or implies that these are the only duties you will be required to perform. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or is an essential function of this position.

Duties and Responsibilities

Administrative Functions:

1. Plan, develop, direct, evaluate, and coordinate educational and on-the-job training programs.

2. Incorporate commercially produced instruction material and training aids into existing in-service programs as deemed necessary.

3. Provide leadership in formulating the goals and objectives of the in-service educational programs of this facility.

4. Develop, evaluate and control the quality of in-service educational programs in accordance with established policies and procedures.

5. Secure, develop and maintain records, reports, instructional manuals, reference materials, etc., pertinent to in- service educational programs.

6. Perform administrative requirements such as completing necessary forms, reports, class attendance and subject records, etc.

7. Make written and oral reports/recommendations to the administrator concerning in-service training reports.

8. Assume the authority, responsibility and accountability of directing the in-service educational programs.

9. Work with the facility's consultants as necessary and implement recommended changes as required.

10. Assist department directors in obtaining and scheduling of speakers to present in-service training programs.

11. Ensure that in-service training classrooms or areas are properly prepared before training classes begin.

12. Delegate authority, responsibility, and accountability to other personnel.

13. Develop, direct and schedule refresher training, as necessary, for assigned staff and licensed professional personnel.

14. Remain current on new development by attending professional meetings, reading professional journals and attending seminars.

15. Attend and participate in your professional associations activities and programs, etc., to assure that you keep abreast of current regulations and guidelines, as well as professional standards, and make recommendations on changes in policies and procedures to the administrator.

16. Develop and participate in the planning, conducting, and scheduling of orientation programs that orient newly hired personnel to their position, the facility's policies and procedures, resident's rights and responsibilities, etc.

17. Assist licensed nursing personnel (i.e., RN's, LPN's, and Nurse Aides) in obtaining in-service training to keep their license current in accordance with state law. Provide in-service training as necessary/required.

Personnel Functions:

1. Develop and direct orientation programs for all personnel, in accordance with our established policies and procedures.

2. Conduct regular and special in-service training sessions for staff to ensure they remain current on new procedures, changes in policies, etc.

3. Coordinate in-service activities and programs with all departments in accordance with established policies and procedures.

4. Encourage personnel to get involved in planning programs, trying new ideas, etc., to enhance our educational in service programs.

5. Maintain a productive working relationship with the medical profession and other health related facilities and organizations.

6. Create and maintain an atmosphere of warmth, personal interest and positive emphasis, as well as a calm environment throughout the department.

7. Promote the morale of all personnel and maintain a spirit of cooperation.

8. Ensure that individual employee training records are maintained and filed in the employee's personnel record.

9. Schedule in-service training programs according to the needs of each department.

10. Post notices of in-service training classes in accordance the facility's policies and procedures.

11. Ensure confidentiality of employee health information.

12. Present a profession appearance and adheres to dress code.

13. Must be available to present programs on all three shifts as required.

Resident Rights:

1. Maintain confidentiality of all pertinent resident care information to assure resident rights are protected, including the right of refusal.

2. Knock before entering a resident's room.

Equipment and Supply Functions:

1. Direct the preparation, scheduling and selection of instructional material, equipment and training aids, to ensure that a modern, meaningful in-service program is provided.

2. Ensure that required serviceable equipment and knowledgeable operators are available to present special in- service materials as directed.

3. Recommend to the administrator the equipment and supply needs of the department.

Committee Functions:

1. Serve on various committees of the facility as required by existing regulations and as appointed by the administrator.

2. Represent the department at and participate in top level meetings.

3. Meet with department supervisors, on a regularly scheduled basis, and solicit advice concerning their training needs, and assist in identifying and correcting problem areas, and/or improvement of services.

4. Implement recommendations from the Continuous Quality Improvement Committee as they relate to the educational needs of the facility.

5. Assist department heads with identification of problem areas and development of action plan.

Other Duties

1. Other duties as assigned

Working Conditions:

Works in office areas, training rooms, resident rooms, exam rooms, etc. as necessary. Moves intermittently during working hours and is subject to frequent interruptions. May work flexible hours. Works beyond normal working hours and on weekends and holidays when necessary, as well as in other positions needed. Is subject to call-back during emergency conditions (i.e., severe weather, evacuation, post-disaster, etc.). Attends and participates in continuing educational programs designed to keep you abreast of changes in your professions, as well as to maintain your license on a current status. Is subject to exposure to infectious waste, diseases, conditions, etc., including TB and the AIDS and Hepatitis B viruses. Position may require out-of-town travel. Is subject to injury from falls, burns from equipment, odors, etc., throughout the work day, as well as to reactions from dust, disinfectants, tobacco smoke, and other air contaminants. Communicates with department supervisors to determine departmental training needs. May be subject to the handling of and exposure to hazardous chemicals.

Education Requirements:

Must possess, as a minimum, an RN license . Must have 2 years Long Term Care experience.


Director of Staff Development/QA

Must have, as a minimum, 2 year(s) of experience in a health related facility. Must have experience in supervision and principles, practice of teaching, etc. Must possess skills in leadership and communications.

Must possess creativity, integrity, initiative, and ability to motivate employees to perform at their highest potential.

Specific Requirements:

Must be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language. Must possess the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action. Must possess the ability to deal tactfully with personnel, residents, family members, visitors, government agencies/personnel, and the general public. Must possess leadership and supervisory ability and the willingness to work harmoniously with other personnel. Must be willing to seek out new methods and principles and be willing to incorporate them into existing training practices.

Must possess the ability to plan and develop new programs. Must have patience, tact, and cheerful disposition and enthusiasm, as well as the willingness to handle difficult residents and staff. Must be able to relate information concerning a resident's condition. Must not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of other individuals in the workplace.

Physical and Sensory Requirements: (With or Without the Aid of Mechanical Devices)

Must be able to move intermittently throughout the work day. Must be able to speak and write the English language in an understandable manner. Must be able to cope with the mental and emotional stress of the position. Must be able to see and hear or use prosthetics that will enable these senses to function adequately so that the requirements of the position can be fully met. Must function independently and have flexibility, personal integrity, and the ability to work effectively with residents, personnel, and support agencies and outside agencies. Must meet the general health requirements set forth by the policies of this facility which include medical and physical examinations. Must be able to push, pull, move, and/or lift a minimum of 50 pounds, using proper body mechanics. Must be willing to perform tasks that may involve exposure to the resident's blood/body fluids. May be necessary to assist in the evacuation of residents during emergency situations.

Keywords: August Healthcare at Richmond, Richmond , Infection Control/Staff Educator (Must have RN license), Healthcare , Richmond, Virginia

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