The Rehabilitation Hospital of Wisconsin (RHOW) is a state-of-the-art, 40-bed Inpatient Acute Rehabilitation Hospital that is dedicated to restoring lives. We are a result of the joint venture/partnership between ProHealth Care and Kindred Healthcare to meet the growing rehabilitation needs of the region.
RHOW specializes in treating patients with many diagnoses, including, but not limited to, stroke, brain injury, amputation, neurological and cardiac disorders. In 2016, RHOW has received Joint Commission Disease Specific Specialization in Stroke and Amputee Rehabilitation.
Assumes responsibility and accountability for the surveillance of infections and for the hospital infection prevention and control program. In collaboration with hospital leadership, develops implements and evaluates the Infection Control Program.
This position is 16 hours a week but can be combined with a 12 hour RN shift to bring it to 28 hours (not benefit eligible) or two 12 hour RN shifts to bring it to 40 hours per week. Some weekends and holidays may be required.
Meets all competencies required for registered nurse.
Develops the annual hospital wide Infection Control Plan; evaluates the effectiveness of the program and reports findings to leadership and appropriate committees.
Assures systems are in place to report infection surveillance, prevention and control information to:
appropriate staff in the hospital
federal, state and local public health authorities in accordance with law and regulation
other referring or receiving hospitals or organizations needing information regarding the presence of infection in a patient received or transferred
Identifies potential sources of hospital acquired infection and implements actions to eliminate the source; and evaluates infection data to distinguish between hospital and community-acquired infection.
Assists in identifying, monitoring and controlling outbreaks among patient and hospital personnel.
Maintains surveillance in order to collect, analyze and trend data; provides accurate and timely reports to the Director of Continuous Quality and Performance Improvement, leadership and appropriate committees.
Assures the hospital implements infection prevention and control activities to reduce the risk of infections associated with medical equipment, devices and supplies.
Acts as a resource to hospital personnel in implementing standard and transmission precautions or other infection prevention and control measures.
In collaboration with hospital leadership and personnel from applicable departments or services, reviews and revises the program to improve outcomes.Provides education for employees regarding infection control during orientation and ongoing in-services as required.
Works at maintaining a good rapport and a cooperative working relationship with physicians, departments and staff.
Monitors employee health trends, manages employee influenza and TB program and ensures staff is properly fit tested in roles requiring fit testing.
Other duties as assigned.
Graduation from an accredited Bachelors of Science in Nursing, Associate Degree in Nursing or Nursing Diploma program. Bachelors or Masters strongly preferred.
Current state licensure as Registered Nurse.
Qualified Infection Control Practitioner, Certification Board for Infection Control (CBIC), preferred.
Demonstrated experience planning, coordinating, evaluating and/or directing IP activities preferred.