Area Nurse Manager/Infection Preventionist/Staff Development

Sheboygan County
Job Description
AREA NURSE MANAGER/INFECTION PREVENTIONIST AND STAFF
DEVELOPMENT
Health Care Center Manager
 
Department: Rocky Knoll Healthcare Center
Salary Range: $62,238/yr. to $97,369/year
Status: Full time (40 hours/week)
 
Purpose and Summary:
The Area Nurse Manager shall assume the operational responsibility for the implementation of all therapeutic programming designed to meet client’s needs, assure regulatory compliance, and attaining the criteria necessary for Medicare RUGS and Medicaid Case Mix reimbursement for their designated area. Direct staff assigned to the area and develop and implement Center based in-service and staff development programs and assume overall responsibility for area wide operations and programming.
 
Essential Duties:
Organizes, plans and directs in-service training for personnel in cooperation with campus staff, department heads and outside resources. Facilitate an orientation program for all new employees that provides adequate training and gives information regarding our home.  Meets regularly with department heads in order to determine the training needs of staff. Develops short and long-range training goals that include a multidisciplinary approach with the use of Relias. Develops joint training projects, curriculum content and devises methods for evaluating effectiveness of training, utilizing all available resources, local and state to ensure competencies are met. Serves as the Infection Control Nurse, and monitors the infection control program by tracking and trending infections, develops and updates policies and procedures, and provides education, training to staff and audits. Tracks and trends infections within the facility and reports specific infections/outbreaks to appropriate agencies, as required by state and local regulations, and institutes infection control measures. Conducts outbreak investigation and initiates control measures. Maintain and follow up on antibiotic stewardship program. Providing education to staff and clinicians on antibiotic stewardship. Maintains tracking log. Participates in fire and safety meetings, Quality Assurance Process Improvement Committee (QAPI) and attends additional meetings and in-services. Sets up annual required training for CPR and use of the AED, and maintains trainings records. Organizes and implements annual influenza immunizations and TB testing for residents and staff. Provides at least 12 hours of in-service programs annually for Nursing Assistants to maintain their Certified Nursing Assistant certification. Keeps records and documentation concerning in-service programs provided and responsible for maintaining compliance. Serves as liaison with the local technical school and colleges to provide clinical experience for students, including classroom scheduling and general orientation. Works with other departments completing infection control and safety audits. Makes daily rounds on all units to observe quality of nursing services; prepares reports of observation and makes recommendations. Serves as a mentor for all staff. Reviews clinical records and resident/patient care plan, makes modifications to it when necessary, reviews resident/patient orders with prescribing physician and supervises implementation of physician care plan. Assists in the development of nurses and nursing policies implementation to RN's, LPN's and Nursing Assistants. When necessary, contacts physician regarding problems, changing conditions and specific requests of patients/residents, and regarding lab and x-ray reports. Assists with state survey audits, prep and annual visit activities. Converses with DQA during survey on infection control policies and procedures, outbreak information and follow up. Utilizes APIC and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) information via the internet to obtain new and current information. Follows up with staff call ins. Evaluates the performance of staff nurses, providing feedback and mentoring, developing education programs, contributing to staff professional development. Direct, supervise and manage Licensed and Certified Nursing Staff with 24/7 responsibility for the area of the Center assigned. Exercise the duties and responsibilities of management as it relates to the hiring, managing and recommending termination of staff assigned to the area. Advises the Director of Clinical Services as to the status of clinical and therapeutic programming and make recommendations for the development of new programs. Serve as a resource to facility Administrators, Director of Clinical Services, and therapy staffs. Participate in the quality assurance and corporate compliance processes as a resource person for areas of study. Maintains a cooperative relationship among health care teams by communicating information, responding to requests, building rapport, and participating in team problem-solving approaches. Assist in facility preparations for the survey process and serve as a resource for staff in matters of regulatory compliance. Coordinate and implement all area wide in-service, continuing education, and staff development programs. Acts as liaison with the discharging entity and the Administrator, Director of Nursing, Area Nurse Managers and Unit Professional Staff. Leads efforts to develop consistent clinical procedures connected to the daily delivery of services. Assist in the development, coordinate and hands on training of staff in regards to the admission, transfer and discharge processes. Maintain a strong working knowledge of current practices and market trends which could affect the Center's standing in the region. Completes patient care requirements by scheduling and assigning nursing and staff duties and following up on work results. Assumes on-call supervisory responsibilities for the facility as assigned. May perform other varied duties per facility need.
 
Qualifications:
Graduate of an accredited nursing program. Registered Nurse with valid current license in the State of Wisconsin and CPR Certification. Must have experience training nurses and/or nursing assistants and certified trainer preferred. Specialty training in Infection Prevention and Control and/or nationally certified in Infection Prevention and Control preferred Strong clinical assessment skills and working knowledge of skilled nursing requirements and limitations. Ability to conduct ongoing clinical monitoring and skillfully interact with other health care professionals. Good knowledge of the principles and practices nursing home operation and willingness and ability to learn specific procedures.
 
Working Relationships:
Reports to the Director of Clinical Services.  Supervises, directs and manages the nursing staff assigned to the area of responsibility and other areas as needed. Establishes a compassionate environment by providing emotional, psychological, and spiritual support to patients, families, and co-workers. Performs duties with consideration for clients, peers, other employees, guests, visitors and other providers.
 
Work Environment and Physical Requirements:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. This position is very active and requires standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, crawling and climbing all day. The employee must frequently lift or move objects and patients weighing over 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Specific hearing abilities required by this job include, hearing conversation in noisy and quiet environments, locating a sound source and differentiating among non-speech sounds, communicating through speech. Ability to adapt to changes in daily work hours and schedule. Initiate timely emergency resuscitation measures according to adult resuscitation and advanced life support protocols. Risk of blood borne pathogen exposure is considered high.
 
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