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Epidemiology Nurse

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This is a Full-time position in Fresno, CA posted June 15, 2021.

Here at Wellpath, everything that we do is about taking care of people – our patients, our staff and our partners. We are committed to making a difference by providing hope and healing to vulnerable patients in challenging clinical environments. Our talented, compassionate team thrives in an autonomous environment, is empowered and supported by education, training and the resources to practice healthcare the way it is meant to be and strives to “Always Do The Right Thing!”

This position, under the direction of the Health Services Administrator (HSA), Program Manager (PM), or higher licensed medical professional, is responsible for the effective direction, management; and operation of the infection prevention and control/epidemiology department, including education of personnel and consultation with the county and state health departments. The responsibilities encompass compliance with, OSHA and state regulations, outbreak investigation, and overall direction of the infection prevention and control program.

Education:

  • BSN or a Bachelor’s degree in microbiology or epidemiology is preferred
  • Association for Practitioners in Infection Control (APIC) training course or equivalent preferred

Experience:

  • Two (2) to four (4) years of experience with a minimum of one (1) year working in Public Health or in the capacity of an Infection Control Nurse in an acute care setting preferred
  • Must have clinical experience in a hospital setting or disease surveillance experience in a public health setting
  • Previous correctional/detention facility experience preferred

Licenses/Certifications:

  • Current (and must maintain) RN License in state employed, if RN required.
  • Public Health Nurse (PHN) certification
  • Current (and must maintain) lifesaving BLS certification through AHA
  • Certification in Infection Control (CIC) is preferred
  • Current (and must maintain) lifesaving ACLS certification through AHA
  • Devises action plans to correct negative variances.
  • Establishes, implements, and administers departmental goals, objectives, policies and procedures; conducts ongoing review of facility policies, procedures and guidelines to identify infection control discrepancies and implements revisions as necessary.
  • Ensures that departmental goals are compatible with, and enhance the organization’s mission, values, and strategic plan. Provides information to the HSA, Medical Director and Jail Commander to formulate changes in the policies, procedures and/or processes which could reduce the spread of infection.
  • Interacts with physicians, nurses, department managers, supervisors, and occupational health and other professional/non-professional staff members to provide resource information, resolve infection control problems, and identify new opportunities to improve service and reduce costs.
  • Develops and enforces effectual policies and procedures for the department that ensures compliance with, OSHA, CDC, CMS and other county, state, and federal regulatory agencies.
  • Directs and assists in preparing reports and statistical data for the infection control committee, and the facility’s administration and other committees as needed.
  • Develops and coordinates the infection prevention and control program throughout the facility. Implements the program by formulating, establishing and evaluating policies and procedures relating to patientcare infection control measures throughout the facility. Performs an annual assessment and develops action plans from the prior year activities.
  • May assist in the job shadow portion of the interview process of potential staff.
  • May assist in orientation and training of new employees.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Wellpath is an EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability Employer