BECD Registered Nurse Senior
DEDICATED TO STRENGTHENING THE HEALTH, SAFETY, AND INDEPENDENCE OF IDAHOANS
People Making a Difference!
***THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE OPEN UNTIL FILLED. APPLICANTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO BE CONSIDERED.
The Division of Public Health is seeking a full-time Registered Nurse Senior for the Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) and Antibiotic Resistance/Antimicrobial Stewardship (AR/AS) Program, located in the Epidemiology Section, Bureau of Environmental Health and Communicable Disease (BECD). This position will partner and assist hospitals and other healthcare settings throughout Idaho.
The HAI Program works with healthcare partners, agencies, and stakeholders throughout the state to prevent prevent healthcare associated infections, reduce antibiotic resistance, and support antimicrobial stewardship. The Nurse Senior will perform on-site infection control risk assessments and other assessments in hospitals and other healthcare settings. Other responsibilities will include coordinating and/or providing education and training as identified in assessments, reviewing data from the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) to inform prevention opportunities, assisting with supporting multi-drug resistance organisms (MDROs), and providing infection prevention and control technical assistance to healthcare personnel.
This position requires in-state and possibly out-of-state travel to attend meetings, training events, and to provide support to healthcare facilities.
The Idaho Department of Health & Welfare is a drug-free workplace. Any applicant offered employment in this position at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare will be required to pass a pre-employment drug test. In addition, successful candidates will be required to complete a criminal history background investigation. Employment is dependent upon satisfactory results of the investigation.
BEST RETIREMENT AVAILABLE IN THE NATION
We have one of the Nation's best state retirement systems (PERSI) that offers a lifetime benefit.
OTHER EXCELLENT BENEFITS
- excellent medical, dental and vision insurance- (full-time/30+ hours per week) employee only coverage for PPO $65/month for medical and vision & $11.80/month for dental
- generous vacation and sick leave accrual beginning as soon as you start
- 11 paid holidays a year
- paid parental leave
- multiple savings plans, optional 401K, and optional 457
- basic life insurance for employee and family (employee covered at one times annual salary; spouse covered at $10,000; child covered at $5,000)
- wellness programs
- ongoing training opportunities
- an opportunity for student loan forgiveness
- and more!
EXAMPLE OF DUTIES:
- Provide technical assistance to partners regarding infection prevention and control.
- Use infection control assessment tools to systematically assess a healthcare facility’s infection and control practices for prevention to guide quality improvement activities or to mitigate transmission during an outbreak.
- Educate, support, and provide infection prevention and control information to Idaho’s Infection Preventionists, healthcare professionals, public health, and the public.
- Plan, develop, implement, coordinate, and evaluate activities carried out for federal and state initiatives.
- Assist in the development of program priorities, policies, and procedures in accordance with program, partner, and community needs.
- Assist with collection and analysis strategies for evaluation activities.
- Assist in the preparation of progress reports for federal funders.
- Maintain and develop strategic partnerships with key stakeholders and community organizations.
- Plan and coordinate trainings in partnership with subject matter experts on the topics of infection control, antibiotic resistance, and/or antimicrobial stewardship.
- Build and maintain partnerships with other stakeholders' to effectively market and promote program initiatives.
You must possess all the minimum qualifications below to pass the exam for this position. Please make sure your resume or work history supports your meeting the minimum qualifications for this position. Failure to do this may disqualify you from being considered for this position. It is highly recommended to attach a one-page cover letter to your application to demonstrate how you meet the requirements below.
- Requires state licensure as a Registered Nurse or state licensure as a Registered Nurse pursuant to the Nurse Licensure Compact, Idaho Code 54-1418. For licensure information, please contact the Idaho Board of Nursing at http://ibn.idaho.gov or call 208-577-2476.
- Experience performing nursing assessments and developing and implementing nursing care plans. Typically requires at least six months of work experience.
Below is preferred experience. It is not required for the position but applicants with this experience may receive consideration over other applicants.
- Some knowledge of public health and the principles and practices of epidemiology. Typically gained by completing a Master’s degree in epidemiology, public health with epidemiology specialty, biological sciences with emphasis in epidemiology, or in Nursing or health-related field OR at least one year of job experience combined with continuing education applying the principles and practices of epidemiology.
- Some experience and familiarity with tenets of infection control, including infection control practices. Typically gained by having earned Certification in Infection Control (CIC) OR at least one year of experience working in a healthcare setting in a position responsible for knowing infection control requirements of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA), The Joint Commission (TJC) or other accreditation agency, and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), and interpreting and applying them in clinical settings.
- Some experience leading and facilitating groups of diverse stakeholders and partners. Typically gained by at least one year of planning and leading committee, workgroup, or other types of meetings.
- Some experience building coalitions, group consensus, and/or collective impact. Typically gained by at least one year of experience working in this field.
- Some experience providing Public Health nursing services. Gained by six months of experience providing Public Health nursing services.
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