Occ. Code 5549100

 

INFECTION CONTROL NURSE, GRADE 19

 

New York State Department of Civil Service

 

Classification Standard

 

NATURE OF WORK

 

            Positions of Infection Control Nurse supervise the infection control program and related activities in a hospital, intermediate care facility, or clinical setting where physical and/or mental health care is provided.

 

            Positions of Infection Control Nurse exist primarily in facilities of the Department of Correctional Services, the Office of Mental Health and the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.

 

CLASSIFICATION CRITERIA AND DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

 

            Positions in this class are characterized by their responsibility for an infection control program, insuring adherence to established infection control standards and policies.  Depending upon the size of the facility or extent of the program, this responsibility may be shared with other professionals.  Incumbents serve in a liaison capacity between all departments and Infection Control Committees or hospital departments responsible for infection control services.

 

TYPICAL ACTIVITIES, TASKS AND ASSIGNMENTS

 

            The following duties are descriptive of the class of Infection Control Nurse and are not intended to be all encompassing.

 

            An Infection Control Nurse coordinates, directs and provides nursing services so as to equip the department to comply and establish an infection control program.  The primary objectives of the Infection Control Nurse are to:

 

·      Assure a high quality of care by developing policies and procedures supportive of an infection control program that eliminates risk of infection to clients, facility personnel, and visitors through daily surveillance and implementation of appropriate control measures.

 

·      Teach infection control and isolation techniques, practices, and policies to employees at all levels.

 

·      Identify areas demonstrating infection risk and initiate and maintain such programs to eliminate hazards of infection.

 

·      Assist in educational and research programs related to epidemiology.

 

To achieve these objectives, the Infection Control Nurse performs the following tasks:

 

·      Maintains close communication with supervisory personnel concerning infection problems and epidemiological hazards.

 

·      Develops and conducts in-service education programs for all personnel to improve the knowledge and practice of infection control and epidemiology.

 

·      Acts as the infection control liaison between all departments and medical services, Infection Control Committees, facility administration and community programs.

 

·      Makes periodic rounds in nursing and program units for the purpose of case findings and supervision of isolation techniques.

 

·      Assists medical personnel in identifying carriers and tracing possible sources of infection, and preventing transmission of disease.

 

·      Notifies physicians of clients exposed to an infectious disease or a communicable disease.

 

·      Assists in development and/or implementation of improved infection control measures.

 

Research and records maintenance –

 

·      Reviews and revises the facility infection control manual as necessary.

 

·      Maintains records of all clients with infections.

 

·      Maintains records on ongoing epidemiological programs and surveys.

 

·      Compiles clinical data and actively assists in research studies related to infection control.

 

·      Reviews all pertinent microbiological data daily and advises appropriate personnel as necessary, regarding significant findings.

 

·      Directs, controls and maintains records of all environmental culturing and surveillance.

 

·      Reports and provides information required by city, county, or state health departments, the Centers for Disease Control, or other official bodies.

 

 

RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS

 

            Infection Control Nurse positions have close and continuous contact with nursing and research staff, as well as patients receiving professional nursing care.  Incumbents participate in meetings of Infection Control Committees and attend  and participate in meetings with medical staff and other disciplines represented in the treatment effort, providing consultation on infection control matters.

 

NATURE OF SUPERVISION

 

            Typically, Infection Control Nurses are supervised by the Nursing Program Coordinator, or higher ranking medical position.

 

            Supervisory responsibilities are not characteristic of this class; however, Infection Control Nurses may supervise others engaged in infection control matters depending upon program requirements.

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS

 

·      Good knowledge of infection control principles and techniques.

 

·      Good knowledge of professional nursing principles and techniques.

 

·      Good knowledge of medical and research terminology.

 

·      Good knowledge of teaching and consulting techniques.

 

·      Working knowledge of medication and drugs, common dosages, their physical and psychological effects and possible adverse reactions.

 

·      Working knowledge of biological science supportive of nursing.

 

·      Working knowledge of research techniques.

 

·      Ability to maintain accurate records.

 

·      Ability to collect and record data.

 

·      Ability to secure cooperation of and work effectively with others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

 

            Option 1

 

  1. Possession of a license and currently registered to practice as a Registered Nurse in New York State; and

 

  1. A Bachelor’s Degree in nursing; and

 

  1. Two years of professional clinical nursing experience in a hospital setting or health care facility.

 

OR

 

            Option 2

 

  1. Possession of a license and currently registered to practice as a Registered Nurse in New York State; and

 

  1. Thirty credit hours in nursing, nursing education, public health, community health, health care administration, psychology or sociology beyond the education required for R.N. licensure; and

 

  1. Three years of professional clinical nursing experience in a hospital setting or health care facility.

 

 

 

Reviewed:  3/03

 

 

NOTE:  Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.