Occ. Code 5556400
SUPERVISOR, COMMUNICABLE AND INFECTIOUS DISEASE
New York State Department of Civil Service
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF CLASS
The one position in this class manages the control and tracking of infectious diseases in the Department of Correctional Services (DOCS). The incumbent organizes and implements a system to monitor compliance with Departmental policy regarding evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of cases of infectious disease.
This position is classified at the Department of Correctional Services (DOCS). All incumbents at DOCS assist in the total care and confinement of inmates sentenced to the custody of the Department, and as such perform various duties and functions in conjunction with the overall operation of a facility and/or location to which they are assigned.
SUPERVISOR, COMMUNICABLE AND INFECTIOUS DISEASE CONTROL: supervisory; one position class; manages the Infection Control Unit and promotes communication and cooperation between groups concerned with infection control both inside and outside of the Health Services Division.
Infection Control Nurses are registered professional nurses who administer 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.
Monitor the incidence and prevalence of tuberculosis by maintaining a Central Office registry of confirmed and suspect cases.
· Correlate list with the Department of Healths (DOH) Central Office tuberculosis registry every month.
· Coordinate contact investigations for each active case of tuberculosis.
· Produce a summary report for each contact investigation.
· Coordinate Departmental contact investigations with the activities of State and county DOH staff.
· Collaborate with State and county DOH staff to investigate each case of tuberculosis disease occurring within the Department.
· Coordinate and monitor tuberculin skin testing of inmates and staff.
· Periodically analyze and report on the progress and results of this testing.
· Promptly report unusual incidences of tuberculosis disease or skin test conversion to the Assistant Commissioner.
· Create and manage a tracking system to ensure continuous therapy and follow-up for patients under treatment for tuberculosis disease.
· Implement, coordinate, and maintain an effective system to ensure continuity of care for patients with an infectious disease returning to the community from DOCS system of care.
· Assist in the maintenance of the HIV infection surveillance system.
· Work with administrative staff of the Division of Health Services to collect and analyze HIV surveillance data.
· Coordinate preventive measures against the transmission of blood-borne infections, including education of staff and inmates against Hepatitis B virus.
· Maintain a database on activities of deployed Blood Exposure Response Teams.
· Detect, analyze, and correct problems in the infection control system.
· Make written recommendations to the Assistant Commissioner regarding the establishment or modification of Departmental or Divisional policies relating to infection control.
Manage the Infection Control Unit.
Participate in the development of forms and policies to improve the communication of information needed for infection control.
Promotion: one year of permanent competitive service as a Nurse Administrator 1; or two years of permanent competitive service as an Infection Control Nurse.
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.