As an integral member of Haldimand War Memorial Hospital, the Infection Control Practitioner (ICP)/Occupational Health professional, provides expertise and consultation to meet the needs of our evolving infection prevention & control/occupational health programs.
The successful candidate reports to the VP & CNO and will work with all disciplines to promote a safe environment for patients, families, employees and visitors to the hospital. Primary functions will include education, consultation, surveillance, investigation, and the development of policies and procedures in a complex health care environment.
Description of the Role:
Infection Control Practitioner (ICP)
- Collaborates with the health care team to develop infection prevention and control strategies and programs that are both evidence based and consistent with models of care at HWMH.
- Supervises the development, implementation, and evaluation of the infection prevention and control strategies for the patient care programs. This includes surveillance activities; outbreak management; acting as a consultant internally and externally; providing education to all levels of healthcare providers and patients; reviewing, selecting and distributing appropriate scientific evidence and best practices; linking with external agencies across the continuum of care; and applying continuous quality improvement principles.
Occupational Health & Safety
- Conduct review of pre-employment requirements.
- Assist with development of return to work plans.
- Referring employees to appropriate treatment resources in accordance with HWMH and Occupational Health & Safety policies and procedures, as well as legislative requirements.
- With your working knowledge of relevant legislation and communicable disease protocols, you are also prepared to perform Mask Fit testing, participate in the flu campaigns, outbreak situations, and review policies.
Hours of Work:
The successful candidate will work Monday – Friday (37.5 hours weekly) with a willingness to adjust their schedule to meet the needs of the organization.
- Baccalaureate degree in a healthcare-related field such as nursing or other regulated healthcare profession, or an equivalent combination of education and experience (e.g. public health, environmental health).
- A minimum of three years recent clinical experience in a hospital setting
- Successful completion of an IPAC Canada-endorsed basic training course in Infection Prevention and Control preferred
- Certification in Infection Control (CIC), preferred, or demonstrated progress towards Certification from the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology.
- Experience in infectious diseases and patient safety surveillance, outbreak management, education of patients, staff and physicians, as well as reprocessing, construction and surgical infections surveillance.
- Knowledge and experience in conducting effective IPAC surveillance activities and outbreak management.
- Ability to provide education to all levels of healthcare providers using different media.
- Knowledge in relevant Infection Prevention & Control standards (i.e. PIDAC, CSA, Accreditation standards, regulations and guidelines) and demonstrated ability to integrate this knowledge into clinical practice.
- Demonstrated skill in creating and using spreadsheets, Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, Internet and literature searches, and email comfortably.
- Ability to act as a resource and problem-solve Infection Prevention & Control issues.
- Knowledge of, and ability to utilize, the principles of continuous quality improvement.
- Ability to work independently, and be self-motivated and self-directed, while being able to work in a collaborative manner.
- Certification as an Occupational Health Nurse an asset
- Working knowledge of OHA Communicable Disease Surveillance Protocols
- Current CPR certification.
- Knowledge of relevant legislation, e.g. Human Rights Code, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, Canada Labour Code
- Demonstrated excellent communication skills both verbal and written
- Proven Organizational and critical thinking skills
- Ability to function as an effective inter-professional team member
- Evidence of ongoing professional development
- Demonstrates good assessment and time management skills.
- Demonstrated satisfactory work performance and attendance history
- Demonstrates a commitment to continuing education
- Demonstrates a commitment to a healthy and safe workplace for self and others
- Demonstrates a commitment to the Mission, Vision and Values of Haldimand War Memorial Hospital.
Instructions to Applicants: Haldimand War Memorial Hospital & Edgewater Gardens welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
Expected start date: 2020-06-01
Job Types: Full-time, Temporary