Practitioner, Infection Prevention and Control (ICP)
Vancouver Island Health Authority
Victoria, BC
In accordance with the Vision, Purpose, and Values, and strategic direction of the Vancouver Island Health Authority, patient safety is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone at VIHA; as such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position.

Reporting to the IPC Consultant, the Practitioner works with physicians, medical microbiologists, nurses and various departments and services within the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA), to provide surveillance and consultation related to infectious and communicable disease prevention and control in acute care, long-term care homes, and community settings. The role includes developing Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) policies based on best practice literature, and implementing standards in compliance with local, provincial and federal legislation. The ICP develops and provides education on all aspects of Infection Prevention and Control.

The position provides consultation to various departments, health care providers, physicians and surgeons, including participation on quality councils to report on issues that offer quality improvement opportunities. The ICP provides expert advice to facility planners related to the impact of construction and structural modifications on IPC practices, and, following consultation with IPC physicians, provides direction to staff regarding appropriate use of barrier precautions and other prevention and control principles to prevent further spread of infection during outbreaks. This position uses continuous quality improvement methodology and epidemiological principles in the assigned departments, programs, facilities and sites fulfilling functions of health service, education and research throughout VIHA. This program has 24-hour shared on-call responsibilities.

Education, Training And Experience
Graduation from a recognized nursing program and three years recent, related experience in an acute care practice environment required and/or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Registration with BC College of Nursing Professionals as a practicing RN registrant.

One year recent experience in Infection Prevention and Control and/or Public Health in Communicable Disease Control preferred.

Knowledge of the interrelationships between Acute, Long-Term Care, Community Health and Public Health Resources in the health delivery system.

Strong working knowledge of program development and implementation and performance measures.

Certificate of successful completion from an IPAC Canada approved infection control course or evidence of Certification in Infection Control (CIC).

Valid Class 5 vehicle license required.

Skills And Abilities
Advanced communication, writing, presentation, organizational and interpersonal skills.
Comprehensive knowledge of current clinical practices and methodologies.
Ability to critique, organize and analyse information.
Demonstrated ability to effectively introduce, implement, and evaluate new policies and procedures.
Ability to work independently or as part of a team
Ability to organize and prioritize work.
Ability to operate related equipment, including computer software applications.
Conflict management skills.
Drivers Licence and use of personal vehicle.
Physically able to carry out the duties of the position.