Infection Control Nurse Manager

Penn State

University Park, PA

ID: 7102635
Posted: June 15, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

University Health Services (UHS) is searching for an Infection Control Nurse to join their team. Reporting to the Associate Director of Community Health, this position will provide oversight of the infection prevention program at University Health Services, in accordance with state, national, and international standards. This includes program development, development of policies, procedures, and protocols, training, education, surveillance monitoring, coordination of care with public health agencies in relation to communicable diseases. This position also has oversight of the continuing education process for licensed physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and registered nurses in accordance with State licensing and Board certification requirements.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Analyze current evidence-based research in infectious disease management to develop and evaluate policies, procedures, and protocols for prevention and response to infectious pathogen exposures.

Develop strategies to respond to infectious disease outbreaks on campuses and educate internal and external stakeholders and community; collaborate with state and local stakeholders regarding infectious disease outbreaks and mitigation; assist with infectious hazard plan development, and infectious disease response training that will meet the individualized needs of each campus; develop annual educational training and professional development programs for commonwealth nurses, UHS nurses, and clinicians.

Institute disease surveillance and monitor for unusual disease/symptom activity; notify state health authorities when infectious disease activity is at a high-level; maintain accurate records related to epidemiological studies and contact tracing of all infectious diseases as required by PA state law.

Act as liaison, consultant, and/or content expert for Penn State Commonwealth Campus student health centers and on infectious disease and professional practices; identify and inform on best practices for the safety and welfare of health care workers, patients, and visitors.

Plan, staff, and assist with prevention activities to include flu and COVID-19 vaccine clinics; assist commonwealth campuses with preparation of flu clinics and contracts for outside vaccine providers.

Provide leadership in the development and achievement of objectives through the creation and continuing development of the infectious hazard prevention and response program; evaluate infectious disaster vulnerabilities, develop, and maintain the UHS Infectious Hazards Plan, and create an infectious disease response training program; collaborate with colleagues from departments and units at the University Park campus, the Penn State commonwealth campuses, and local and State agencies.

Provide leadership to UHS and the commonwealth campuses on electronic health record (EHR) issues; collaborate with other EHR custom users to strategize and enact a plan of action regarding major system changes.

Typically requires a Bachelor’s degree or higher and 8+ years related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Current licensure as a Registered Nurse required in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

This position requires the following clearances: PA State Police Criminal Background Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance Form, and Federal (FBI) Fingerprint Criminal Background Check.

The Pennsylvania State University and University Health Services are committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and sustainability in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity in society and nature, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Pennsylvania Act of 1988, Penn State publishes a combined Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report (ASR). The ASR includes crime statistics and institutional policies concerning campus security, such as those concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. The ASR is available for review here.

Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.