LCMC Health RN/Surveillance Nurse in New Orleans, Louisiana

University Medical Center New Orleans is the academic medical center of LCMC Health and the ultimate expression of a 275-year legacy of serving the people of New Orleans and South Louisiana. With our academic partners, including Louisiana State University and Tulane University Schools of Medicine, we are training the next generation of healthcare professionals and leading research to find tomorrow's cures and treatments. From expert primary care and the widest variety of specialty care to cutting edge emergency care and the region's only Level 1 Trauma Center, UMC offers the area the widest breadth of healthcare services.

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We are looking for medical professionals who are just as passionate as we are about providing the best medical care in the safest environment. We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity in the workplace. Whether you're a seasoned healthcare professional or just starting out, a career at UMC places you at the center of a dynamic community of providers, learners and staff with a singular focus on patient-centric care. We offer a state-of-the-art facility with breakthrough technology, and professionals committed to helping our community become healthier.

POSITION SUMMARY:

The purpose of the Surveillance Nurse is to assist in preventing and controlling infections in patients, employees and visitors.

POSITION DUTIES:

  • Conducts surveillance: Collects relevant clinical information from multiple data sources. Inputs selected data into the infection control data base. Reports communicable disease occurrences to appropriate external sources as directed, and maintains documentation of same. Conducts periodic rounds to gather information about targeted infection control indicators and other identified infection control trends. Abstracts clinical data from data bases, medical records review, patient interview and other sources. Assist the Infection Control Manager to review data that are needed to identify infections (e.g. culture reports). Inputs data into the infection control database accurately.

  • Assist with the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of the hospital wide infection control program: Assist to develop and implement the infection control components of the hospital Safety Management Plan, including the TB & Exposure Control Plans. Participates with the development of infection control policies/procedures and communicates this information to appropriate individuals/groups as directed. Collaborates with the Employee Health Department and departmental directors to facilitate a timely response to patient & employee exposures.

  • Assist with the assessment, planning, implementation and educational programming related to infectious diseases, therapeutic interventions, and infection control practices: Participates actively in efforts to provide annual employee training in infection control topics required by regulatory bodies (e.g. JCAHO & OSHA). Conducts additional programming based on needs identified through analysis of surveillance data & quality improvement monitors, trending, and changes in clinical practice standards. Collaborates with internal resources to assure that educational offerings are appropriate for diverse learners. Addresses age diversity by incorporating relevant concepts into programs as appropriate. Participates in the general orientation for new employees. Acts as a consultant regarding infection control issues that impact clinical practice, materials management, safety, and quality improvement.

  • Acts as a consultant regarding infection control issues that impact clinical practice, materials management, safety, and quality improvement: Participates actively as a member of the Infection Control Committee and other committees as assigned. Promotes multidisciplinary collaboration by using a proactive approach to all phases of project management. Communicates infection control concerns effectively to individuals and groups. Recognizes and responds effectively to opportunities to promote appropriate standards of practice.

JOB SPECIFICATIONS:

Education:
Required: Graduate of an accredited RN program

Preferred: None

Experience:
Required: 2 years in a related clinical area.

Preferred: None

License/Certification: Basic Life Support-HCP, Required. Registered Nurse. Certification in Infection Control/PALS, Preferred.

UMC is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.