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SIDRA3855 - Infection Prevention and Control Practitioner

Department: Nursing Operations Div
Division: Family Centered Services Dept
Contract Type: Full Time
Closing Date: 30-Jul-2017
Organizational Profile:

Sidra Medical and Research Center is a state of the art academic medical center that will function to the level of the highest international standards.  Its clinical focus is on the specialty care of women and children.

Sidra’s Vision is:  “Sidra Medical and Research Center will be a beacon of learning, discovery and exceptional care, ranked among the top medical centers in the world”.

Achieving this vision will encompass three essential activities:

World Class:     Patient and Family Centered Care      Health Education        Biomedical Discovery

Sidra works closely with Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar and Hamad Medical Corporation across  all three activities to raise the standard of health and health care throughout the State of Qatar.

Department:

At Sidra Research and Medical Centre, the safety of patients, staff and visitors is of ultimate importance. Sidra recognizes that strict adherence to best Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) practices and standards, based on sound scientific principles, is essential to reduce avoidable health care associated infections (HCAI) to both patients and staff.

 Standards include but are not limited to, those set by the : Qatar Ministry of Public Health, Joint Commission International (JCI) the Accreditation Canada assessments. UK Standards for Better Health and American Institute of Architecture (AIA) and Infection prevention and control Risk (ICRA) assessments.

The Sidra Infection Prevention and Control Team (IPCT) is devoted to ensuring that infection prevention and control is embedded across the organization. Policies will be introduced in a supportive working environment through consultation, communication and collaboration with multidisciplinary teams to ultimately ensure patient safety and public trust of the health care system. Infection prevention and control is central to all aspects of health care and an effective, appropriately staffed IPCT, will ensure that the following aspects of infection control practice are addressed: Surveillance, Outbreak management, Decontamination of Medical Devices, Policy-development, Audits, Education, Training, Product-evaluation, Construction and Research.

Job Summary and Key Roles Accountabilities:

Job Summary 

 

The Infection Prevention and Control Practitioner is responsible for leading and demonstrating the provision of safe focused quality infection control practices. As a key member of the multidisciplinary team ensures that standards for infection prevention and control are adhered to at the service level. The incumbent works collaboratively with the Manager - Infection Prevention and Control to ensure the prevention, surveillance, investigation and control of infection, and the delivery of educational programs for staff on aspects of infection prevention and control. S/he monitors and improves compliance with best practice to ensure a comprehensive service is provided.

 

Key Roles Accountabilities:

  • Provides professional leadership, advice, support and guidance to staff.

  • Acts as a professional role model and provides strong, facilitative and effective clinical leadership.

  • Ensures effective communication with patients, their relatives and relevant others to impart information and support in an emotive and sensitive manner.

  • Assists in the selecting and initiating appropriate actions to enable all levels and disciplines of staff to prevent and control infection.

  • Assesses and monitors infection occurrences and advises on specific infections and precautions.

  • Makes recommendations for change in work environment and practice regarding infection prevention and control concerns.

  • Conducts a range of risk assessments and inspections including employee adherence and compliance to the correct usage of personal protective equipment and clothing.

  • Conducts annual monitoring of employee compliance to infection prevention and control practices.

  • Assists in the formulation and initiation of appropriate operational strategies to minimize the risk of infection and advises when patient isolation is necessary, ensuring that correct techniques are implemented and reviewed.

  • Ensures infection prevention and control practices enhance patient safety and minimizes risks for the patient’s experience.

  • Reviews microbiological data to evaluate the efficiency of the intervention and plan future practice.

  • Maintains appropriate records in line with departmental protocols.

  • Maintains effective administrative processes.

  • Undertakes defined projects to support the delivery of high quality, clinically effective care.

  • Participates in the monitoring, review and development of department specific policies and procedures to ensure they meet legislation and Ministry of Health recommendations and reflect standards of best practice.

  • Provides surveillance in accordance with current legislation.

  • Assists in the design and implementation of Infection prevention and control initiatives in partnership with the relevant multidisciplinary teams.

  • Works flexibly and supportively with the multidisciplinary team to ensure that the objectives and goals for the service are met.

  • Promotes interdisciplinary collaboration with outcomes aimed at the best interest of patients, families, visitors and staff.

  • Evaluates day to day processes and develops and reviews criteria for work assignment and delivery care model in collaboration with Nurse Manager.

  • Utilizes outcome measures to evaluate effectiveness of care through the review of data and the questioning of inconsistencies.

  • Identifies ideas that will improve the quality of service and issues that negatively impact on patient care and employee satisfaction

  • Supports key performance indicators for the service and holds self and others accountable for actions and outcomes.

  • Contributes to the achievement of cost efficiency savings in the service and maintains an awareness of resource utilization, exercising care in the ordering and use of equipment and materials.

  • Participates in audit and research planning that focuses on the efficacy and effectiveness of infection prevention and control practices.

  • Reports equipment failures, safety and security issues, and/or reduction of supply inventory.

  • Collaborates with the Manager of Infection Prevention and Control and Patient Educators in planning, implementation and evaluation of infection prevention and health promotion campaigns.

  • Ensures the effective orientation, precepting and support of new staff and students.

  • Provides a welcoming work environment.

  • Ensures relevant information is communicated to all staff effectively and efficiently.

  • Applies problem-solving techniques and ensures appropriate escalation of issues to meet patient/staff needs and resolve conflicts.

  • Leads Performance Improvement activities and committees as assigned.

  • Develops and sustains own knowledge, clinical skills and professional awareness and maintains a professional profile.

  • Provides documented evidence of own performance and maintenance of skills consistent with position.

  • Deputizes for the Manager of Infection Prevention and Control as required.

  • Follows all Sidra related policies and procedures.

  • Adheres to Sidra’s standards as they appear in the Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest policies.

 

Experience:

 

ESSENTIAL

PREFERRED

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing or (3 year Diploma in Nursing)

     

  • Registered Nurse
  • Post graduate specialty qualification/certification

Experience

  • 3+ years post registration and 4+ years infection prevention and control nursing experience in specialty area in a North American Academic Institution, or equivalent in UK, Republic of Ireland, and EU states, South Africa, Australia or New Zealand.
  • Experience in an Academic Medical Center

     

  • Demonstrated experience with clinical Information systems

     

  • Hospital Commissioning

Certification and Licensure

  • Valid professional nursing license in country of origin

     

  • Meets licensing requirements of the State of Qatar

 

Professional Membership

 

Member of a professional nursing association

Job Specific Skills and Abilities

  • Effective problem solving skills

     

  • Demonstrated ability to develop effective relationships with internal stakeholders

     

  • Demonstrated ability to deescalate conflict situations within a unit

     

  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills

     

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite

     

  • Fluency in written and spoken English

     

  • Leading on clinical practice and service quality.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach, assess and develop educational materials for staff and patients

     

  • Arabic speaking and/or bilingual in other languages

     

  • Building and Leading a team.
Sidra’s Organizational Values:
  • Trust: Being competent; acting consistently, reliably and predictably; acting with honesty and integrity; respecting patient, employee and commercial confidentiality; delivering on commitments
  • Care: Acting with empathy, kindness and compassion; being humble; listening and responding; acting with cultural sensitivity; Caring for patients and staff
  • Teamwork: Sharing information and knowledge and learning from demonstrated expertise; being respectful, and thereby earning respect of others; acting with professionalism; leading and following; collaborating and being accessible
  • Transparency: Frequent and honest communication; open access to information for decision making; willingly acknowledge shortcomings; speaking up about concerns; publishing performance indicators
  • Innovation: Freedom to innovate; welcoming ideas and encouraging creativity; supporting talent; creating confidence; celebrating successes
  • Efficiency: Providing measurable value; using data to drive decision making; having and achieving clear goals; building processes that work; continuously improving outcomes in patient and family care
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