County of Alameda

Infection Control Coordinator (#5343)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - HCSA Tech/Para Mgmt (U45)
$47.72-$56.90 Hourly / $3,817.60-$4,552.00 BiWeekly /
$8,271.47-$9,862.67 Monthly / $99,257.60-$118,352.00 Yearly


DESCRIPTION
Under supervision, to monitor, analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the Hospital Infection Control Program; to recommend improved aseptic, isolation and sanitation techniques employed in the hospital; administer approved regulations and procedures for the detection and control of all infection types within the total Hospital environment; act as liaison between the Infection Control Committee and all departments as required; foster learning of infection control and prepare the Hospital and its services for surveys and inspections of infection control and surveillance measures by various accrediting and licensing agencies at the Federal, State, municipal levels.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES

The Infection Control Coordinator reports to the Director of Clinical Services and Medical Education and through the Chairperson of the Infection Control Committee. The incumbent of this position works closely with the nursing services, physician staff, Safety Committee, pharmaceutical and pertinent ancillary services in developing and maintaining an effective infection control program and in preparing the hospital for meeting JCAH, State and CMA regulations and standards in infection control.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Implement Infection Control Committee's surveillance and reporting procedures to detect and monitor all infections within the hospital in cooperation with the Admitting Department and other Hospital departments, nursing personnel and medical staff.

2. Notify the Infection Control Committee, the Housekeeping Department, attending physicians, attending nurses and other departments as appropriate regarding all known infections within the Hospital.

3. As requested by CSR Committee and Executive Housekeeper and in cooperation with Laboratory Department, analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of general housekeeping cleaning techniques and disinfectants. Recommend more effective cleaning techniques and disinfectants as required.

4. As requested by CSR Committee and appropriate departments and in cooperation with Laboratory Department, analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of aseptic techniques and cleaning solutions used in cleaning medical/surgical equipment and patient utensils. Recommend more effective cleaning methods and solutions as necessary.

5. Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of laundry techniques by observing procedures for handling soiled linen, transportation and storage practices, and cleaning methods; takes before/after cultures at each step in the laundry cycle; in cooperation with Laboratory Department recommend improved methods and cleaning agents as required.

6. Participate, cooperate and coordinate teaching and in-service education activities with Nursing In-Service Department and Hospital Training Officer and conduct training on specific infection control practices and techniques.

7. Recommend changes in nursing and medical care procedures as required in order to upgrade aseptic techniques and contribute to infection control.

8. Remain abreast of current and anticipated trends in infection control by reading applicable literature and by attending conferences and meetings regarding such matters. Remain current on JCAH and legislative requirements.

9. Maintain statistics on nosocomial infections; number of nosocomial infections to number of hospital discharges.

10. Participate in reporting specific communicable diseases to the State Public Health Department. Communicate with Public Health Department on possible public health problems at Highland Hospital.

11. Surveillance of infections to determine whether they are nosocomial or community acquired. Information is gathered by bacteriology data review, daily ward rounds, chart review, consultation with nursing and medical staff and observation of patients. Correlate outpatient visits with possible nosocomial infections manifesting post discharge.
On the basis of surveillance data, investigates clusters of infections, consults with Infection Control Committee Chairperson and Infection Control Committee. Formulates, carries out and evaluates possible means of infection control. Analyze impact of community epidemics as they related to hospital admissions, secondary infections, nosocomial infections.

12. Monitors isolation procedures. Assures that proper isolation techniques are being carried out and acts as consultant to hospital staff about isolation.

13. Attends meetings with various hospital departments as necessary.

14. Review all hospital deficiencies in infection control with departments as they relate to JCAH, State and CMA regulations prior to the surveys. Work closely with administration and surveyors to facilitate a smooth inspection and easy access to policies and procedures. Review any noncompliances or irregularities in infection control with responsible departments and assist with plans for compliance. Monitor progress of plans. Responsible for keeping Infection Control Manual up to date.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Either I

The equivalent of one year of experience in the class of Clinical Nurse II in the Alameda County classified service (non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.), and the equivalent of one year of experience in the field of infection control.

Or II

License:

Possession of a valid license to practice as a professional nurse in California,

And

Experience:

The equivalent of three years’ full-time experience as a registered nurse in a large medical facility, at least one year of which must have been in the field of infection control and in medical and nursing audits. (Note: A bachelor's degree in Nursing from an accredited college or university may be substituted for one year of the required general nursing experience.)

Or III

Education:

Possession of a bachelor's or master's degree in biological science from an accredited college or university with specialization in bacteriology, microbiology, epidemiology, or related field,

And

Experience:

The equivalent of three years’ full-time experience as a laboratory technologist in an acute care hospital, at least one year of which must have been in the field of bacteriology, microbiology, or infection control,

Or

The equivalent of one year of experience working full time in infection control at an acute care hospital. (Note: A master's degree in epidemiology or related field from an accredited college or university may be substituted for the one year of hospital experience).

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Current procedures and practices as related to hospital-based infection control.
• Practical systems for reporting, evaluating, and maintaining records of infections among patients and personnel.
• Written policies defining the requirements for specific indications of violation in relation to the medical conditions involved.
• Preventive, surveillance and control procedures relating to the inanimate hospital environment, including sterilization and disinfection practices, Central Service, Housekeeping, Laundry, Engineering and Maintenance, food sanitation and waste management.

Abilities:

• Developing federally mandated and State regulated policies and procedures manuals as related to various hospital departments and services in the area of infection control.
• Assisting in employee orientation and developing in-service training programs related to infection control.
• Researching, collating and collecting pertinent Federal, State and local legislation pertaining to hospital licensure which relates to infection control.
• Developing policies and procedures in the various hospital departments and services to meet accreditation infection control standards and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals.

CLASS SPEC HISTORY
RS:lfm
Revised: 12/81
TAT:pb
Revised: 1/86
Old document: 0452h
New document: Jobspecs/5343
ys/6/01
CSC Date: 1/22/86

BENEFITS

Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.