Clinical Nurse-Infection Preventionist-Limited Term-Public Health Policy and Planning (Open)

  • County of San Mateo, CA
  • Redwood City, California
  • Jun 01, 2021
Full Time Planning and Development Public Health
  • Salary: $135,907.20 - $160,638.40 Annually USD

Job Description

Description
San Mateo County Health's Public Policy and Planning Division has a vacancy for the position of Clinical Nurse-Infection Preventionist -Limited Term.

Why come and be an Infection Preventionist in San Mateo County's Communicable Disease Control division of Public Health?
If you are an experienced Infection Preventionist who is looking to join a diverse team of people who work well together and looking to do the most meaningful and purposeful work of your career than please apply to this position. The Communicable Disease team is a team in every sense of the word. Everyone works together to ensure the health and wellbeing of our County's residents. Everyone is mission driven here and passionate about the work we do. The team has the support and leadership of a Communicable Disease controller physician, a Program Manager with a degree in Public Health from U.C. Berkley and a seasoned Clinical Services Manager-Nursing. There is always someone available to consult with on issues you may encounter in the field. We want everyone here to love what they do and stay for a long time. The benefits are great too but at the end of the day it is about making a positive impact for those we serve.

There is currently one (1) limited term vacancy, Spanish, Tagalog or Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese) speaking preferred.

The position is in the Public Health, Policy and Planning Division, reporting to the Clinical Services Manager II-Nursing-Communicable Disease Control, and is located in San Mateo, CA, but will travel/drive throughout the County to perform duties of the job.

The Clinical Nurse-Infection Preventionist will routinely review guidance and recommendations for congregate settings issued by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CDPH Licensing & Certification, California Department of Social Service Community Care Licensing Division, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The position will also review and maintain checklists and line lists, conduct facility assessments (ICAR), prioritize facility screening and surveillance testing, update mass testing strategies and other templates and resources to support congregate settings. The positions will create, maintain and update a COVID-19 web page for providers facilities. The position will also disseminate resources in response to calls, results, distribution list or via health alerts. Participate in and coordinate facility level update calls and meetings. Establish partnerships with local IPC practitioners at healthcare facilities and congregate settings. Participate in local and regional meetings and collaborations in order to enhance infection prevention and control efforts.

Clinical Nurses in Public Health are responsible for the planning and implementation of field-based testing; the education of individuals about infection, prevention, and control; and the transportation of field-based testing specimens to the Public Health Lab.

Infection Preventionist Clinical Nurse will be responsible for:
  • Routinely review guidance and recommendations for congregate settings issued by CDPH, CDC, Licensing & Certification, Department of Social Service, and CMS.
  • Review and maintain checklists and line lists, conduct facility assessments (ICAR), prioritize facility screening and surveillance testing, update mass testing strategies and other templates and resources to support congregate settings.
  • Creation, maintenance and updating a COVID-19 web page for providers facilities.
  • Dissemination of resources in response to calls, results, distribution list or via health alerts.
  • Participate in and coordinate facility level update calls and meetings.
  • Establish partnerships with local IPC practitioners at healthcare facilities and congregate settings. Participate in local and regional meetings and collaborations in order to enhance infection prevention and control efforts.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
The ideal candidate will have clinical experience in infection prevention, providing field-based education and testing as well as engagement with health care facilities and IPC staff. CIC certification preferred.

This is a limited term, at-will position. Limited Term Employees are assigned to assignments not to exceed three years. They receive medical and dental benefits, similar to regular employees, and a defined contribution retirement plan.

Information for current County employees: Current and regular County of San Mateo Employees who are interested in this assignment must submit application materials and compete in the selection process. If you are successful in the selection process and are being considered for the assignment, HR will work directly with you and/or your department for options. Please note that there is no guarantee that you will be allowed by your department to rotate into this assignment nor are your departments obligated to allow you to take on this assignment. The salary range for this position is "as is" and non-negotiable.
Examples Of Duties
  • Review and maintain checklists and line lists.
  • Conduct facility assessments (ICAR), prioritize facility screening and surveillance testing.
  • Update mass testing strategies and other templates and resources to support congregate settings.
  • Participate in and coordinate facility level update calls and meetings.

Qualifications
Licensure/Certification:
  • A California license as a Registered Nurse.
  • A valid Basic Life Support (BLS) certification as specified below.

Education and Experience:
  • Associate Degree in Nursing with two years clinical experience including one year in a clinical specialty area, or
  • Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing or a health-related field with one year of clinical experience including six months in a clinical specialty area, or
  • Master's degree in nursing.

Knowledge of:
  • Advanced principles and practices in specialty areas.
  • Nurse Practice Act.
  • Current nursing and related medical theory and skills necessary to administer nursing care within assigned clinical setting.
  • Safety and infection control practices.
  • Clinical systems, supplies and equipment.
  • Modern principles, techniques, and procedures of nursing.
  • Medical terminology.
  • Use and maintenance of medical instruments and equipment.
  • Use and effects of medicines.
  • Public health principles.
  • Health promotion and disease prevention.
  • Medical research principles and practices.
  • Principles of training and education.
  • Lean principles and methodologies.
  • Data abstraction and utilization.
  • Basic statistics for reporting purposes.
  • Report writing.
  • Regulatory and accreditation requirements for assigned area.

Skill/Ability to:
  • Provide leadership and direction to multi-disciplinary medical teams.
  • Give direction to staff.
  • Evaluate the work of others.
  • Develop and present training and continuing education programs.
  • Design, evaluate, construct and modify research models; carry out research and present findings.
  • Perform the full range of nursing duties and responsibilities.
  • Prepare clear and concise medical record documentation.
  • Write articles for publication on areas of specialty.
  • Identify problems or discrepancies and make suggestions for corrective actions.
  • Teach and orient staff.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationship with patients and staff members.
  • Communicate effectively.

Application/Examination
If you are interested in being considered for this limited term position the following items must be submitted via e-mail:
  • Responses to Supplemental Questions (maximum of 2 pages)
  • Resume
Please include the words Clinical Nurse-Infection Preventionist - Limited Term - Public Health Policy and Planning Position in the subject line of email submission. All submitted materials must be in a Word or PDF format.

Supplemental Questions:
  1. Do you have a current California RN license in good standing? Please provide license number and expiration date.
  2. Describe a time when you provided a health education message to a member of the community. What was the message, how did you choose the target population, how did you communicate the message, and how did you measure the impact of the education? Be specific.
  3. Describe your experience working in a team. How many members were on the team, what was your role, what was the task, what did you learn from the experience? Be specific.
  4. Describe a time you tried to provide a service to someone but they were reluctant to engage with you. What techniques did you use to work with that person and what was the outcome? Be specific.
  5. Describe your experience conducting facility assessments (ICAR). Be specific.
  6. Describe a time you developed a policy or protocol. Discuss the resources referenced, product that was produced, how you customized the message for the audience, and how you measured success.

Please include the words Clinical Nurse-Infection Preventionist-Limited Term-Public Health Policy and Planning Position in the subject line of email submission. All submitted materials must be in a Word or PDF format.

Please submit the above listed materials via email to:

Bonnie Holland RN , Clinical Services Manager II - Nursing- Public Health
bholland@smcgov.org
Application materials will be reviewed as they are received, and well-qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Apply immediately. Application materials will be accepted until position is filled. This posting is open on a continuous basis and selection may be made at any time within the process.

NOTE: Application materials are only accepted via e-mail. Materials sent via regular mail and/or fax will not be accepted. Submittals that do not include all required elements (responses to supplemental questions and a resume) will not be considered.

The County of San Mateo is a diverse, inclusive workplace, where employees are valued and respected for their different perspectives, experiences, backgrounds, and contributions.
We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.


Job Address

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