The San Mateo Medical Center is seeking a qualified Registered Nurse (RN) for the Part-Time (0.5FTE) Limited-Term position of Clinical Nurse Infection Control. The successful hire is responsible for assisting and coordinating the Infection Control Program throughout the Medical Center and outpatient clinics. Under the direction of the Infection Control Manager performs surveillance activities and supports Employee Health functions. Employee health functions include counseling and tracking of Infectious exposures and maintaining employee health records. The ideal candidate will have clinical experience in an acute hospital setting. Bachelors in nursing preferred. Experience in Infection Control or Employee Health as a RN is also preferred.Under general supervision, work in collaboration with other members of the health care team to provide, enhance or improve health care delivery to a specific patient population by evaluating nursing practices, developing methodologies and implementing standards of care, providing consultative services and by assessing and addressing patient and staff educational needs, in one or more clinical specialty areas. DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICSPositions in this class are located in hospitals and are characterized by advanced educational preparation and expertise in one or more clinical areas. They function in the combined roles of: Leader, whereby they provide direction to interdisciplinary patient care delivery in the area of their specialty;Educator, whereby they evaluate and address the learning/educational needs of the patients and families in relation to their health problems and provide formal or informal education, in the area of their specialty, for nursing staff;Consultant, whereby in using their comprehensive knowledge of clinical theory, practice and new concepts in their specialty, they serve as resource persons for the multidisciplinary hospital staff;Researcher, whereby they develop, coordinate and facilitate new concepts, principles and nursing methodologies in their specialty and the health care delivery system, and evaluate their impact on the field.The current vacancy is a limited term, at-will position. Limited Term Employees are assigned to assignments not to exceed 3 years. They receive medical and dental benefits, similar to regular employees, and a defined contribution retirement plan. The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies. INFORMATION FOR CURRENT COUNTY EMPLOYEESCurrent and regular San Mateo County Employees who are interested in this assignment must submit an application and compete in the recruitment process. If you are successful in the recruitment 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: Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:Identify problem situations or issues in patient care; analyze, interpret, advise and consult with staff and other health care professionals to provide high quality, contemporary care.Interpret and modify the system of patient care delivered by evaluating and reviewing standard practices and initiating new procedures.Provide consultation and guidance to all levels of the nursing staff pertinent to patient care problems within the field of specialty.Advise the nursing staff in the establishment and maintenance of records of treatments given and the related progress of each patient for the purpose of analyzing patterns, synthesizing actions and evaluating patient care plans.Resolve unusual or unique patient care problems or situations which require analytical, interpretative and constructive thinking.Formulate and develop plans, procedures and program content designed to meet specifically identified training/educational needs of nursing staff.Conduct formal classroom instruction in the more difficult or complex areas of nursing technology requiring a knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles and theoretical concepts underlying specific nursing procedures or techniques.Formulate, and/or collaborate with other health care practitioners to identify relevant clinical problems and conduct research to bring about their resolution.Communicate research findings by publication and presentation at professional meetings.Evaluate nursing research literature and own research findings for implementation and incorporation as appropriate, into patient care activities.Prepare formal and informal descriptive articles in the specialty area for publication in national periodicals or for use in staff meetings.Serve as role model and resource person for staff and members of the interdisciplinary team.Perform related duties as assigned.QUALIFICATIONS 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.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. Infection and Disease Control Prevention Nurse - Must have knowledge of and verifiable experience in surveillance and epidemiology. Must be certified in California as Infectious Disease Control Prevention Nurse within 2 years from the date of appointment.Licensure/Certification: Possession of a California license as a Registered Nurse or equivalent. APPLICATION/EXAMINATION Anyone may apply. Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "APPLY" button above or below to apply. If you are not on the County's website, please go to http://jobs.smcgov.org to apply. Online applications must be received by the Human Resources Department before midnight on the final filing date. This is a continuous recruitment which may close at any time. The final filing date will be posted 5 days in advance in the San Mateo County Human Resources Department.A supplemental application form must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. The examination will consist of a scored evaluation of relevant training and experience (weight: 100%) based solely on the responses to the supplemental questions. All applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. Effective July 1, 2014, the County of San Mateo will no longer require job applicants to disclose conviction history information until after the applicant successfully completes all examination phases for the recruitment. All passing applicants will receive instructions by email only from Human Resources staff to complete and submit a conviction history questionnaire online within a specified deadline of two business days. Failure to do so within the timeframe will disqualify you from the rest of the process. Apply immediately. This recruitment is open on a continuous basis and selections may be made at any time within the process.Please visit this link at http://hr.smcgov.org/conviction-information-applicants-faqs to find out more information about the conviction history questionnaire so that you can prepare accordingly.San Mateo County is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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