Infection Control Practitioner
This is a Highly Sensitive Position and a satisfactory Criminal Record Check, along with a clear Vulnerable Sector Check is required.
This employment opportunity is open to all applicants.
Reporting to the Executive Director, Iqaluit Health Services, the Infection Control Practitioner is responsible for the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of the Infection Control Program and its impact on the Disaster and Emergency Planning Program within Iqaluit Health Services to ensure high quality patient care. The Infection Control Practitioner develops and maintains a system of identifying and reporting nosocomial infections; identifies and investigates outbreaks of infections; advises members of the Infection Control Committee of any programs and working with the Committee towards the resolution of infection control problems; develops and maintains infection control policies and procedures through the Infection Control Committee by consulting with all disciplines/departments and facilities on infection control matters and will act as a Chairperson for the Infection Control Committee;
The Infection Control Practitioner develops and maintains a surveillance system for the timely collection, tabulation, analysis and reporting of communicable diseases to identify and deal with risk and outbreak situations to minimize risk to the organization, staff, clients and visitors; provides orientation to all new employees within Iqaluit Health Services on infection control principles, practices through demonstration and discussion; assists with regular staff development for the hospital’s employees regarding new trends, equipment, regulations and procedures that relate to infection control; ensures professional development by keeping up-to-date with literature in the area of infection and in other areas related to Infection Control; prepares and maintains infection control policies, procedures and other appropriate manuals; develops a system for evaluating the effectiveness of the Infection Control Program; performs immunizations as required for the pre-employment immunization program; organizes Tuberculosis skin testing for new employees by liaising with Public Health staff at the start of employment and yearly TB skin testing for existing employees who have never had a positive TB skin test; liaise with Public Health staff and territorial staff for pandemic planning; participates on the many committees such as Patient Safety and Disaster and Emergency Management Committee.
The ideal candidate must have good interpersonal skills; have the ability to prioritize, interpret and respond appropriately to issues; have well-developed problem solving skills; have the ability to keep abreast of infection control procedures and to build on current knowledge; have the ability to work effectively with others as well as independently; have effective oral presentation skills; effective written presentation skills; the ability to lead a team and have familiarity with computers and applicable software (e.g. spreadsheets, word processing, database, Internet) is required.
The knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this job are usually obtained through a recognized Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from a Canadian university and be eligible for registration with the Government of Nunavut or an equivalent combination of education and experience. It is essential that the applicant have post basic education and expertise in the field of Infection Control i.e. Certificate in Infection Control (CIC). You must have a minimum of one year experience in infection control in a hospital setting or Public Health.
Fluency in more than one of Nunavut’s official language is an asset. Knowledge of Inuit language, communities, culture, land and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit is an asset.