Infection Prevention Resource RN I
Harris Health is a nationally recognized health system comprising three teaching hospitals and an extensive network of ambulatory care centers serving the people of Harris County, Texas, since 1966. Staffed by the faculty, fellows and residents from two nationally ranked medical schools, Baylor College of Medicine and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), Harris Health is the first healthcare system in Houston to receive the prestigious National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) designation for its network of patient-centered medical homes.
Each year, Harris Health provides more than 1.8 million total outpatient visits through its more than 40 ambulatory care facilities. Additionally, Harris Health sees more than 177,000 emergency visits at its Level 1 and Level 3 trauma centers and 35,000 hospital admissions through its two hospitals: Ben Taub and LBJ.
Established by voter referendum to enhance the level of charity care available in the community, Harris Health System has often received national recognition for serving those in need and for its achievements in operational excellence, such as being named to the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Most Wired Hospitals lists by the American Hospital Association’s Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.
Additionally, Harris Health System is pleased that each of its hospitals — Ben Taub and Lyndon B. Johnson — achieved Pathway to Excellence™ designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Skills / Requirements
The Infection Prevention Resource Nurse (IPRN I) collaborates with department/unit leadership to assess, plan, develop, implement and evaluate education activities, competency validation, clinical care, programs and initiatives for the assigned department/units/service line. Serves as resource in infection control and epidemiological issues. The IPRN I demonstrates proficient clinical knowledge and skills and effective teaching/education skills and supports system level infection prevention and education nursing initiatives.
The IPRN I supports leadership within the department including: quality improvement activities and resource accountability. The IPRN I exemplify professionalism and promotes a customer-friendly environment by utilizing ServiceFIRST behaviors in interactions with patients, families, and staff members.
The IPRN I facilitates an environment that cultivates exemplary patient care. As a member of the nursing leadership team, the IPRN I establishes a setting that supports professional nursing practice and empowers nurses to provide safe, effective, compassionate and efficient nursing care in collaboration with all health care disciplines. The IPRN I facilitates enculturation of the Harris Health System Nursing Professional Practice Model (NPPM), its goals and achievement of targeted outcomes at the unit/department level. The IPRN I supports compliance with standards established by professional nursing organizations; national, state, and local regulatory agencies and institutional policies and procedures. The IPRN I holds high standards of integrity and ethical behavior, mentors others, role models professionalism, and participates in activities such as nursing organizations, nursing research, infection prevention organizations, and the community.
1. Education/Licensure/Specialized Training:
i. Graduation from an accredited School of Nursing with a Bachelor's degree in Nursing is required.
i. Licensed to practice nursing in the State of Texas.
ii. Related specialty certification required within two years of employment.
2. Work Experience: Three (3) years of work experience in related clinical area of practice is required.
3. Management/Experience: Two (2) years related clinical/leadership experience is preferred.
1. Communication Skills:
Above Average Verbal (Heavy Public Contact)
Exceptional Verbal (e.g., Public Speaking)
Writing /Composing (Correspondence / Reports)
2. Other Skills:
Analytical Design Medical Terms
PC Research Statistical
3. Advanced Education:
Specialty: Certification in infection control required within two years
Bachelor's Degree Major: Nursing
4. Work Schedule:
On Call Eligible for Telecommute
5. Other Requirements: N/A