All across UW Medicine, our employees collaborate to perform the highest quality work with integrity and compassion and to create a respectful, welcoming environment where every patient, family, student and colleague is valued and honored.
UW Neighborhood Clinics (UWNC) is a network of community-based clinics throughout the Puget Sound region. The clinics offer a wide spectrum of primary care services, as well as secondary care, from pediatrics to geriatrics. Urgent care services are offered seven days a week at select locations. The clinics are consistently recognized for high quality standards by the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care and the National Committee for Quality Assurance Patient-Centered Medical Home Program.
UWNC Administration has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time (100%, 40 hours per week) EMPLOYEE HEALTH NURSE (job profile: Health Program Operations Specialist). The Employee Health Nurse leads UW Neighborhood Clinics (UWNC) in creating a clinical practice environment that is safe for patients and employees and promotes quality patient care. This individual will work as a member of an interdisciplinary team to assure that employee health and safety policy and standards are current and upheld meeting Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and National Commission for Quality Assurance (NCQA) standards. A solid theoretical foundation with a creative positive approach to rapid cycle improvements is essential to support program development. The Nurse must be effective in developing and maintaining strong collaborative relationships with primary care department managers, physicians and staff as well as others within the health care system and community.
Maintain an effective Employee Health Program
Responsible for all pre-employment testing, evaluating the immune status of each employee and vaccination processes as indicated for all new employees according to UWNC policy.
Responsible for the triage and management of potential blood-born exposures, employee illnesses and injuries, as well as disease outbreaks.
Direct new employees in the steps to achieve compliance with UWNC employee health policy.
Organize and oversee annual UWNC employee flu vaccine campaign.
Infection Prevention & Control Practitioner
Responsible for coordinating the infection prevention and control program for UWNC which includes surveillance; analysis of data; developing reports, policies and procedures.
Use epidemiological principles and statistical methods to design, implement and evaluate infection prevention and control strategies.
Serve as the clinical resource for applying and maintaining accreditation and recognition by national certifying bodies for infection prevention.
Provides consultation and education to staff, providers and community leaders in respect to Infection Prevention & Control for UWNC.
Coordinates with the UW Medicine Infection Prevention and Control Committee to determine the direction of surveillance activities and actively evaluates effectiveness of the UWNC Infection Prevention and Control Plan annually.
Serve as the Safety Officer for UWNC
Assists and/or conducts investigations into patient, employee and safety events for the purpose of a rapid response to minimize harm, identify contributing factors and development of policy, procedures and workflows that would avoid such events in the future.
Serves on the UWNC Executive Quality and Safety committee as an ad hoc member.
Represents UWNC on UW Medicine committees and workgroups addressing employee, infection prevention and patient safety
Collaborate with the accreditation team to design and implement improvements necessary to achieve accreditation.
Assess current clinical practices for meeting standards and advise on improvements needed to achieve accreditation.
Participate in establishing a monitoring program to assure standards are maintained once achieved.
Bachelors Degree in Nursing and
4 years experience as a registered nurse
Able to obtain Certification in Infection Prevention within 24 months from first date of employment.
Registered Nurse License in the State of Washington
Valid Washington driver's license
Minimum three to five years of recent progressively responsible administrative work in occupational health nursing and/or an ambulatory care setting.
Extensive facilitation training.
Occupational Environmental Health Nursing, Primary Care Nursing, Ambulatory Care Nursing, Community Health Nursing; Training in Infection Control by a recognized body.
UW Medicine includes Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center - Montlake, UW Medical Center - Northwest, Valley Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine, and Airlift Northwest.
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