Austin Health is the major provider of tertiary health services, health professional education and research across 3 campuses in the northeast of Melbourne and state-wide. Austin Health is world-renowned for its research and specialist work in cancer, liver transplantation, spinal cord injuries, neurology, endocrinology, mental health and rehabilitation.
An exciting opportunity currently exists for an enthusiastic and highly experienced Nurse Manager – Infection Control to join our Infection Control Team.
Details of Department:
The Infection Control team is a dynamic group of infection control practitioners who provide an expert and evidence-based consultancy across Austin Health.
The primary objective of the Infection Control Department is to support the provision of a microbiologically safe environment for patients, staff and visitors to Austin Health.
The team is co-located with the Infectious Diseases Department, with clinical oversight and leadership provided in concert by the Nurse Manager and the Medical Lead-Infection Control together with the Infectious Diseases Department.
Infectious Diseases & Infection Control span a broad range of sub-specialities and activities, including infection prevention & control, screening for multi-resistant pathogens, Reusable Medical Devices, Antimicrobial Stewardship, COVID Screening, Infectious Diseases and COVID-19 inpatient and outpatient services, COVID-19 Vaccination Programs, Antibiotic Allergy services, Specialist Immunology Services and Genomics.
The Infection Control Department is part of the Medical Services Division, supported by the Executive structure, including Divisional Management, Finance Business partnership, Quality and Safety Leadership and the Divisional Director and Divisional Medical Director
Details of position/position requirements:
The Nurse Manager-Infection Control is recognised as the leader of the Infection Control nursing team, and who models the core values of Austin Health through effective leadership and management of the team and their outcomes.
They are responsible for ensuring the delivery of evidence-based nursing care that meets professional, organisational, legal and ethical standards in order to optimise health outcomes for the community. In addition, they have key organisational role in the delivery of actions relating to the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (NSQHS), with a focus on Standard 3.
The Nurse Manager is responsible for fostering a positive culture, driving change, a safe working environment and the effective utilisation of financial resources within a cycle of continuous service improvement. An effective and successful Nurse Manager-Infection Control, must be able to demonstrate the core skills of a manager and clinical leadership of an advanced Infection Control practitioner.
To be successful in this role you must demonstrate:
Essential Knowledge and skills:
- Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
- Post graduate qualifications in Infection Control or Hospital/Clinical Epidemiology
- Proven leadership and management skills, including evidence of the ability to develop and manage a high-performing clinical team
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the proven ability to relate effectively to people at all levels within an organisation
- Well-developed written and verbal communication skills with the ability to write reports and develop and implement policy and procedures
- Demonstrated ability to introduce and manage change successfully
- Current Victorian Drivers Licence
- Demonstrate proficiency in clinical risk assessment and decision making in relation to transmission of infectious diseases
- Expertise in managing the risk of infections acquired from the healthcare environment
- Experience preparing for and/or managing emerging infectious disease threats such as Ebola virus or pandemic influenza
- Highly skilled in outbreak investigation and management
- Proficiency in electronic data storage and management
- Demonstrated leadership in healthcare accreditation and delivery on Standard 3 action items
- Current Working with Children Check
Desirable but not essential:
- Higher research degree (e.g. PhD, MPH)
- Accredited HIV and Hepatitis C counsellor or prepared to work towards same
- Accredited Nurse Immuniser
- Previous leadership in a research or quality improvement project
- Experience in developing and implementing infection prevention and control practices in other healthcare and residential care settings e.g. nursing homes.
- Understanding of AS4187 and its application to Infection Control
Work with us! Your reward is to work in a collaborative environment which will provide you with opportunities for ongoing training and development. Your benefits will include salary packaging, and employee assistance program.
All appointments are made subject to a satisfactory National Police Check conducted by Austin Health and if required, a Working With Children Check.
Austin Health is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce that reflects the community we serve. Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged.
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