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Madison County Infection Prevention Officer in Virginia City, Montana

Infection Prevention Officer (Open Positions: 1)

Location: Madison Valley Manor Care Center, Ennis, MT, Ennis, MT 59729

Department: Madison Valley Manor Care Center, Ennis, MT

Job Status: Part-Time

Status: Until Filled

Details: This is a part-time position. Wages: DOE Apply Now (

Position Overview

Work Unit Overview: The Infection Prevention Officer’s primary mission is to establish and maintain an Infection Prevention and Control Program (IPCP) designed to provide a safe, sanitary and comfortable environment and to help prevent the development and transmission of communicable diseases and infections.

Job Summary: The Infection Prevention Officer (IPO) is responsible for the IPCP. This includes developing, maintaining, and training facility staff on written standards, policies, and procedures required by state and federal laws and regulations. The IPO has the authority to institute infection control measures established through organizational policy and procedures. The IPO may establish isolation or other special precautions, visitor restrictions, and outbreak control measures.

Job Responsibilities

• Develops and implements an ongoing infection prevention and control program (IPCP). • Establishes facility-wide systems for the prevention, identification, investigation and control of infections of residents, staff, and visitors. • Develop and implement written policies and procedures for infection control. • Current knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations that apply to infection control. • Utilize a system for recording incidents identified under the facility’s IPCP and the corrective actions taken by the facility. • Participates and reports on a regular basis on the IPCP at the facility’s quality assessment and assurance committee as an active member. • Collaborates with the Medical Director on specific facility concerns. • Oversee the antibiotic stewardship program. • Demonstrates knowledge of and respect for the rights, dignity and individuality of each resident in all interactions. Demonstrates competency in the protection and promotion of resident rights.

Non-Essential Functions: • Routine contact with other departments and continual contact with the residents, general public, and other staff members. • Moderate problem solving is a factor in this position as the employee will be completing multiple tasks while working with staff, residents and public. • Moderate decision making is a factor in this position. • Promote cost effectiveness through the proper use and conservation of supplies and equipment. Identify cost saving measures. • Prioritize tasks and ensure that essential tasks are completed. • Responsible for completing documentation that is essential to maintain funding and services. • Attend workshops, seminars and educational sessions to keep updated on changes in assigned area of responsibility. • May require occasional evening or weekend work hours. • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities - The job requires knowledge of physical, biological and behavioral sciences; assessment, planning, intervention and evaluation practices; medical and patient care practices. Must be willing to learn principles and practice of Infection Control, educational and learning theories, health psychology theories, facility assessments, and program implementation and evaluation. The job requires excellent verbal and written communication skills; analytical skills necessary to prepare program documents, coordinate and implement effective infection prevention; and to develop solutions to problems concerning a patient's physical or environmental well-being. Knowledge of HIPAA regulations; resident rights and confidentiality requirements, work independently in a dependable manner; be able to effectively deal with stress. Requires skills in public relations, organizing and prioritizing work; and in developing approaches to infection prevention and control issues that have an impacts on residents, staff, and stakeholders. The job requires the ability to exercise independent professional judgment, to collaborate with others as needed, evaluate practices, to project a positive image of the facility, and to work effectively with staff in all departments. The job may be performed with the expectation of 10 hours in the facility and remainder of the hours done remotely at the discretion of the Administrator.

Supervision Exercised - Supervision Exercised: The Infection Prevention Officer (IPO) will monitor staff with patients and the environment, ensuring duties completed are performed in compliance with infection prevention. May delegate certain monitoring responsibilities to other facility staff. The monitoring of infections and the infectious process is a facility-wide responsibility. The IPO will oversee the IPCP.

Physical Requirements

• Frequently required to walk, sit, talk, and hear. • Occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, push and reach. • Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. • Work occurs in long-term care environment. • Duties may require exposure to hostile, emotionally disturbed or mentally ill persons and/or confrontational interpersonal situations. • Travel by auto within Madison County to work in County Long-Term Care Facilities. • May involve occasional exposure to pathogens, which requires knowledge of basic infection control and safety procedures.

Education Requirements

The job requires primary professional training in nursing, medical technology, microbiology, epidemiology, or another related field with (2) years’ experience. The IPO is qualified by education, training, experience or certification. Specialized training in infection prevention and control within the first six (6) moths of hire. The job requires possession of a valid Montana driver’s license and a current CPR certification. Current knowledge in the field of infectious disease and epidemiology is preferred. Must maintain a good citizen court record free of abusing, neglecting or mistreating individuals in a health care related setting.

Job Advertisement

Infection Prevention Officer Revised 2.14.22.pdf


The job requires freedom from illegal use of drugs and freedom from use and effects of drugs and alcohol in the workplace. Persons who have been found guilty by a court of law of abusing, neglecting or mistreating individuals in a health care setting are ineligible for employment in this position. Criminal Background Investigation is required as part of the Conditional Offer of Employment. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. Testing: Individual hiring departments at Madison County may elect to administer pre-employment tests/screenings, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility: All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at Madison County, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9). Job Notice: The responsibilities outlined in this job notice have been designed to indicate the general nature and level of performance for this position. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this position. Madison County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Madison County does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, religion, creed, disability, marital status, sex, political belief (in government) or retaliation.