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Infection Control - Nurse Educator - Palomar Rehabilitation InstituteEscondido, California

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Job # 390516 Date posted 11/02/2020


Infection Control & Nurse Educator

Palomar Rehabilitation Institute - Escondido, CA

Kindred Healthcare and Palomar Health have signed a Joint Venture and recently celebrated the groundbreaking of a new acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital. The two-story, 58,000-square-foot facility will feature 52 inpatient beds and is located on the campus of

Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, California.

The new hospital will offer treatment services to a variety of rehabilitation patient types, including brain injury and stroke patients. This will be San Diego County’s first standalone rehabilitation hospital. Expected to open in 2021, this facility comes as Palomar and Kindred continues to run its existing inpatient rehabilitation program, which has been run by Kindred since 2000.

Our culture of caring for our patients and residents begin with our core values – our employees.  We are committed to fostering professional growth and dedicated healthcare teams that make us the provider of choice.  We embrace a diverse workforce and understand that hiring outstanding people is the key to providing quality care – and quality care is what we do every day!  

The Infection Control / Nurse Education Coordinator (ICEC) assumes responsibility and accountability for the hospital-wide Continuous Quality and Performance Improvement program. The DQM will assist the CEO/leadership and Medical Staff to establish priorities for Performance Improvement.He/she ensures that disciplines in the hospital work collaboratively to plan and implement Performance Improvement activities. The ICEC will focus on measuring, analyzing and trending information in order to improve outcomes.He/she will assure ongoing monitoring of performance to ensure that improvements are sustained.The ICEC will direct and assist in compliance with federal and state regulations and accreditation standards.

Assumes responsibility and accountability for the surveillance of infections and for the hospital Infection Prevention and Control Program.In collaboration with hospital leadership, develops implements and evaluates the Infection Control Program.


  • Meets all competencies required for registered nurse.

  • Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates education programs and orientation of staff, students, volunteers and contracted nursing staff.

  • Consistently provides input into individual staff development during the orientation process and on an ongoing basis.

  • Designs individualized orientations based upon specific position and assessment of competency.

  • Participates in establishing goals, objectives, policies and procedures for staff development.

  • Ensures competency of all preceptors and participates in matching preceptors with new employees.

  • Evaluates educational needs of staff through various methods including QI programs, safety occurrence monitoring, changes in patient population served, and annual needs assessment.

  • Assesses, plans, develops, implements and evaluates ongoing competencies of staff based on need.

  • Supports and aligns educational activities with best practice initiatives and hospital’s quality improvement process.

  • Serves as clinical education resource on current practices and procedures within the hospital.

  • In collaboration with hospital leadership and personnel from applicable departments or services, reviews and revises the program to improve outcomes.

  • Responsible for coordination of CPR training and ensuring staff is compliant with current certifications

  • Works at maintaining a good rapport and a cooperative working relationship with physicians, departments and staff.

  • Demonstrates ability to work collaboratively and lead work groups, committees and individual staff in organized and efficient manor to accomplish expected goals and outcomes.

  • Demonstrates flexibility of schedule and utilizes creative strategies to meet the learning needs of staff on all shifts.

  • Partners with CNO and Nurse Manager to promote individual and team accountability for learning.

  • Functions as a resource for new staff as necessary during orientation period and ongoing as demonstrated through feedback tools from employee and preceptor.

  • Develops reviews and recommends reference material based upon assessed needs of staff.

  • Communicates and collaborates with colleagues on developing education standards, plans and initiatives.

  • Individualizes and coordinates learning opportunities by using multiple strategies based on content, audience and complexity. Applies adult learning principles.

  • Communicates the mission, ethics and goals of the hospital, as well as the focus statement of the department.

  • Along with HR, ensures staff education records are up to date.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Graduation from an accredited Bachelors of Science in Nursing, Associate Degree in Nursing or Nursing Diploma program.Bachelors or Masters strongly preferred.

  • Current state licensure as Registered Nurse.

  • Demonstrated experience planning, coordinating, evaluating and/or directing educational activities of clinical personnel

  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience as a bedside RN

  • CPR/BCLS certification. ACLS preferred.

  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.

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