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Infection Prevention & Control Nurse

Site Mercy Ships

Mercy Ships is hiring an Infection Prevention & Control Nurse (IPC).

On board the Africa Mercy (Hospital Ship) 
Minimum commitment: 12 weeks
Typical Service commitment: 3 – 12 months
Starting in November 2019

Summary Description

Responsibilities include collecting, analyzing, and providing infection data and trends to nursing staff and health care practitioners; consulting on infection risk assessment, prevention and control strategies; providing education and training; and implementing evidencebased infection control practices, including those mandated by regulatory and licensing agencies and guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Essential Duties and Responsibilities (include but not limited to)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily:

Policies and Procedures:

  • Ship policies and procedures governing Infection Prevention and Control shall be reviewed periodically and revised as needed to conform to current standards of practice or to address specific Ship concerns
  • Update procedures and isolation strategies in conjunction with Infection Prevention Control Committee (IPCC) and in accordance with current professional standards of practice, guidelines and regulations, to reduce the risk factors of potential infection transmission


  • Undertake process and/or outcome surveillance activities to identify infections that are causing, or have the potential to cause an outbreak;
  • Collect, record and analyze data, and liaise with members of the IPCC (and others as necessary) to identify opportunities to reduce risk of transmission of infection
  • Document observations related to the causes of infection and/or infection trends
  • Implement measures to prevent the transmission of infectious agents and to reduce risks for device and procedure-related infections, and evaluate outcomes
  • Two types of surveillance (process and outcome) shall be implemented
  • Process surveillance
  • Review practices directly related to patient care in order to identify whether the practices comply with established IPC procedures and policies based on recognized guidelines
  • Examples of this type of surveillance include: audits to monitor the compliance of transmission based precautions, proper hand hygiene, and the correct use and disposal of PPE for health care crew, patients and visitors
  • Process surveillance determines, for example, whether the Hospital:
  • Minimizes exposure to a potential source of infection
  • Uses appropriate hand hygiene prior to and after all procedures
  • Appropriately uses Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when indicated
  • Outcome surveillance
  • Outcome surveillance is designed to identify and report evidence of an infection
  • The Infection Prevention and Control Committee will define how often and by what means surveillance data will be collected
  • Monitor the implementation of the program, its effectiveness, the condition of any patient and/or crew member, and the resolution of the infection and/or outbreak is an integral part of the IPC nurse’s role in conjunction with the IPCC

Data analysis:

  • Determine current IPC surveillance data (including the incidence, or prevalence of infections and staff practices),and evaluate whether processes or practices to enhance infection prevention to minimize the potential for transmission of infections need to be adapted or changed. In time, monitor effectiveness by tracking trends
  • Surveillance reports will be made in conjunction with the International Chief Medical Officer, Chief Medical Officer and Hospital Director and should be shared with the IPC Committee. In addition, staff and practitioners should receive reports that are relevant to their practices to help them recognize the impact of their care on infection rates and outcome; a communication strategy for this will be adhered to


  • Serve as a knowledgeable and available resource on evidence based infection control practices and policies to health care personnel, patients, visitors and general crew.
  • Initial and ongoing infection control education shall be provided to assist staff to comply with infection control practices. Updates in education and training are to be appropriated when policies and procedures are revised or when there is a special circumstance, such as an outbreak, that requires modification or replacement of current practices. In addition to education regarding general infection control principles, some infection control training is discipline and task specific (e.g. insertion of urinary catheters, suctioning, intravenous care,etc.)
  • Plan, organize, develop and implement educational programs for all crew; Essential topics of infection control training may include, but not be limited to routes of disease transmission, hand hygiene, PPE donning and doffing, disposal and sanitation procedures, transmissionbased precaution techniques, and increased awareness within any outbreaks
  • Increase the awareness of existence of Health Care Associated Infection (HAI’s) infections to hospital crew; including preventive measures and techniques to reduce risk of transmission to provide a safe environment for both patients and crew
  • The IPC Nurse will work in conjunction with the Ward and OR Educators to provide this

Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Requirements)

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required:

  • Supportive of Mercy Ships mission and vision, and committed to its core values
  • Able to live in and contribute to community life, requiring stable and healthy interpersonal skills
  • Understand and apply servant leadership, work collaboratively with integrity and demonstrate accountability
  • Knowledge of Hospital procedures, standards, and equipment
  • Strong administrative & leadership skills with experience in Microsoft Office
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Self-starter, detail-oriented, and accurate, with a desire to achieve organizational goals
  • Excellent relational skills with the ability to lead and motivate volunteers
  • International Driver’s License required (Purchase prior to travel if necessary)

Education and Experience

The requirements listed below are representative of the education and/or experience required:

  • Mercy Ships alumni preferred, but not required
  • Commitments 12 months or longer require successful completion of OnBoarding program
  • Registered Nurse (or International equivalent) with BSN preferred, or Masters in Public Health (MPH), or Certified Medical Technologist, or Bachelor’s degree in microbiology or epidemiology
  • Association for Practitioners in Infection Control (APIC), training course or equivalent
  • Certification in Infection Control (CIC) is preferred
  • Current Basic Life Support certification is required; ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) and PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) are optional
  • Minimum of 5 years clinical experience in a hospital setting or disease surveillance experience in a public health setting.

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