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Infection Control Practitioner (PHN), Health Protection Division, Infectious Disease Prevention Department, Windsor-Essex County Health Unit

Windsor, Ontario
Deadline February 24, 2017
Full-Time, Permanent (ONA 08)

Overall Job Responsibility:

Reporting to the Manager of Infectious Disease Prevention, the Public Health Nurse (PHN) is responsible for the application of the nursing process to assure the effective control of infectious diseases as it relates to the Ontario Public Health Standards (2008) and the Infectious Diseases Protocol (2016).  The nurse works with individuals, families, groups and the community according to the Institutional/Facility Outbreak Prevention and Control Protocol (2016) as well as the Windsor Essex County Health unit Outbreak Management Program specific plans, policies and procedures.

The Infection Control Practitioner (ICP) combines knowledge from infection control science, public health science and nursing science.  The ICP provides expert knowledge and guidance in epidemiology and infection prevention and control issues to reduce the risk of transmission and incidence of infections in healthcare and community settings as well as within the health unit.
This position supports the on-going operations of the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.
The successful candidate must work in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and all policies and procedures of the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit and contribute as an active member of the Occupational Health and Safety Committee.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

All competencies apply to the infection prevention and control practice areas including epidemiology, surveillance, statistics, prevention and control strategies, and disease and outbreak management.

The list of duties is not all-inclusive and may be modified as public health programs change and as health unit need requires.
Responsibilities include:

  • Planning, evaluation, data collection, education and training related to infectious diseases prevention and control activities
  • Collaboration and community stakeholder engagement and education related to infectious disease control
  • Participate and support in outbreak investigation and management activities
  • Develop policies, procedures, processes related to infection prevention and control practices
  • Develop resources, materials, tools on infection prevention control practices for both internal and external partners utilizing an evidenced based approach
  • Support case and contact management to ensure  accordance with the Ministry guidelines and WECHU program policy and procedures
  • Adhere to current Ministry case definitions for reporting of communicable diseases via iPHIS (Integrated Public Health Information System)
  • Maintain appropriate liaison with community physicians, infection control nurses, laboratories, nursing and lodging home operators, as well as other relevant community partners as required
  • Provide education, guidance and/or referral to those who call the WECHU regarding non-reportable infectious diseases
  • Ensure information on the WECHU web site as related to infectious disease is current and accurate
  • Provide other related activities as required throughout Windsor and Essex County

Position Qualifications:

Education, training, & experience

  • Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from an accredited University
  • Registered with the College of Nurses of Ontario
  • Certification in Infection Prevention and Control (CIC)
  • Two years recent experience in a hospital setting or in public health programs with experience in infectious disease.
  • Previous experience working as a Registered Nurse

Other Requirements:

  • Working knowledge of Ontario Public Health Standards
  • Proficiency with current computer applications (Examples: Microsoft Office-Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet; E-mail)
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively within an interdisciplinary team
  • Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize workloads
  • Satisfactory police information search
  • CPR/PAD current certification
  • Some evening and weekend work may be necessary
  • The ability to communicate fluently in French would be an asset
  • Required to be available for redeployment to  health units to assist with outbreak management
  • A valid Ontario Driver’s Licence, access to a reliable motor vehicle during working hours, and 2 million dollars in liability insurance

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit will provide accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process. If selected to participate in the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, please inform Human Resources staff of the nature of any accommodation(s) that you may require.

Application Process:

Qualified applicants are invited to forward a resume in confidence by email to with Reference #4, Attention: Dan Sibley, Manager, Human Resources before 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 24, 2017.