Tri-City Medical Center - Oceanside, California

infection Control RN

Job Summary

infection control rn

We are looking for a registered nurse to step into the role of Infection Control RN at Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside, California. You will be part of a team and will report to the Director of Quality, who reports to the Chief Medical Officer. 

You will be required to be a registered nurse and have your Bachelors degree in Nursing. You will need at least 2 years of clinical experience and knowledge of medical terminology in order to read and abstract data. 

tri-city medical center

Tri-City Medical Center has served San Diego County’s coastal communities of Carlsbad, Oceanside and Vista, as well as the surrounding region for more than 60 years and is one of the largest employers in North San Diego County. Tri-City is administered by the Tri-City Healthcare District, a California Hospital District, and is a full-service acute care hospital with over 500 physicians practicing in over 60 specialties. The hospital has received a Gold Seal of Approval® from the Joint Commission showcasing a commitment to safe and effective patient care for the residents of the community.

Tri-City Medical Center prides itself on being the home to leading orthopedic, spine and cardiovascular health services while also specializing in world-class women’s health, robotic surgery, cancer and emergency care. Tri-City’s Emergency Department is there for your loved ones in their time of need and is highly regarded for our heart attack and stroke treatment programs. The hospital operates a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and partners with over 50 local non-profit and community organizations as part of their COASTAL Commitment initiative.

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oceanside, ca


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Leapfrog Hospital Safety Scores

tri-city medical center

MeasureThe Hospital’s ScoreWorst Performing HospitalAvg. Performing HospitalBest Performing HospitalData SourceTime Period Covered
Dangerous object left in patient’s body What’s This?0.0000.3730.020.000CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
Air or gas bubble in the blood What’s This?0.0000.642.00160.000CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
Patient falls and injuries What’s This?0.2592.0140.410.000CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
Infection in the blood What’s This?1.7974.9701.110.0002022 Leapfrog Hospital Survey01/01/2021 – 12/31/2021
Infection in the urinary tract What’s This?2.7873.5170.900.0002022 Leapfrog Hospital Survey01/01/2021 – 12/31/2021
Surgical site infection after colon surgery What’s This?1.3212.9410.800.0002022 Leapfrog Hospital Survey01/01/2021 – 12/31/2021
MRSA Infection What’s This?0.6844.2871.130.0002022 Leapfrog Hospital Survey01/01/2021 – 12/31/2021
C. diff. Infection What’s This?0.8821.8440.490.0002022 Leapfrog Hospital Survey01/01/2021 – 12/31/2021
Death from treatable serious complications What’s This?158.19206.37159.6895.65CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
Harmful Events What’s This?0.913.341.000.60CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Dangerous bed sores What’s This? *0.168.780.580.04CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Collapsed lung What’s This? *0.260.480.230.12CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Falls causing broken hips What’s This? * – 12/31/2019
      Blood Leakage What’s This? *2.265.582.541.26CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Kidney injury after surgery What’s This? *1.523.451.420.58CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Serious breathing problem What’s This? *6.1617.095.171.66CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Dangerous blood clot What’s This? *2.398.413.611.65CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Sepsis infection after surgery What’s This? *6.029.734.962.31CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Surgical wound splits open What’s This? *0.831.540.860.57CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Accidental cuts and tears What’s This? *1.253.971.210.37CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
* This measure is a part of the Harmful Events Composite and is not used for scoring.

Process measures include the management structures and procedures a hospital has in place to protect patients from errors, accidents, and injuries.

MeasureThe Hospital’s ScoreWorst Performing HospitalAvg. Performing HospitalBest Performing HospitalData SourceTime Period Covered
Doctors order medications through a computer What’s This?100587.001002022 Leapfrog Hospital Survey2022
Safe medication administration What’s This?75587.031002022 Leapfrog Hospital Survey2022
Specially trained doctors care for ICU patients What’s This?100566.831002022 Leapfrog Hospital Survey2022
Effective leadership to prevent errors What’s This?110.770.00116.32120.002022 Leapfrog Hospital Survey2022
Staff work together to prevent errors What’s This?120.000.00115.24120.002022 Leapfrog Hospital Survey2022
Enough qualified nurses What’s This?100.000.0097.86100.002022 Leapfrog Hospital Survey2022
Handwashing What’s This?1001569.551002022 Leapfrog Hospital Survey2022
Communication with nurses What’s This?866990.1597CMS10/01/2020 – 09/30/2021
Communication with doctors What’s This?877490.0297CMS10/01/2020 – 09/30/2021
Responsiveness of hospital staff What’s This?805781.9194CMS10/01/2020 – 09/30/2021
Communication about medicines What’s This?705474.9789CMS10/01/2020 – 09/30/2021
Communication about discharge What’s This?866485.5195CMS10/01/2020 – 09/30/2021

Hospital Leadership

MEET THE staff

Larry B. Anderson


Cristina S. Ballesteros

Director of HR

Jessica Rojas

Strategic Recruiter

Official job description

infection control rn -
tri-city medical center

Position Summary:
The Infection Control RN is responsible for collection and accurate input of information into infection control databases. Understands and applies Federal, State, County and JCAHO standards related to infection control. Updates and distributes accurate infection control policies and communications. Identifies and responds to infection control issues in a timely manner. This position will contribute to improvements in hospital-wide processes related to Infection Control.

Major Position Responsibilities:
– Responsible for abstracting data from the medical record document for the infection control program’s targeted surveillance and epidemiologic investigations.
– Performs initial screening of microbiology reports, sorting for community vs. possible facility-acquired infections, and identifying pertinent ICD-9 codes for procedures and/or devices.
– Finds pertinent clinical information in inpatient, emergency department, and out-patient medical records using compass and paper formats.
– Able to correctly apply the CDC definitions of infection for an accurate comparison of TCMC rates with the National Nosocomial Infection Survey (NNIS).
– Surveillance is conducted in a timely manner so that potential infection control issues can be identified early.
– Maintains databases according to department need using Affinity, Excel and other spreadsheet programs. Double-checks all data elements for completeness and accuracy.
– Uses clinical expertise and knowledge to suggest changes to improve surveillance program.
– Understands basic concepts such as the transmission of infections and uses appropriate resources (internet, intranet, journals and textbooks) to correctly answer questions from patients, facility staff, volunteers, students, and visitors. Directs more difficult questions to appropriate hospital staff or public health services.
– Reports to internal staff and external agencies per policies, regulations and standards.
– Ensures confidentiality of protected patient information.
– Responsible for completing Communicable Disease Reports (CMR) per Title 17 and hospital policies.
– Assists with reporting of diseases to other facilities and outside agencies as required by JCAHO Standards and State and Federal laws.
– Ensures that Leadership has current information on JCAHO Standards and Federal, State, and County requirements pertaining to infection control.
– Responsible for tracking the Infection Control Manual policy revisions. Communicates with internal staff related to due dates and placement of current policies on the intranet.
– Completes special projects as assigned.

Safety and Infection Control Responsibilities:
Responsible to maintain a safe and clean work environment, including unit based specific safety and infection control requirements.

Minimum of two (2) years’ experience in Infection Prevention, preferred.
Knowledge of medical terminology to read and abstract data, required.
Minimum of two years clinical experience as an RN required.
Knowledge of the principles and practice of hospital infection prevention and control/epidemiology, infectious diseases, required.
Knowledge and skill to independently and collaboratively plan, develop, implement and evaluate infection control policies and procedures, preferred.
Must be highly organized, accurate and meticulous.
Ability to work autonomously, set priorities and meet timely deadlines.
Computer proficiency required.

RN degree, required.
BSN, required.

Current California RN license, required

Each new hire candidate who is offered employment must pass a physical evaluation, urine drug screen and pre-employment background checks before starting work.

*Salary/Hourly Wage range based on experience.

Tri-City Healthcare District has been serving the North County region for almost 60 years and remains committed to providing high quality healthcare and community services for every individual we encounter regardless of race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability or socioeconomic status.

Our mission is to advance the health and wellness of the community we serve. In order to achieve our mission, we see, hear and listen to our front line healthcare workers, employees, medical staff and all community stakeholders in order to understand and meet our community’s needs.

To protect the health of patients and staff, and to comply with the new State of California mandates, all job offers are contingent on the successful engagement in the TCMC COVID-19 vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral.)

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Most frequent questions and answers

Yes. All of our open positions come with some sort of relocation allowance to help with the expenses of relocating. 

Yes. We will prep you for every interview you take. We know what our clients are looking for, so we will let you know what to expect and what experiences and accomplishments you should be sure to communicate to them in an interview.

Yes. If you connect us with another Infection Prevention professional that is interested in this position, and ultimately gets hired – we will send you a $500 referral bonus. 

Of course. We work to get you the highest possibly financial package – and communicate our progress throughout the process. We are financially incentivized to get you the most lucrative offer possible. 

Absolutely. We will review your resume before we submit it to the client to make sure it communicates everything it needs to.

First, everything we offer to our candidates is completely FREE. 

We operate as advisors and consultants for your Infection Prevention career. We’ve recruited in this industry for a long time and understand the profession as well as anyone.

If you decide you’d like us to represent you and apply for a position, the first thing our team will do is examine your resumé closely. We will fix up your resumé to ensure it communicates exactly what our client is looking for – demonstrating not only what you’ve been responsible for in previous Infection Prevention positions, but also how effective you’ve been in those roles. 

We have direct access to the hiring managers in the positions we search on which allows us to present your resumé directly to them, knowing exactly what they want to see in a candidate. We will keep you in the loop when this happens and what their initial feedback is. No more waiting in the dark hoping to hear back from HR.

Because of our relationships with the hiring manager, we have the ability to make a case for them to speak with you. It also allows us to get quick, honest feedback following each interview you have. And we will provide that feedback to you, good or bad.

In addition to preparing your resumé and presenting directly to the hiring manager, we also will prep you for each and every interview. Again, we know what our clients are looking for, so we will let you know what to expect and what experiences and accomplishments you should be sure to communicate to them in an interview.

In terms of the interview process, we’ll work with you and the client to get those scheduled during a time that makes sense for you.

Perhaps the most beneficial piece of being represented by Clutch Recruitment is that we’ll negotiate an offer for you – securing the highest possible offer the client can make. Don’t worry about your salary demands rubbing your future employer the wrong way;  we do all of that for you, ensuring a completely fair offer, without the awkwardness that potentially comes with it. We are financially incentivized to get you the highest possible offer, and we will ensure that happens.

Once you accept an offer, our work doesn’t stop. We’ll be there to talk you through your resignation and prepare you for how to handle a counter offer, along with all other complications that may arise. 

We have a large in house sourcing team that collects information from various databases online including LinkedIn, certification boards, and professional associations. 

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