Supervisor, Infection Prevention & Control (IPAC)

Work Area: 
PHC Multi-site
Base Site: 
Hornby Street
Regular Full Time
Job Category: 
Advanced Nursing
Registered Nurse
Acute Care Hospital


Reporting to the Director Risk Management & IPAC, the Supervisor, IPAC is responsible for the overall administration, oversight, and coordination of infection prevention, control and surveillance within the PHC IPAC Department. Provides day-to-day leadership and guidance to staff that supports and enhances infection control and prevention practices; ensures effective and efficient surveillance and auditing procedures and the achievement of reducing infection rates by supporting staff development and growth; ensures expert knowledge is provided to the IPAC team; monitors and evaluates staff performance, identifying staff needs/deficiencies, and developing plans to improve performance; and ensures educational, orientation and training needs are identified and met. Formulates, implements, and evaluates infection prevention and control standards, policies and procedures, and communicates requirements to staff and the organization. Administers, monitors, and implements the budget for the area. Collaborates with the Director and Medical Director to develop, implement, monitor, and evaluate unit and staff performance measures. Collaborates with other interdisciplinary team members and interfaces with other departments to ensure timely and seamless delivery of IPAC services.


Demonstrated knowledge and scope of infection prevention and control nursing practice and relevant rules and regulations.
Demonstrated leadership skill and ability to organize, oversee and evaluate function of a team.
Ability to use evidence-based practice to develop and implement standards of practice that guide work practices and quality and safety improvement initiatives.
Demonstrated leadership, mentoring, coaching, facilitation and team building skills.
Demonstrated fiscal planning and administration skills.
Ability to develop, prioritize and accomplish objectives.
Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal.
Demonstrated critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Demonstrated ability to adjust to new or unexpected events and make decisions.
Demonstrated knowledge and ability to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
Ability to role model conflict resolution strategies and take corrective action.
Ability to organize and prioritize work independently.
Ability to work collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
Ability to operate related equipment, including computers.
Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.


Baccalaureate in Nursing, with a Masters’ Degree related to epidemiology/public health preferred, plus five (5) years’ recent, related acute care nursing experience including two (2) years’ supervisory experience and Certification in Infection Control (CIC), or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Current practicing registration as a Registered Nurse with the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP).


Assumes overall responsibility for the delivery of infection prevention and control and surveillance throughout PHC by supervising staff, coordinating or delegating assignments, and developing rotations/schedules. Monitors unit activities, reviews infection prevention and control outcomes, and recommends improvements and changes to relevant standards/practices to ensure IPAC is functioning at optimal levels of quality, safety and efficiency and in line with established organizational targets.

Monitors and evaluates staff work performance, sets performance goals/objectives, and defines areas for improvement. Completes performance reviews and plans for assigned staff members, and takes corrective action as necessary. Conducts initial meeting with staff member as part of the PHC Attendance and Wellness Promotion program. Works with IPAC Directors to ensure staff performance and/or attendance improvement plans are implemented, objectives met, and follows up to determine effectiveness.

Manages employee relations’ issues including assuming responsibility for up to step two of the grievance procedure. Works with IPAC Director or Human Resources toward resolution of issues.

Coordinates requests for vacation days, annual vacation planning, special education and other leaves of absence; approves overtime, reviews staffing levels to determine operational requirements. Communicates scheduling changes to others, prepares documentation and forwards for review and approval. Ensures timekeeping records for staff are maintained/processed.

Provides a forum for staff communication and problem solving through weekly staff meetings and planning days. Ensures necessary resources are available or accessible, and delivers related training and orientation requirements.

Develops, reviews, revises and provides input into policies and procedures and related work practices to ensure clinical and organizational standards regarding safety, security, confidentiality and clinical care are adhered to. Assumes accountability for ensuring organizational policies and procedures are followed, and changing working practices where required.

Provides ongoing clinical supervision, reviews audit results and debriefs outbreak management and environmental audits, supports IPAC priority setting and coordinates educational needs. Evaluates effectiveness of IPAC priorities and interventions and communicates changes in practice. Acts as a clinical resource for members of the multidisciplinary team and promotes collaboration for practice concerns, and workload priority setting

Identifies staff educational needs in collaboration with the IPAC Directors and Epidemiologist to ensure current and competent skill level and staff knowledge. Directs the development of plans for staff education programs, ensures educational plans are implemented by working with IPAC Directors and Epidemiologist to plan delivery at the staff level, coordinating delivery as required with other organizational stakeholders, and verifying that identified staff learning goals have been met. Presents in-service education services for staff as required.

Recruits, interviews, and hires applicants for positions within the unit. Prepares recommendations for final approval by IPAC Directors regarding staffing plans both current and future state.

In collaboration with the IPAC Directors and Epidemiologist leads on-going program planning, development, evaluation and quality improvement activities that facilitate program goal setting, problem solving, conflict resolution and collaboration. Identifies emerging clinical, operational, and systems issues and is accountable for improving service quality and safety. Provides reports to the IPAC Directors and other relevant stakeholders on various activities of the Department.

Monitors, implements and administers budget for staff resources, supplies and equipment establishes and maintains fiscally responsible system for ordering of supplies and equipment. Allocates resources/equipment within available budget.

Coordinates overall IPAC clinical practice by facilitating the development, implementation and review of work assignments, IPAC priorities and audits/surveillance results Collaborates with others on issues and concerns regarding services and coordination.

Assists staff with clinical interventions, problem solving; provides clinical guidance and information on complex issues, discusses IPAC issues, and develops partnerships with other facilities, agencies, and community resources. Monitors effectiveness of IPAC practices based on outcomes of surveillance and audit methodologies and identifies areas for improvements.

Ensures Patient Safety Learning System reports are completed and monitors reports to establish patterns and develop further quality and safety improvement initiatives.

Provides leadership in program quality initiatives by attending committees and ensuring implementation of initiatives; consults with staff regarding current and revised policies and procedures.

Analyzes patient/client demographic and clinical information using a population health focus, synthesizes information to recommend and develop initiatives aimed at health improvement. Monitors and measures health improvement initiatives and reports outcomes.

Participates in regional and PHC committees, task groups, and/or community initiatives; provides Program representation and input from a clinical perspective, presents relevant material, acts as advocate for the goals and objectives of the service(s)

In collaboration with the IPAC Directors and Epidemiologist, maintains statistical records and reports on various activities for the program.

Maintains an awareness of current trends and issues through literature review, contact with peers at other organizations, attendance at seminars, workshops, and educational programs.

Performs other related duties as assigned.