Infection Preventionist

New London, CT
Jul 12, 2019

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Job Description

To be part of our organization, every employee should understand and share in the YNHHS Vision, support our Mission, and live our Values. These values-integrity, patient-centered, respect, accountability, and compassion - must guide what we do, as individuals and professionals, every day.

EEO/AA/Disability/Veteran

Summary:
Works under the direction of the System Infection Prevention (IP) leadership team; Infection Prevention Manager and Medical Director of Infection Prevention. Works locally in conjunction with the Delivery Network Hospital Epidemiologist to ensure local facility needs are met.
Plays a primary role in the development and implementation of practices and processes to prevent transmission of organisms and infections in collaboration with the IP team and healthcare professionals. Investigates infections due to unusual pathogens and clusters/outbreaks of infection. Informs and educates medical personnel about adverse nosocomial outcomes . Interacts with community public health agencies and reports communicable diseases to the CT Department of Public Health/local health departments. Collaborates with Occupational Health on occupational health and safety matters as they relate to infection prevention. Provides expert support to Infection Prevention Support Analysts. Analyzes and reports healthcare acquired infection (HAI) data.

Responsibilities:
  • 1. Performs, coordinates and directs the process of surveillance to identify healthcare acquired infections and other adverse outcomes to ensure safe patient care.
  • 1.1. Uses the electronic medical record and surveillance system, to review clinical and laboratory findings in assigned areas (in conjunction with the Support Analysts) to identify infectious conditions that may require reporting or further action such as the implementation of precautions to prevent organism transmission.
  • 1.2. Provides oversight to the Infection Prevention Support Analysts regarding data collection, projects, hospital acquired infection definitions, exposure investigations and transmission based precautions.
  • 1.3. Ensures accurate and timely data entry into National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).
  • 1.4. Identifies clusters of organisms and/or infections above expected endemic level in assigned areas. Assists in the investigation and detection of breeches in infection prevention practices including aseptic practice and implements control measures as needed.
  • 1.5. Conducts outbreak investigations.
  • 2. Serves as content expert in all infection prevention matters in support of clinical staff, performance improvement teams and hospital committees.
  • 2.1. Demonstrates knowledge and application of current regulatory and professional society guidelines. Performs literature reviews to support performance improvement teams and practice changes.
  • 2.2. Participates in the planning, development and implementation of improved patient care practices relating to infection prevention and control as demonstrated through collaboration with patient care areas, ancillary departments and performance improvement teams.
  • 2.3. Provides data analysis to assist clinical, department and performance improvement teams to identify opportunities for improvement and provides feedback on hospital and patient care processes, practices and outcomes.
  • 2.4. Collaborates with construction team on design and/or renovation of new patient care areas and other high risk areas. Determines infection prevention requirements for construction. Creates and submits an infection control risk assessment for all construction projects in assigned areas prior to start of work.
  • 2.5. Participates in the review, analysis and evaluation of new medical devices and products. Provides input regarding impact on infection prevention matters. Collaborates and /or collects data on product trials and evaluations as necessary.
  • 3. Demonstrates the ability to assess a situation from an infection prevention perspective and recommends appropriate action within scope of responsibility to ensure safe and quality patient care.
  • 3.1. Rounds in assigned inpatient units, outpatient areas and ancillary departments regularly and on an as needed basis for the purpose of evaluating compliance with infection prevention practices, policies and regulatory agency requirements.
  • 3.2. Collaborates with the Infection Prevention leadership team on solving complex infection prevention issues. Suggests methods to eliminate transmission of organisms and correct inadequate infection prevention and control practices.
  • 3.3. Responds to emergencies and issues in assigned areas during business hours. Follows up on problems requiring immediate attention and monitors affected areas until infection/HAI problem is eliminated and/or corrected.
  • 3.4. Serves as a resource off -hours, weekends, holidays with the Hospital Epidemiologist or designee per departmental SOP.
  • 4. Recognizes need, develops and provides educational programs on infection prevention for all levels of personnel to improve their infection prevention knowledge base and practice.
  • 4.1. Conducts new employee education providing basic information on bloodborne pathogens and basic infection prevention principles and practices.
  • 4.2. Develops and provides educational programs to departments when a need is identified or as requested. Uses a variety of teaching methods, geared to the needs of the audience, as well as providing the most current and updated accepted infection prevention information available.
  • 4.3. Participates in the training and mentoring of new infection prevention staff.
  • 5. Assists in assembling agenda, graphs and materials to be presented and distributed to the Infection Control Committee, performance improvement teams and others as requested.
  • 5.1. Take notes, draft and finalize minutes for the Infection Control Committee in a timely manner for concurrence by the ICC chairperson or designee.
  • 6. Participates in epidemiological projects/studies to further infection prevention knowledge. Collaborates on infection prevention academic and professional posters/presentations at local, regional and national conferences and seeks publication in academic/professional journals.
  • 7. Actively seeks professional growth and demonstrates professionalism and exhibits a good working rapport in all interpersonal interactions with departmental staff, healthcare personnel, contract workers, patients and visitors and community agencies.
  • 7.1. Acquires and maintains current knowledge of infection prevention professional society guidelines, best practices and regulatory requirements as demonstrated by attending infection prevention conferences and workshops, reviewing current infection prevention literature, guidelines and national standard and networking with System and external Infection Preventionists.
  • 7.2. Actively participates in huddles, staff and departmental meetings.
  • 7.3. Demonstrates ability to tactfully approach individuals regarding infection prevention and control practice issues in a clear, calm and professional manner.
  • 7.4. Pursues self-study in preparation for certification in infection control by CBIC at two years of infection prevention experience. Maintains certification with recertification every 5 years.
  • 7.5. Maintains membership in professional organizations (APIC).

    Other information:

    EDUCATION:

    Registered Nurse, or Bachelors degree in healthcare related field (preferred) (e.g., microbiology, public health) and Certification in Infection Control (CIC) or willingness to become certified at 2 years.

    EXPERIENCE:

    3-5 years of experience in acute care hospital or similar required. Infection prevention experience preferred.

    LICENSURE:

    Active Registered Nurse license for the State of Connecticut, if applicable.

    SPECIAL_SKILLS:

    Experience with Microsoft Office programs (Excel, Word, Powerpoint) or similiar preferred.
    Able to communicate effectively; tactful in dealing with others; able to handle stressful situations; willingness to learn and apply knowledge appropriately; flexible and able to adapt to quickly changing work environment; demonstrates good judgement; detail oriented.
    ACCOUNTABILITY:

    Reports and discusses significant issues, action plans, unusual problems and findings with the Infection Control Manager, Hospital Epidemiologist and/or Associate Epidemiologist or other designee on a current and continuous basis.
    COMPLEXITY:

    Successful performance requires rapid and accurate assessment and decision making based on complex and often incomplete health data to provide guidance on patient isolation, possible clusters of infection, etc. Requires attention to detail, an in-depth understanding of modern health systems and the principles of epidemiology and the ability to effectively communicate complex matters to both lay persons and healthcare professionals.
    Ensures appropriate isolation precautions for patients requiring precautions, collects data and reports on patients with healthcare acquired infections and infections reportable to the CT Department of Health. Studies the severity of each case and takes action necessary to prevent and control infectious diseases and other adverse outcomes. Collaborates within the department and with hospital teams to develop and implement measure to prevent healthcare acquired infections.
    PHYSICAL_DEMAND:

    Requires traveling throughout the medical center, between campuses and off-site facilities to attend meetings, perform rounding and complete surveillance activities. Ability to take call via phone to respond to questions outside office hours. Rarely may need to be on-site after hours to respond to an emergency

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    Job Info

    Job: 9255

    Department: Infection Prevention
    Category: Clinical-other
    Status: Full Time
    Shift: DAYS
    Hours: 40.00

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