Infection Control Practitioner
Under the direction of the Infection Control Director, the Infection Control Coordinator oversees the daily care of preventing and treating infections in the hospital. Familiar with a variety of the field concepts, practices, and procedures. Relies on extensive experience and judgement to plan and accomplish goals. Responsibilities also include: Chart Abstraction, surveillance and executes the implementation of the infection prevention program in a hospital, central and ambulatory care setting. This individual will be involved in the education of patients, health care providers, consultation to leadership and ambulatory/hospital staff. This individual will be involved in monitoring of healthcare practices that will place patients and healthcare providers at risk, surveillance of healthcare associated infections through chart abstraction, application of standardized criteria and data submission, and will communicate findings to healthcare providers and hospital leadership. The Infection Preventionist is an active participant in accreditation and licensing activities.
The Infection Preventionist supports and executes Infection Prevention improvement projects across the continuum of care. The Infection Preventionist collects, analyzes and reports healthcare associated infections and financial data in relation to cost of infection, performance improvement and patient safety. Annual flu shots and TB test for all employees, medical staff, and volunteers. Annual N 95 mask fitting for all clinical employees. Updating the employee health records in the computer. Updating spreadsheets for employee TB, flu, and mask fitting. Employee health filing.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
- RN, Medical Technologist or degree in microbiology, public health or hospital epidemiology required. A related clinical health degree may be considered.
- Minimum 2 yrs. direct experience in hospital laboratory, nursing, public health, or epidemiology required; Infection control experience highly desirable.
- Certification in Infection Control (APIC or CIC) desirable. If applicant is not certified:
-Applicant must actively pursue certification upon hire with anticipation of becoming certified within 2 years of hire into the position; and
-Applicant must consult on an ongoing basis as defined by the organization with individual(s) identified by the organization as having expertise in infection prevention and control.
- BLS Healthcare Provider Status required within 30 days of hire date.
Steward Health Care is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. Steward Health Care does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression or any other non-job-related characteristics.