Infection Control Specialist (1.0 FTE, Days)
1.0FTE, Days, 8 hour shift
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This paragraph summarizes the general nature, level and purpose of the job.
The Infection Prevention and Control Specialist (IPCS), assists in the planning, development and evaluation of the goals, standards, policies and procedures of an integrated hospital-wide Infection Control Program to ensure rigorous infection control standards that meet Joint Commission, OSHA, Public Health Department, and Centers for Disease Control requirements; completes infection control needs assessment; educates employees and providers about infection control; and conducts surveillance, analysis, reporting, risk reduction, and outbreak control of nonsocomial infections; and provides consultation on infection risk assessment, prevention, and control strategies; serves as a thought leader for infection prevention and control.
The essential functions listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification. They are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.
Employees must abide by all Joint Commission Requirements including but not limited to sensitivity to cultural diversity, patient care, patient rights and ethical treatment, safety and security of physical environments, emergency management, teamwork, respect for others, participation in ongoing education and training, communication and adherence to safety and quality programs, sustaining compliance with National Patient Safety Goals, and licensure and health screenings.
Must perform all duties and responsibilities in accordance with the hospital’s policies and procedures, including its Service Standards and its Code of Conduct.
- Assesses the need for, develops and presents Infection Control in-service education for functional client departments, general orientation, annual review, medical staff and as needed.
- Assists with development, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and revision of Infection Prevention and Control Program goals, standards, policies and procedures.
- Coordinates multi-disciplinary and interdepartmental efforts to improve performance of infection prevention/control programs and services; serves as infection representative on hospital and clinic committees
- Evaluates patient care environments and facility services for infection control practices and hazards as needed; conducts ongoing surveillance of nosocomial infection as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by reviewing microbiology laboratory results, medical records, and consultation with staff.
- Participates in Infection Prevention and Control research and participates as needed, in collaborative.
- Collaborates with Information Systems (IS) and Clinical Analytics teams to identify strategies to maximize and improve infection prevention and control efforts through use of data from the EMR and other digital information systems.
- Serves as a consultant to all hospital personnel, including physicians, concerning infection control matters; acts to resolve patient/parent, physician and staff concerns.
- Facilitates meeting applicable regulatory requirements through monitoring and reporting infection trends in the acute and ambulatory and other care settings and reporting communicable diseases and supporting laboratory data not previously reported (by other persons or departments in the hospital) to county health departments.
- Maintains ongoing communications and cooperative relationships with infection control committees and external agencies.
- May interact with Occupational/Employee Health to institute and maintain control measures pertaining to health care worker and member infection control issues.
- Monitors microbiology reports for clustering of organisms, unusual pathogens or infections that require special precautions or notification to public health authorities.
- Participates in coordination of development and review of Infection Prevention and Control Standards of Care Policy and Procedure manuals for assigned areas.
- Together with the Infection Prevention and Control Team, acts as liaison and consults with management staff, physicians and other healthcare professionals on Infection Prevention and Control issues and concerns.
- Participates in Pager On-call task assignment with the Infection Prevention and Control Specialists, answering calls and pages during the days, nights, weekends and holidays during scheduled rotation. During pager assignment, is available to return calls and pages quickly and is physically located within 1 hour travel distance of the hospital facility in order to respond emergently as appropriate.
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.
Education: Bachelor's degree in a work-related discipline/field from an accredited college or university
Experience: Three (3) years of progressively responsible and directly related work experience in the field of infection prevention or quality and patient safety.
Licensure/Certification: Must have taken the CIC certification exam within one year of hire. Must achieve CIC certification within 2 years of hire.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
These are the observable and measurable attributes and skills required to perform successfully the essential functions of the job and are generally demonstrated through qualifying experience, education, or licensure/certification.
- Ability to conduct analysis and formulate conclusions
- Ability to foster effective working relationships and build consensus Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information
- Ability to plan, organize, prioritize, work independently and meet deadlines Ability to use judgment and make sound decisions
- Ability to work effectively with individuals at all levels of the organization
The Physical Requirements and Working Conditions in which the job is typically performed are available from the Occupational Health Department. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job
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