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INFECTION PREVENTIONIST

The Infection Preventionist (IP) is responsible for the facility’s activities aimed at preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) by ensuring that sources of infections are isolated to limit the spread of infectious organisms.  The IP systematically collects, analyzes, and interprets health data in order to plan, implement, evaluate, and disseminate appropriate public health practices.  The IP conducts educational and training activities for healthcare workers through instruction and dissemination of information on healthcare practices.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in an applied clinical science (Nursing, Medical Technology, Microbiology, Public Health)
  • Five years of relevant clinical experience for non-nurse applicants; Registered Nurses should have a broad level of experience including critical care, emergency medicine, and medical/surgical nursing.
  • Master’s Degree in nursing, epidemiology, public health, or related field is helpful
  • Current professional licensure in the State of Colorado if appropriate to the primary discipline
  • Certification in Infection Control (CIC) should be achieved within two years in the position
  • Previous experience in teaching, curriculum development, and instruction is desired
  • Membership in either APIC (Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology) or SHEA (Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America)
    • Attending face-to-face and/or completing online educational offerings (Sponsored by APIC, SHEA, or State Departments of Health)

General Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The requirements listed below are representative of the general knowledge, skill, and / or ability required:

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
  • Ability to add and subtract two-digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 10’s and 100’s.
  • Ability to perform these operations using units of American money and weight measurement, volume and distance.
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.
  • Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Requirements

The IP is responsible for the implementation and review of the facility’s infection prevention program.  The IP ensures that existing standards and guidelines of applicable professional organizations and regulatory and governmental agencies are incorporated into the program.  The IP reviews relevant public health issues to integrate into practice, serves as a consultant and resource person regarding infection prevention issues for all facility personnel, collaborates with other healthcare professionals within and outside of the facility, and implements infection prevention education programs.  The IP systematically collects and analyzes healthcare-associated infection data using epidemiological principles and statistical methods to identify trends and risk factors. Additionally, it is often the responsibility of the IP to perform the reporting of HAI and quality data for the various facility, county, state, and federal reporting requirements. The IP incorporates the principles of fiscal responsibility into practice and promotes the standards of advanced professional practice.

 

Equipment, Tools, Materials

  • Calculator
  • Fax, scanner, and copy machine
  • General office materials/supplies
  • Information Systems
  • Telephone system
  • Networking Tools/ Materials

Security/Access

Will have access to confidential information and abides by the organization’s privacy policies and regulations concerning this information.

Essential Job Duties & Responsibilities

  1. The IP conducts rounds, discusses and monitors infection prevention practices with staff members, collects infection data from departments, maintains records for each case of healthcare- associated infection, conducts outbreak investigation, trains staff members on implementation of infection prevention practices, investigates incidents of infections and reports such incidents to the appropriate person/department, and ensures availability of supplies required for infection prevention activities.  Specifically, the IP is responsible for the following:
  • Making recommendations regarding the prevention and control of infection on a 24-hour basis
  • Providing advice for all staff members regarding the management of infectious patients/residents and other infection prevention issues
  • Coordinating the annual infection control risk assessment in conjunction with the Infection Prevention Committee (IPC) (Please refer to the IPOM sections on Committee Leadership & Membership [#4] and Construction & Renovation [#14] for more details.)
  • Developing and implementing the annual infection prevention plan in conjunction with the IPC
  • Evaluating the annual plan for goal achievement in conjunction with the IPC
  • Conducting surveillance of infections (Please refer to the IPOM section on Surveillance [#5] for more details)
  • Ensuring the completion of audits regarding the implementation of and compliance with selected policies
  • Providing education and training for all staff members and independent practitioners regarding the prevention of HAIs
  • Liaise with the Employee Health Nurse regarding relevant staff member health issues
  • Liaise with clinical teams regarding the development of standards, audits, and research
  • Presenting/providing the infection prevention annual report to the IPC, Quality Assurance department, Chief Executive Officer, and Board of Trustees (as applicable to the institution); this report is to include results of infection prevention program goal achievements and matters of concern
  • Cooperating with the county and state department of health regarding infectious and communicable disease reporting
  1. Performs all other duties as assigned.
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Department: Nursing Administration
Reports To: Chief Nursing Officer
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Base Wage: $33.31/hour (additional salary commensurate with education and experience)
Benefits: Health, Dental, Vision, Life, and Retirement offered with Employer Contribution. Additional Voluntary Benefits offered.