RN Infection Preventionist | Infection Control
Job Title: RN Infection Preventionist
Job ID: 4487
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job Category: Nursing-Clinical
The Infection Preventionist works with the Administrative and Medical Directors of Epidemiology & Infection Control to develop and implement strategies to prevent healthcare associated infections. Preventionists ensure compliance with Infection Control policies and procedures throughout the Medical Center as defined in the institutional Infection Control Plan scope of practice. Duties include healthcare associated infection surveillance and identification, prevention and control measures of infectious diseases, guiding activities of infectious disease isolation, offering consultation on regulatory agency compliance, and communicating with the Medical Center community related to educational material pertaining to infectious diseases. The data generated from surveillance activities is used to make decisions at the highest levels of the medical center. Individuals in the position must demonstrate excellent communication skills, motivation, initiative, and creative, team-driven approaches.
Education: Graduation from an accredited RN program, BSN required or B.S in related healthcare field (e.g. Medical Technology).
Experience: 3 years in healthcare related field. 3 years in Infection Prevention preferable.
Certification: Certified in Infection Control (CIC) required or within 2 ½ years of employment.
Skills & Qualifications:
- Excellent communication (verbal/written/listening)
- Good presentation skills
- Solid word processing and spreadsheet abilities
- Documentation skills
- Problem solving skills
- Assessment/Analytic skills
- Excellent time management skills
Job Code / Title: 0394 Infection Preventionist
Original Date: Feb 2001
Last Revision: June 2012
Job Summary: The Infection Preventionist works with the Director and Chief Infection Prentionist and Health System Epidemiologist of Infection Control to develop and implement strategies to prevent healthcare associated infections. Preventionists ensure compliance with Infection Control policies and procedures throughout the Medical Center as defined in the institutional Infection Control Plan scope of practice. Duties include health care associated infection surveillance and identification, prevention and control measures of infectious diseases, guiding activities of infectious disease isolation, offering consultation on regulatory agency compliance, and communicating with the Medical Center community related to educational material pertaining to infectious diseases. The data generated from surveillance activities is used to make decisions at the highest levels of the medical center. Individuals in the position must demonstrate excellent communication skills, motivation, initiative, and creative, team-driven approaches.
Education / Experience: Graduation from an accredited RN program, preferably with a BSN or B.S or M.S in related health care field such as Microbiology or Medical Technology. 3 Years in Infection Control or related preferred.
Reports To: Director and Chief Infection Preventionist
Licensure, Certification and / or Registration: Licensed as a RN in NC
Certified Infection Control (CIC) required (Upon meeting Certification Board of Infection Control (CBIC) eligibility requirements)
1. Consults with administrators and clinicians to develop processes and implement operational procedures that minimizes the spread of hospital acquired infections
Presenting infection control information to patient care teams and making recommendations for improvement of patient care related to control of infections in patients. Collecting and distributing Medical Center information to Quality of Care committees and requesting bodies. Ensuring data is accurate and free from error.
Responding to institutional leaders and patient care area leaders for request for infection control information.
2. Conducts healthcare acquired infection surveillance for health care associated infections as outlined in the Infection Control Plan. Collects, analyzes and reports complete, accurate surveillance data and enters into infection control data base. Reviews patient records and lab results to identify patients or staff with infectious/communicable diseases. Provides reports related to health care associated infections to the Infection Control Committee.
3. Recommends the indicated isolation precautions and management of communicable diseases. Assesses patient clinical/infectious status to ensure approved/appropriate precautions are implemented. Conducts unit and departmental rounds on a routine basis to monitor isolation precautions. Initiates exposure work-up protocol if an inadvertent exposure occurs in an assigned area of the Medical Center. Assesses the suitability of patient rooms for the type of isolation being recommended. Enters patient risk code for isolation into the computer data base as appropriate.
4. Incorporates infection control standards into hospital-wide and departmental infection control policies. Prepares and reviews Medical Center infection control policies to ensure that these policies reflect findings in current scientific literature or infection control standards, guidelines and regulations (e.g., CDC, OSHA, JCAHO APIC). Serves as a liaison between hospital departments and the Infection Control Committee so that approved infection control policies are incorporated into the delivery of services.
Guides departmental policy and procedure development by serving on procedure development and approval committees and applying the professional knowledge-base.
5. Serves as a consultant on all infection control issues. Conducts unit and departmental rounds on a routine basis to assess physical environment and clinical practice patterns. Measures compliance with current infection control standards. Assists with the evaluation of new equipment or products to ensure that they provide the elements necessary to prevent the spread of infection and can be adequately disinfected. Recommends appropriate products for use with infection control practices. Consults with appropriate key leadership personnel to facilitate changes needed to bring areas into compliance with standards. Identify opportunities to improve sterilization, disinfection and decontamination practices.
6. Serves as a consultant/resource for questions related to Federal, state and local regulatory infection control requirements including but not limited to Blood borne Pathogens, Communicable Disease Rules, Sanitation Rules and NC rules for licensure of hospitals. Consults and communicates with the local and/or state health department regarding exposures that may need community follow-up. Ensure communication of known infections to receiving/referring hospitals. Consults and collaborates with Employee Health in investigation of employee exposures to communicable diseases.
Coordinates notification of exposed individuals with individual department managers and reporting the exposure to the Employee Health service. In collaboration with Risk and Insurance Management, review unanticipated deaths or major permanent loss of function related to healthcare-associated infections for potential sentinel events.
Consults and collaborates with Facilities Planning in the design and construction of facilities projects.
7. Participates in educational programs. Conducts in-service education programs for the prevention and control of infection for all health care staff through orientation of new employees. Presents annual programs aimed specifically to meet regulatory requirements (OSHA) and departmental continuing education needs. Evaluates and modifies, as necessary, educational programs to ensure concordance with infection control standards. Develops and presents programs for units and areas of responsibility based upon assessed need as well as any new epidemiological principles. Participates in continuing educational activities at the department, state and national levels to promote personal growth and maintain a current knowledge base
8. Protects self, co-workers, and facility by developing, maintaining, and following approved policies and procedures to prevent the spread of bloodborne or airborne infections. Uses work practice techniques, engineering controls, and PPE for specific procedures. Serves as a role model for all staff.
9. Ensures age/developmentally appropriate patient/customer care is provided in accordance with the Age Specific Care Guidelines for specific age groups served. Demonstrates knowledge of physical, motor/sensory, mental psychosocial, safety and developmental factors in the guidelines. Provides for age-specific knowledge related to disease processes and infections. Ensures staff is aware of diseases of every age. Maintains competence related to age-specific patient care by regularly updating knowledge of growth and development.
Skills and Qualifications:
Excellent communication (verbal/written/listening)
Good presentation skills
Solid word processing and spreadsheet abilities
Amount of time spent performing the following activities:
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35% 65% 100% N/A Activity
x Reaching with arms
x Finger and hand dexterity
Lifting, carrying, pushing and or pulling:
x 20 lbs. maximum
x 50 lbs. maximum
x 100 lbs. maximum
Can be stressful
Important that communication skills are clear
Some driving required to affiliates
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