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Infection Preventionist-Certified - Infection Prevention & Control

2131 South 17Th Street
Wilmington, NC
Job ID: 4775
Date Posted: Oct 1, 2021

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Job Description

Description

About NHRMC

NHRMC, established in 1967 in Wilmington, NC, is recognized as a preeminent healthcare organization focused on leading our community to outstanding health. We have an 855 bed network of hospitals and multi-specialty physician group practices with more than 200 physicians. With a network of primary, specialty, neighborhood clinics and regional medical centers; you will find our culture is the very definition of best in practice. Join us and find out how many ways NHRMC offers you the chance to focus on what really matters - our patients and community.

About the Job

Location: New Hanover Regional Medical Center

Department: Infection Prevention & Control

Full Time Equivalent: FTE: 1.000000

Work Type: 64 to 80 Hours Pay Period

Work Schedule: STD HRS - Standard-Exe or Office w flex

Exempt from Overtime: Exempt: Yes

What You'll Do

Summary:

The Infection Preventionist – Certified actively participates in the Infection Prevention Program, by supporting prevention activities and best practice measures.


Responsibilities:

1. Maintain Infection Surveillance Program a. Review lab results as a case finding mechanism for identifying both Healthcare Associated b. Infections (HAIs) and community associated infections. c. Collect data for analysis of HAIs and perform data entry. d. Collect and validate data items such as device days, patient days, device type, etc. e. Assist with all surveillance activities and isolation management f. Assist with data entry and maintenance of data base. g. Assist with generating reports and distribution as needed. h. Provide analysis of surveillance findings and the development of interventional strategies. i. Use the CDC/NHSN criteria to identify infections. j. Communicate infection prevention data to the Infection Prevention Committee, hospital leadership, environment of care committee, clinical Improvement committee, and specific hospital units/departments as appropriate k. Communicate with referring and receiving health care facilities pertinent patient specific infection data. l. Identify Communicable Diseases, report these to the Health Department and initiate control measures if needed. m. Assist with local and State Public Health Department Inspections as indicated n. Facilitate compliance of regulatory agencies o. Send HAI data to external entities, such as CDC/NHSN, NDNQI, HEN, Leapfrog, etc. p. Review externally generated reports such as state department of health reports, CMS Hospital Compare, Leapfrog, etc. q. Perform data audits as required by institutional, state and federal agencies 

2. Provide Inadvertent Exposure Management a. Assess the situation, verify the diagnosis of the source and determine that an exposure has occurred b. Send confirmation of need for employee follow-up post exposure to applicable manager(s) c. Consult as needed with the institution of appropriate follow-up, testing and control measures d. Notify Employee Occupational Health of manager notification(s) completion e. Assist with outbreak investigations f. Collect environmental samples for culture or other testing related to infection prevention and control as directed by Director of Infection Prevention or Medical Director for Infection Prevention 

3. Develop and Review Infection Prevention Standards a. Research and compilation of applicable standards and recommendations. b. Composition of policies. c. Assist with the revision of hospital and departmental infection prevention policies d. Implementation of process as evidenced by current guidelines and recommendations e. Partner with Facility Leadership in sustaining best practices to prevent healthcare associated infections (HAIs) f. Maintain membership in the Association of Professional in Infection control and Epidemiology at a state and national levels to provide opportunities for networking and education 

4. Provide Infection Prevention Education a. Develop educational programs to meet the needs of the customer. b. Provide educational programs at the level of the customer. c. Monitor effectiveness of education. d. Provide expertise in regard to healthcare-associated infections, emerging communicable disease, post-exposure management, isolation precautions and construction and environmental issues/concerns. e. Serve as an infection prevention resource and liaison for all services and functions within the organization for enhanced patient care f. Conduct rounds of assigned areas g. Assist with product evaluation 

5. Demonstrates standard of performance (ownership, teamwork communication, compassion) that support patient satisfaction and principles of service excellence 

6. Performs other duties as assigned. 

Position Requirements

Credentials:

Education:
Essential:
* Bachelors Degree

Other information:

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, Medical Technology, Public Health, or other healthcare related field required. 

Licensure / Certifications: Infection Control or Epidemiology certification required OR commitment to receive within 2 1/2 years of hire. 

Incumbents with Nursing background: Current RN license, or inactive license in good standing with Board of Nursing required. 

Incumbents with Medical Technologist background: Current certification with the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification required. 

Experience: Three years of healthcare experience required. Incumbents without certification: Minimum three years of infection prevention and control experience or three years of leadership experience required. Ability to successfully complete generic and department-specific skills validation and competency testing; understands and uses personal computer. Demonstrates analytical skills i.e. calculation of infection rates. Maintain membership in the Association of Professional in Infection control and Epidemiology at a state and national levels to provide opportunities for networking and education. Knowledge of data collection and analysis, navigation of hospital computer systems, problem solving, decision making, effective communication and conflict management skills. Ability to successfully work in an environment of high stress with rapidly changing priorities. Ability to evaluate and utilize interpersonal dynamics and effective communication styles to work with people in a very positive way under very difficult circumstances 

Other Information

This position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications which may be required of the employee assigned to the position. Depending on the location of the job, duties may vary. Receipt of the job description does not imply nor create a promise of employment, nor an employment contract of any kind; my employment with the Company is at will.

  • Member Top 100 Hospitals – In 2016 NHRMC was recognized as a Top 100 Hospital demonstrating significant investment and financial sustainability for the communities we serve. 
  • Newsweek's 2020 list of Best Maternity Care Hospitals - NHRMC Betty H. Cameron Women's & Children's Hospital was named as a Best Maternity Care Hospital by Newsweek. 
  • Forbes America’s Best Large Employers 2018 and 2019Link 
  • Becker’s 150 Top Places to Work in HealthcareLink 
  • Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience

Consider a career at NHRMC and become part of this award winning team!

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