Infection Preventionist
Lewis-Gale Medical Center - Salem, VA

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SPECIFIC ELEMENTS AND ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS*

1. As part of the Quality and Risk Management Department, the Infection Preventionist (IP) is responsible for the prevention, detection, and control of infections within the facility. The IP establishes, institutes, and maintains an effective system for evaluation and reporting infections in patients. All of this shall be accomplished based on a systematic body of professional knowledge. *

2. Responsible for compliance with state, federal, and The Joint Commission standards pertaining to infection prevention. *

3. Ensures best practices pertaining to infection prevention are utilized throughout the facility through policy development /revision, monitoring practice, and enforcing safe occupational/environmental hygiene practices.*

4. Acts as a role model, resource, and educator for clinical staff regarding infection prevention practices, theory, and standards. *

5. Maintains communication with hospital staff and administration regarding detection and surveillance of possible hazardous situations. *

6. Conducts ongoing lab-based surveillance of infections in patients. *

7. Develops, implements, and maintains a reporting system for hospital acquired infections, communicable diseases, and other reportable infections, including quality data collection and analysis. Reports data and analysis of data to the Infection Prevention Committee, and any other appropriate group of individuals. *

8. Rounds in all targeted surveillance areas on a routine basis per predetermined time intervals and intervenes at the point-of-care on issues related to infection prevention as they are identified. *

9. Collects surveillance data on infections per specific criteria and sampling methodology and enters data into infection prevention database programs. *

10. Leads investigations pertaining to hospital acquired infections. Collaborates and strategizes with leaders in the facility for action planning with measureable goals. *

11. Responsible for all required public reporting as indicated. *

12. Leads, coordinates, and manages the Infection Control Committee activities. *

13. Coordinates, in collaboration with department leaders, to develop, implement, and update the infection prevention standards for their departments. *

14. Reports and participates with the facility’s Quality Council, Nursing Quality Council, associated task force committees, and other committees as assigned. *

15. Works collaboratively with Risk and Safety Officer to investigate clinical complaints or risk issues. *

16. Other duties as assigned.

      Qualifications
      EXPERIENCE

      Required - Three years critical care or hospital infection prevention experience; must possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and computer skills in a Windows operating environment.

      Preferred - Infection Prevention management experience; data analysis and spreadsheet skills (Excel, etc) in a Windows operating environment.

      EDUCATION

      Required - Licensed or certified healthcare professional

      Preferred - Registered Nurse, Certification in Infection Prevention (CIC) through the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC), Bachelor’s degree or higher, Completion of a basic Infection Prevention course offered through a teaching hospital (minimum 40 hours).

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