PeaceHealth is seeking a Infection Prevention Associate for a Full Time, 1.00 FTE, Day position. Hourly compensation starts at $34.30, more depending on experience.
Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 including 2 doses of a 2-dose series or 1 dose of a 1-dose series plus 14 days beyond the final dose prior to start date.
Under the supervision of a certified infection preventionist, ensures that PeaceHealth implements best practices and processes to reduce and eliminate hospital acquired infections, incorporates appropriate vaccination and prevention strategies, and accurate methods of surveillance and reporting of infection rates. Accountable to achieve all PeaceHealth Infection Prevention goals. Ensures that PeaceHealth meets or exceeds all regulatory and accreditation requirements associated with infection control. Responsible, in collaboration with other health care team members, for the surveillance of healthcare acquired infections; educating caregivers about infection prevention; and developing policies and procedures to ensure rigorous infection prevention and control standards to reduce the risk of infection to patients, visitors, and caregivers. Assures compliance with external agency guidelines including accreditation bodies, OSHA, State Epidemiology and Public Health Department, and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) requirements.
- Under supervision of an infection preventionist, implements operational strategies to prevent infections and prevent the spread of infectious illnesses.
- Implements infection prevention strategies for patient care units and outpatient areas.
- Participates in the development of the infection prevention program, and identification of action plans to reduce risk from hospital acquired infections.
- Under supervision of an infection preventionist participates in maintenance of a system standardized surveillance program, identifying patients who have health care acquired infections and communicable diseases. Researches best practices of topics related to infection prevention and provides recommendations to operational leaders under the guidance of a certified Infection Preventionist.
- Under the supervision of an infection preventionist, assesses the infection prevention practices of staff caring for patients.
- Develops education for caregivers on current infection prevention practices based Facilitates ongoing review and assists with updating and implementation of policies and procedures relating to infection prevention.
- Assures implementation of regulations as determined by federal, state, and accreditation agencies relative to infection prevention requirements.
- Collects, analyzes, and reports infection data based on risk assessment and regulatory requirements
- Under the supervision of an infection preventionist, implements infection prevention and control strategies re: hand hygiene, cleaning, disinfection and sterilization, risks associated with therapies and diagnostic procedures and devices, recalls, barrier precautions, use of patient care products and equipment, and the influx of patients with communicable diseases.
- Under the supervision of a infection preventionist, consults with architects and facilities leaders for remodeling and new construction to assure designs meet or exceed infection prevention requirements and standards, and to prepare Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) for work to be done Assesses the environment of care.
- Implements control measures as indicated under the guidance of certified Infection Preventionist.
- Participates in the development of a risk assessment and plan in conjunction with state and local public health resources, other infection preventionists and supervisors.
- Under the guidance of an infection preventionist, takes action as needed, in emergent situations to establish control and spread of outbreak.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree in public health, epidemiology, nursing (AA degree acceptable) or medical technology program (American Society for Clinical Pathology), or other related discipline, or equivalent combination of education and experience in the field of infectious disease and prevention.
- Master’s in Nursing, Public Health or Epidemiology preferred.
- Minimum of one year of experience in epidemiology, public health, nursing, medical technologist or medical lab technician or other discipline directly related to infectious disease prevention.
- Experience and knowledge in infection prevention practices, microbiology, epidemiology and adult learning
- Must develop plan to continue education and pass the national CIC exam within 2 ½ years of date of hire
- Maintain membership and active participation in the Association for Practitioners in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) or SHEA.
- Proficient use of computers including MS Office applications
- Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
- Ability to gather and organize data in a thorough and effective manner
- Excellent interpersonal skills
REGION/LOCATION SPECIFIC NOTES
- Resides within the community or system office as needed.
- Able to travel as required to support community infection prevention needs.
At PeaceHealth, we carry on the healing mission of Jesus Christ by promoting personal and community health, relieving pain and suffering, and treating each person in a loving and caring way. The fulfillment of this Mission is our shared purpose. It drives all that we are and all that we do. Caregivers of PeaceHealth embrace the spirit of these words and share our commitment to Exceptional Medicine and Compassionate Care and are willing to learn and grow as a member of the PeaceHealth family. DISCLAIMER: The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed within this job class. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of caregivers assigned to this job.
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