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Req. No

83125

Job Title

Infection Preventionist RN

Market

CHRISTUS St Michael

Category

Quality and Risk Management

Facility

CHRISTUS St Michael Health System

Address

2600 St Michael Drive
Texarkana, TX  75503
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Type

FULL TIME

Infection Preventionist RN Job in Texarkana

JOB SUMMARY

Assumes responsibility for and provides guidance to the hospital-wide infection prevention control program. Serves as a resource on infection risk assessment, surveillance prevention, and control strategies. Utilizes epidemiology principles to monitor the delivery of patient care and investigate potential outbreaks of infection. Maintains knowledge of external regulatory standards related to infection surveillance, prevention, and control. Ensures policies and procedures meet regulation standards. Acts as a liaison between departments and the Infection Control Committee. Also serves as a resource person for orientation, continuing staff education, patient care, the community, Employee Health, and in the development of hospital-wide infection control policies, procedures, and practices.

MAJOR JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

•Performs and documents physical surveillance of the environment on a routine and as-needed basis.

·Precise identification, calculation, and submission of epidemiological rates of hospital and community-associated infections.

•Effectively communicates with all pertinent stakeholder notifications of changes, for education provision, partnership in initiatives, i.e. administration, nursing, environmental services, plant ops, etc.

•Strategizes and assists with annual risk assessment, program, plans, annual goals, etc. to meet Facility, Regional, Corporate, and regulatory requirements.

•Represents the Facility, the Region, the Corporation, and the Infection Prevention and Control Department in facility-specific committees and system committees, and regulatory surveys through active participation, preparedness, and critical thinking.

•Collects and analyzes infection control data. Plans, implements, and evaluates infection prevention and control measures. Develops and revises infection control policies and procedures in accordance with evaluation findings, as well as changes in regulatory mandates.

•Investigates suspected outbreaks of infection. Addresses physician=s concerns about perceived, potential, or actual problems. Serves as liaison to local health authorities for the reporting of communicable diseases.

•Educates individuals about infection risk, prevention, and control. Provides consultation for patients' families, associates, and physician's regarding infection concerns.

•Strategizes and assists with annual risk assessment, program, plans, annual goals, etc. to meet Facility, Regional, Corporate, and regulatory requirements.

 Education/Skills

·Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, Microbiology, Medical Technology, Epidemiology, or Master of Public Health (MPH) or other health-related field required.

 Experience

·Prior Infection Prevention experience is preferred

·Demonstrates experience in the field of infection control of epidemiology and OSHA standards preferred

 Licenses, Registrations, or Certifications

·Current licensure in the state of practice if licensed as an RN or related field.

·APIC Basic Training and CBIC certification preferred.

·Certification in Infection Prevention and Control (CIC) within 2 years of hire.

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