Infection Prevention Practitioner 60139884802

Job Description

The Infection Prevention Practitioner a qualified individual who has knowledge of CDC guidelines and definitions of healthcare-associated infections, federal and state regulations.  She/He is responsible for identifying, reporting, investigating and controlling infections and communicable diseases of patients and personnel.  She/He may institute collection of cultures, employee lab work and initiate appropriate isolation precautions.  She/He is responsible for assisting with in-service programs and employee education related to infection prevention and control.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS

  • Demonstrates effective collaboration with physicians and staff  as a  resource person, educator and problem solver in order to successfully meet the Hospital’s performance improvement/patient safety goals.
  • Demonstrates support of the organization’s Patient Safety Program.
  • Performs data analysis using a variety of performance improvement tools to identity when levels of performance indicate a pattern or trend that varies from those expected.
  • Develops root cause analysis and implements corrective action plans for assigned activities so that changes are made that improve performance, improve patient safety and/or reduce risks.
  • Demonstrates critical thinking skills by making decisions that are congruent with the organization’s policies, procedures and guidelines.

Requirements

  • Must have a current license as a Registered Professional Nurse in the state of Texas or equivalent degree in healthcare (i.e. microbiology or public health).  A baccalaureate degree is preferred.
  • Certification in Infection Control is preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in a hospital setting or Infection Prevention and Control experience. 

·         Working knowledge of microbiology, epidemiology, infectious diseases, aseptic technique and current practices.

  • Able to apply basic principles and tools of performance improvement to a wide range of  problems
  • Language Skills:
    • Able to read and interpret medical record documentation and Hospital policies and procedures.
    • Able to communicate effectively with patients, families, hospital staff, medical staff and the general public.

·         Basic computer knowledge (data entry, word processing, e-mail, Excel).

  • Mathematical Skills:
    • Able to graph data collected to aid in performance improvement.

Date Posted:
6/26/2014
Location:
Midland Memorial Hospital Main Campus
Midland, Texas
Type:
Full-Time
Category:
Infection Prevention