Infection Preventionist

LOCATION: NE Texas- Sulphur Springs TX

TITLE: Infection Preventionist / Employee Health  - Hospital

DEPARTMENT: Patient Care Services                                             

GENERAL SUMMARY:

Under direction of the Medical Director of Infection Control and the Chief Medical Officer, provides surveillance throughout the hospital to identify, investigate and record data concerning nosocomial infections.  Initiates infection prevention procedures and measures as indicated by the Infection Control Plan and program.  Works to review employee health issues and ensures compliance with local, state and federal requirements.

 

MISSION STATEMENT:

Provide an exceptional patient experience through quality patient-centered care and a work environment that attracts and retains the best staff, physicians and volunteers.

 

VISION STATEMENT:

When given a choice, patients will choose HCMH over other available options and will recommend our hospital to friends and family.

 

VALUES:

  • Service

    • We believe that serving others is what we have been called to do.

    • We will provide service with grace, humility and a willing heart.

  • Compassion

    • We believe that caring is necessary for healing.

    • We will treat patients, family, fellow employees and physicians with consideration and kindness.

  • Integrity

    • We believe that saying what you mean and keeping commitments is necessary for trust.

    • We will always behave in ways that demonstrate our high ethical standards.

  • Respect

    • We believe in the honor and worth of every individual.

    • We will treat patients, families, fellow employees and physicians with courtesy and respect.

  • Safety

    • We believe that competent employees and continuously improving processes are the foundation for a harm-free environment.

    • We will create an environment that minimizes risk to patients, family and employees.

  • Stewardship

    • We believe that we should provide services efficiently and effectively in order to assure long-term financial stability.

  • Positive attitude

    • We believe that a willingness to help is a foundation of teamwork.

    • We will create an environment that encourages people to work together.

 

HIPAA SECURITY COMPLIANCE:

Security Access: High “Incumbent has access to restricted or confidential patient information and must comply with the terms of the HIPPA guidelines as it applies to their job role.”

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Behavior Standards:

  • HCMH will create an environment that supports and encourages teamwork; Promote teamwork by making eye contact, greeting people; promoting interdepartmental cooperation & communication; Share your good mood.

  • HCMH uses AIDET to build a culture of quality service. AIDET is an acronym that stands for Acknowledge, Introduce, Duration, Explanation, & Thank You.

  • Demonstrates professional, positive attitudes that promote understanding, empathy, & good communication for all our customers.

  • Demonstrates a high ethical standard at all times whether someone is watching or not.

  • Promotes respect for all patients, families, fellow employees, physicians, & coworkers.

  • Promotes a safe environment by picking up trash, cleaning up spills, tagging & taking equipment out of service, keeping hallways free of clutter.

  • Ensure compliance requirement regarding billing. Using supplies & services in a manner that avoids loss and waste. Limits personal business to lunch & breaks. Do not use hospital computers for playing games, shopping, Facebook, or Twitter.

 

Duties Specific to an Infection Preventionist / Employee Healt

Medical Service and Safety Committees:

  • Serves as a member of the Medical Service and Safety Committees to include Medical Executive Committee, Infection Control Committee, Safety Committee, NCQIC and PCSQIC.

  • Coordinates agenda and reports for meetings as indicated.

  • Reports monitoring findings to appropriate meetings/directors/physicians.Preventive,

Surveillance and Control Procedures:

  • Monitors healthcare-associated infections.

  • Collects, analyzes and reports data on infectious and reportable diseases, on a weekly basis or as needed. 

  • Reports communicable diseases to the state as required by law.

  • Conducts outbreak investigations and initiates prevention measures.

  • Identifies high risk patients and performs investigative activities on a daily basis.

  • Assesses infection prevention problems and makes recommendations for corrective action.

  • Keeps current trend graphs in nosocomial infections on a quarterly basis.

  • Oversees the monitoring of infection prevention practices for all departments and personnel.

  • Routinely makes EOC/IC rounds in all areas of the hospital in order to detect breakdowns of infection prevention measures or potentially unsafe practices.

  • Initiates, reviews and revised infection prevention policies and procedures.

  • Consults with department heads and physicians as needed to improve care.

  • Initiates follow-up on employee/patient exposures to communicable diseases and employee compliance.

  • Serves as a resource for all departments and staff as needed.

  • Participates in performance improvement activities.

  • Participates in short-and long-range planning for the Infection Prevention Department

Employee Health:

  • Conducts pre-employment assessments of referred applicants to evaluate health status.

  • Coordinates follow up care and communicates with employees with illness or exposures.

  • Supervises voluntary immunizations and other health prevention programs as necessary to maintain optimal health conditions for employees.

  • Effectively provides appropriate health education communication to employees as needed.

  • Educational Programs for Prevention and Control of Infection for all Personnel/Patients:

    • Reviews and disseminates current infection prevention information to appropriate individuals and departments.

    • Contacts employees in all high risk areas for commitment and signing of consent forms.

    • Maintains records of infections among patients/personnel.

    • Provides monthly orientation for all new employees as to importance of their responsibility of infection prevention practices, personal hygiene, employee health and safety policies.

    • Provides orientation for PCS staff as to good infection prevention practices. 

    • Provides educational offerings for orientation and ongoing inservices.

  • Maintains membership in APIC and TSCIP.

 

MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

  • BS, RN or BS, MT (ASCP) with Certification in Infection Control preferred.

  • Bachelor Degree in Nursing

  • BLS

  • Computer skills required (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)

  • OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Class I

  • Basic knowledge of CQI

  • Ability to teach and evaluate clinical performance

 

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY REQUIREMENTS: (Constant = 67-100% of workday, Frequent = 34-66% of workday, Occasional = 33% or less of workday)

 

CONSTANT

Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Those activities in which they must convey detailed or important instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.

 

Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal range. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication.

 

Seeing: Ability to view for reading patient information, doctor’s orders, computer terminal, instructions, etc.

 

 

FREQUENT:

Repetitive Motions: Substantial movements of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.

Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm while picking up supplies, telephone, etc.

Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) to obtain needed items.

Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks.

Stooping: Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist.

Kneeling: Bending legs at knee to come to a rest.

Pushing: Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward, or outward while moving objects.

Pulling: Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, drag, haul or tug objects.

Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position.

 

OCCASIONAL:

Ascending or descending: Using a step stool.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS REQUIREMENTS:

Medium Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

 

VISUAL ACUITY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Ability to read pertinent printed materials and distinguish colors.

  • Ability to review patient charts and printed information.

  • Work involves keyboard entry (typing) of patient information.

 

INTELLECTUAL/EMOTIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Adaptability to performing a variety of duties, often changing from one task to another of a different nature without loss of efficiency or composure.

  • Adaptability to situations involving the interpretation of feelings, ideas, or facts in terms of personal viewpoint.

  • Adaptability to influencing people in the opinions, attitudes, or judgments about ideas or things.

  • Adaptability to making generalizations, evaluations, or decisions based on sensory or judgmental criteria.

  • Adaptability to making generalizations, evaluations or decisions based on measurable or verifiable criteria.

  • Adaptability to dealing with people beyond giving and receiving instructions.

  • Adaptability to performing under stress when confronted with emergency, critical, unusual, or dangers situations; or situations in which working speed and sustained attention are make-or-break aspects of the job.

  • Adaptability to accepting responsibility for the direction, control, or planning of an activity.

  • Adaptability to maintain both a high standard of courtesy and cooperation in dealing with co-workers, patients and visitors, and satisfactory job performance despite the stress of a medical work environment.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS:

Employees in this job classification have been identified as having the likelihood of occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials, therefore, are included in OSHA Exposure Control Plan with all its specifications for preventing contact with the above materials. Employees in this job classification have also been identified as having the likelihood of exposure to sharps, glass containers and hazardous chemicals.

 

If interested please send resume in Microsoft Word Document format to marilyn@e-proact.com.