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Infection Preventionist

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Job Details
Job Order Number
7542634
Company Name
Memorial Medical Center
Physical Address
Company Worksite
Decatur, IL 62521
Job Description

Infection Preventionist
Job Locations

US-IL-Decatur

ID
2020-4475

Category
Professional and Leadership

Position Type
Full-Time

Overview

Assists with development and implements effective measures to identify, prevent and control Healthcare Associated Infections.
Qualifications

Education and/or Other Requirements

Minimum of five years’ experience in healthcare.

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Professional expectation to acquire CIC (Certification in Infection Control) through the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC) within four (4) years of being in position.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures and strategies to promote effective local, state or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property and institutions.
  • Ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing
  • Ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions.
  • Understand written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Uses logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs including Word and Excel preferred.

General Skill Requirements

In addition to the Essential Functions and Qualifications listed above, to perform the job successfully an individual must also possess the following General Skill Requirements.

  • Adaptability – Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Accepts criticism and feedback; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; ability to work with frustrating situations; work under pressure and on an irregular schedule such as unscheduled overtime, unanticipated changes in work pace; Works with numerous distractions.
  • Attendance and Punctuality – Schedules time off in advance; Begins working on time; Keeps absences within guidelines; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; Arrives at meetings and appointments on time.
  • Communications – Expresses ideas and thoughts verbally; Expresses ideas and thoughts in written form; Exhibits good listening and comprehension; Keeps others adequately informed; Selects and uses appropriate communication methods.
  • Cooperation – Establishes and maintains effective relations; Exhibits tact and consideration; Displays positive outlook and pleasant manner; Offers assistance and support to co-workers; Works cooperatively in group situations; Works actively to resolve conflicts.
  • Job Knowledge – Competent in required job skills and knowledge; Exhibits ability to learn and apply new skills; Keeps abreast of current developments; Requires minimal supervision; Displays understanding of how job relates to others; Uses resources effectively.
  • Judgment – displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions; ability to work with and maintain confidential information.
  • Problem solving – Identifies problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Resolves problems in early stages; Works well in group problem solving situations.
  • Quality – Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Displays commitment to excellence; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
  • Quantity – Meets productivity standards; Completes work in timely manner; Strives to increase productivity; Works quickly; Achieves established goals.
  • Concentration – Maintains attention to detail over extended period of time; continually aware of variations in changing situations.
  • Supervision – ability to perform work independently or with minimal supervision; ability to assign and/or review work; train and/or evaluate other employees.

Environmental Factors

Direct patient care duties involve the potential for frequent exposure to blood and body fluids.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Must be able to walk, stand, stoop, kneel and assist in lifting patients; able to assist patients and/or adjust equipment at floor level; able to reach, change and read IV’s 5 feet from the floor unaided; able to support persons (possibly 200 pounds or more) in emergency situations; able to move quickly from place to place on occasion, including from floor to floor in emergency situations; able to utilize fine motor control in hands for tasks such as medication preparation and administration; able to hear to take blood pressure and to hear breath, heart and bowel sounds. Must possess visual acuity to meet visual demands in charting and operating equipment.

Mental Demands

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be able to work under stress and adapt to changing conditions.
  • Ability to adhere to strict confidentiality requirements.

Note

Reasonable accommodations may be made to assist an otherwise qualified individual in the performance of the job. In order to meet the needs of the Company employees may be assigned other duties, in addition to or in lieu of those described above.

Responsibilities

Essential Functions and Job Duties

Clinical Judgment – Clinical reasoning, which includes decision-making, critical thinking and a global grasp of the situation, coupled with clinical skills acquired through a process of integrating formal and informal experiential knowledge and evidence-based guidelines.

  • Performs day-to-day operations of the Infection Prevention and Control Program. Completes surveillance duties including surveys, routine rounding and review of pertinent clinical data to determine the potential for community-acquired or healthcare acquired infections. Identify trends or clusters of infection
    Maintains documentation of surveillance activities.
    Evaluates aseptic and sterile techniques, isolation techniques and sanitation techniques.
  • Takes action to implement changes in practices within the institution to prevent infections.
  • Incorporates best practice and research into all decision-making.
  • Acts as a resource to other staff when expert judgment is needed to facilitate infection prevention
  • Assists with surveillance for Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) following NHSN definitions and protocols.

Clinical Inquiry (Innovator/Evaluator) – The ongoing process of questioning and evaluating practice and providing informed practice. Creating practice changes through research utilization and experimental learning.

  • Serves as a professional resource for all hospital departments.
  • Leads hospital projects for infection control and coordinates infection control improvement activities for the organization.
  • Assists with development and maintenance of Infection Prevention and Control policy and procedures.
  • Assists with dissemination of infection control data to appropriate departments/committees.

Facilitator of Learning – The ability to facilitate learning for patients/families, staff and other members of the healthcare team and community. Include both formal and informal facilitation of learning.

  • Maintains current and comprehensive knowledge of Infection Control through professional literature, seminars and other meetings. Assures organization wide disbursement of knowledge and expertise.
  • Assists with development and presents in-services/CBLs to hospital personnel related to Infection Prevention and Control.
  • Assists with development s and maintains patient and family education using clinical outcome data and evidence-based practice guidelines.
  • Assists with development and presents Infection Prevention presentations to community partners and the public.

Collaboration/Systems Thinking – Working with others in a way that promotes and encourages each person’s contribution toward achieving goals. Involves intra- and inter- disciplinary work with colleagues and community

  • Maintains professional working relationships with agency personnel.
  • Communicates as appropriate with state, county and local public health agencies regarding communicable diseases.
  • Serves as a member of the Infection Control Committee and member of organizational committees as appropriate.
  • Assists with the annual risk assessment, update of the Infection Control Plan and completion of the annual evaluation.
  • Collaborate with Corporate Health on required employee health activities including immunizations and exposure follow-up.
  • Collaborates with community partners to initiate and maintain patient continuity of care.

Performs other duties as assigned.
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Memorial Medical Center is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.


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