HonorHealth is a non-profit, local community healthcare system serving an area of 1.6 million people in the greater Phoenix area. The network encompasses five acute-care hospitals, an extensive medical group, outpatient surgery centers, a cancer care network, clinical research, medical education, a foundation and community services with approximately 12,300 employees, 3,700 affiliated physicians and 3,100 volunteers. HonorHealth is initiating recruitment efforts for the following opportunity:
Senior Infection Preventionist
The Senior Infection Preventionist acts as a resource and consultant to all clinical, support and management services and medical staff regarding infection prevention and control. Applies epidemiologic principals and statistical methods, including risk stratification, identifies target populations, analyzes trends and risk factors and designs and evaluates the effectiveness of the infection prevention program and approaches. Demonstrates knowledge of principles related to infection prevention and control including microbiology, epidemiology, standards and technology of patient care, infectious diseases, sterilization, sanitation and disinfection practices and adult education principles. Specific accountabilities include:
Provides direction for comprehensive infection prevention and control surveillance activities including routine patient-focused and microbiological surveillance, outbreak investigation, environment and construction surveillance, and communicable disease reporting. Interprets surveillance data and presents the information to the Infection Prevention and Control Committee and hospital/medical staff departments. Consistently utilizes the CDC/NHSN criteria to evaluate and assign healthcare associated versus community acquired infection status. Possesses a comprehensive knowledge of NHSN and submits data to the CDC/NHSN database according to CMS requirements. Directs and assists in preparing reports and statistical data for the infection control committee, and the facility's administration and other committees as needed.
Leads and participates in local infection prevention improvement programs with special focus on CLABSI, CAUTI, C.difficile and MRSA, along with Surgical Site infection reductions strategies. Guides the implementation of best practices using recommendations from APIC, CDC, SHEA and other infection prevention agencies as appropriate.
Develops and maintains a comprehensive infection prevention and control plan for the facility based on most current scientific knowledge and evidence-based practice. Serves as a resource to the facility for interpretation and guidance on adherence of policies and procedures with infection prevention and control implications including construction, environment of care, bioterrorism and occupational health.
Plans and participates in providing infection-control related education programs for patients, clinical and non-clinical staff, physicians, volunteers, students and the community. Tailors programs to general, position-specific and individual learning needs and makes recommendations for staff development.
Serves as a consultant to the facility in providing recommendations on appropriate patient care supplies, sterilization, disinfection and cleaning supplies, and safe needle products utilizing the latest evidence-based knowledge and the principles of epidemiology
Serves as a resource to the facility on infection prevention and control-related aspects of construction, environment of care, disasters and bioterrorism/epidemic detection and response.
Performs annual facility risk assessment and next years’ annual goal development based on outcome measures and a comprehensive assessment of the previous year.
Acts as Liaison with county public health
Consults with administration, legal/risk management, physicians, and staff on complex situations involving patients, staff, and the environment.
Responds and participates in facility approach to emerging infectious disease situations, such as Ebola and Pandemic Influenza. Conducts facility gap assessments and shared information to inform the development of policies and procedures to meet compliance with state certification for infectious diseases as appropriate.
Audits and maintains compliance with national standards and regulatory bodies such as CDC, OSHA, and the FDA.
Participates and guides post-exposure investigation for internal and external healthcare workers in consultation with Occupational Health and outside agencies.
Enjoy exceptional, progressive benefits including Health, Dental, Vision and Pet Insurance, Tuition Reimbursement, 403 (b), 529 College Savings Plan, Child Care Center, and much more.
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It is the policy of HonorHealth to provide equal opportunity in employment. Selection and employment of applicants will be made on the basis of their qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or any other legally protected status. www.honorhealth.com
Bachelor's degree in Nursing, Medical Lab-Technology or health related field
Certified in Infection Control (CIC)
Two years experience in Infection Control in an acute care setting