What will you do? As an Infection Preventionist, you will work in collaboration with Local Public Health Authorities (LPHAs) and Oregon-based tribes to provide on-site and virtual infection prevention and control (IPC) consultations to prevent and contain the spread of SARS-CoV2 and other infectious pathogens in high-risk healthcare settings, congregate living settings, and high-risk employment settings. You will ensure timely completion of IPC consultations, work closely with LPHAs to prioritize IPC consultations, prepare reports for IPC consultations, and prepare regional progress reports on IPC activities.
You will identify educational needs, develop training materials, deliver training, and train staff to deliver IPC training to other staff. You will plan and conduct regional and statewide educational conferences. In addition, you will assist in the development of presentations, papers, and grant applications.
What are we looking for?
Special Required Qualifications
A current unencumbered Oregon Registered Nursing License OR
The ability to obtain an Oregon Registered Nursing License within the first three months of employment.
A master's degree in nursing and four years of recent (within the last ten years) nursing experience in infectious disease, which includes two years of nurse supervising, administrative, or teaching experience OR a bachelor's degree in nursing and five years of recent (within the last ten years) nursing experience in infectious disease, which includes two years of nurse supervising, administrative or teaching experience.
Experience working with public health, healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), and infectious disease surveillance.
Experience working with patient charts in an inpatient setting to review and abstract data.
Microbiology coursework or significant applied professional experience in microbiology is required.
Rigorous adherence to the highest standards of confidentiality regarding patient information and information security is required.
Experience with electronic medical records (EMR) systems.
Current driver’s license needed as travel is required with some overnight stays.
Experience promoting a culturally competent and diverse work environment.
How to Apply
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The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is at the forefront of lowering and containing costs, improving quality and increasing access to health care in order to improve the lifelong health of Oregonians. OHA is overseen by the nine-member citizen Oregon Health Policy Board working towards comprehensive health reform in our state.
OHA will transform the health care system in Oregon by:
Improving the lifelong health of Oregonians
Increasing the quality, reliability, and availability of care for all Oregonians
Lowering or containing the cost of care so it's affordable to everyone
OHA knows what it needs to do to improve health care: focus on health and preventive care, provide care for everyone and reduce waste in the health care system.
OHA includes most of the state's health care programs, including Public Health and the Oregon Health Plan. This gives the state greater purchasing and market power to begin tackling issues with costs, quality, lack of preventive care and health care access.
The Health Authority is working to fundamentally improve how health care is delivered and paid for, but because poor health is only partially due to lack of medical care, OHA will also be working to reduce health disparities and to broaden the state's focus on prevention.