INFECTION PREVENTIONIST-SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH-12-(T196108)
To coordinate activities to support nursing homes (skilled nursing facilities and nursing facilities) and other long-term care facilities in the State of Alabama during their response to SARS-CoV-2. To assist these nursing homes and long-term care facilities in building and maintaining the infection prevention infrastructure necessary to support resident, visitor, and facility healthcare personnel safety. This position will work remotely, however, travel to Long Term Care facilities within the Public Health District(s) to conduct in-person site visits and assist with outbreak investigations is required.
This position will work remotely, however, travel to Long Term Care facilities within the Public Health District(s) to conduct in-person site visits and assist with outbreak investigations is required.
This position will also conduct an on-site infection control assessment (ICAR) at participating LTC facilities within their assigned Public Health District(s) and create a feedback report following the assessment to be sent back to the facility.To provide consultation to LTC facilities during outbreak or cluster of infections investigations. Monitors, analyzes, and interprets bacteriology reports and infection statistics, recommends appropriate control measures to prevent dissemination of resistant microorganisms and pathogens. Communicates and investigates potential patient exposures and maintains records of the investigation.Offer training and technical assistance (in-person or remote) to nursing facilities and long-term care facilities to support effective implementation of practices to prevent transmission of infectious agents and/or to support clinical services during infectious disease outbreaks.Conduct outreach to engage with individual nursing home and long-term care (LTC) facilities across the state to identify willingness to participate in the ICAR assessment, address issues of hesitancy and develop plans for outreach and site visits.Participates in ongoing infection prevention continuing educational programs for employees, including SARS-CoV-2, TB, and HIV/Hep/Universal Precautions (and other topics as needed to support LTC facility IPC activities).Participates in Infection Prevention Committees.Perform other duties as assigned
Preferred Skills: * Knowledge of bloodborne pathogens * Written and verbal communication skills * Interpersonal skills * Knowledge and understanding of computer systems * Ability to work as part of a team * Previous experience in working with LTC facilities or in another clinical care environment * Knowledge of infection prevention and control in clinical care environments
Annual Salary Range: $63875 - $103800
Requirement: * Bachelor's Degree in applied clinical science (Nursing, Medical Technology, Microbiology, Public Health) * Current professional licensure if appropriate to the primary discipline (e.g., registered nurse) * At least three years' experience in healthcare and/or public health infection prevention role * Five years of relevant experience for non-nurse applicants; Registered Nurses should have a broad level of experience (ex. critical care, emergency medicine, and medical/surgical nursing).
Preferred: * Master's Degree in nursing, epidemiology, public health, or related field * Current Certification in Infection Control (CIC) or obtain within one year of hire. * Membership in either APIC (Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology) or SHEA (Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America) * Computer skills, research and basic statistical knowledge is preferred. * Demonstrated experience effectively communicating with others, verbally and in writing, including the use of e-mail systems and the development of complex, clinical, or technical documents
In fall 2018, UAB had a third consecutive year of record-high over all enrollment with 21,923 students, including its largest freshman class ever (2,299), with enrollment growth in every school on campus and in the acclaimed UAB Honors College. The freshman class had an average ACT of 25.2 and GPA of 3.73- both higher than 2017. UAB's students are talented and diverse, with minority students making up 40.5 percent of the freshman class and 39.7 percent of the entire of the student body. Logo Logo UAB is was recently recognized as the Top Young University in the U.S. and 10th globally in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. UAB research expenditures are at a record high, exceeding $562 million in FY17, and UAB ranks 15th in federal funding nationally among public universities (top 4 percent) and 31st overall (top 5 percent). In National Institutes of Health funding, UAB ranks 8th among public universities (top 2 percent) and 23rd overall (top 4 percent) with more than $244 million. UAB Health system has over one million patient visits annually and is home to Alabama's largest hospital and the 3rd largest public hospital in the U.S. UAB houses the state's only level ...1 adult trauma center and the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Alabama and a five-state region. UAB is the state's largest single-site employer, with more than 23,000 employees, and has an annual economic impact of over $7.15 billion on Alabama.