The Infection Preventionist is appointed by the Board of Trustees, on recommendation of medical staff and nursing leadership. This position has the authority and responsibility, under the direction of the CEO, CMO, CNO and the Chair of the Medical Staff Infection Control Committee, to effectively coordinate the Adirondack Health program for Surveillance, Prevention and Control of Infection, in accordance with prevailing statute, regulation and standards, and the current Scope of Practice as defined by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CBIC). Effectively mitigates risks related to infections by making recommendations designed to reduce or eliminate, where possible, infections. Collects, profiles, analyzes, follows up and prepares reports on infectious diseases. Teaches pertinent infection control and transmission-based precaution policies and procedures to employees, medical staff, students and volunteers. Accurately abstracts complex clinical data into applicable databases, including the automated surveillance technology (AST) platform, in accordance with the most current federal and state specifications. Assures the timely and accurate submission prior to deadline of required healthcare acquired infection data to the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) portal. Monitors the automated surveillance technology (AST) platform for identification and control of hospital-acquired infections and implementation of evidence-based infection control practices. Works closely with the Environmental Services to maintain a sanitary environment. Works closely with Plant Operations staff during construction and renovation projects to assure compliance with Infection Prevention protocols, using an Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) tool approved by the Environment of Care and Infection Control Committees.
Education: Degree in a health sciences field such as Nursing, Microbiology, Medical Technology, Epidemiology, or Pharmacy required. Certification: Certification by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CBIC) required within 2 years of hire.
Experience: Two (2) years’ experience in a health care setting required. Knowledge of statistics, data collection, analysis, and data presentation required.
Skills: Must be highly organized, with the ability to set priorities, work independently, and be an effective team member. Must possess a high degree of attention to detail and the ability to abstract complex clinical data in support of patient safety and peer review activities. Excellent critical thinking skills. Excellent problem solving skills. Ability to facilitate teams. Effective at building formal and informal networks inside and outside the organization to further departmental and institutional goals. Adept at building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives and goals.
An effective communicator, capable of determining how best to reach different audiences and executing communications based on that understanding. Effective at gaining the support and commitment of others.
Resilient in recovering from setbacks and skilled at finding detours around obstacles. Adept at learning quickly, applying insights from past efforts to new situations. Flexible in approach and demeanor in order to align with circumstances. Must be assertive and confident in managing complex situations and teams. Must be flexible and creative. Action-oriented and eager to embrace new opportunities and challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy, and enthusiasm. Maintains confidentiality of information and is reliable, tactful, and discreet. Requires ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment, and to effectively prioritize workload. Requires familiarity with MS Office suite. Familiarity with Adirondack Health EMR’s, AST database, relevant federal and state databases such as NHSN required within 1 month of hire.
Adirondack Health is a not-for-profit organization with a strong commitment to serving our region. Our medical and support staff is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the patients, residents, and visitors they serve. With an experienced medical staff, board certified in 25 specialties, we provide an interdisciplinary approach that serves patients where they need us, when they need us.