The Infection Preventionist I is responsible for the identification, investigation, reporting, prevention, and control of health care associated infections (HAI) and of the day-to-day infection prevention activities for any designated healthcare facility, clinic and healthcare service throughout the continuum of care for AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center to which they are assigned in accordance with accepted standards and regulatory requirements of the infection prevention program. The qualified candidate must possess flexibility to be on call to cover emergencies and critical test results for communicable diseases.
The Infection Preventionist I aligns their career development and goals with APIC's Infection Preventionist competency model and supports teammates accordingly. The Infection Preventionist I will meet the practice standards set forth by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology (APIC) and will be responsible for the following activities:
1. Conducts surveillance for healthcare associated infections using standardized definitions and reports infections per standards and regulatory requirements. 2. Researches, critiques, and incorporates evidenced-based infection prevention activities that are specific to the practice setting and the population served. 3. Designs data collection methods and monitors compliance with process measures to prevent infections. Aggregates and formats data into information; analyzes findings. Communicates findings to stakeholders. Facilitates stakeholder analysis and action planning to address findings. 4. Interprets diagnostic and laboratory reports, identifies appropriate practices for specimen collection, and differentiates between colonization, infection, and contamination. 5. Applies epidemiologic principles to conduct surveillance through basic case finding methods and application of standardized criteria for the identification and classification of events, indicators, or outcomes. 6. Applies basic and more advanced statistical techniques to describe data and benchmark against acceptable standards. 7. Uses data to identify the need for change and implement basic intervention/ performance improvement projects. Facilitates performance improvement teams. 8. Reports epidemiologically significant findings to appropriate stakeholders. 9. Plans and executes outbreak investigations, analyzes findings and specifies control activities. Coordinates with NJDOH as applicable. 10. Co-designs workflow with EVS leadership and evaluates and monitors of environmental cleaning and disinfection practices. 11. Integrate pertinent regulatory requirements into practice. 12. Performs needs assessments for related to infection prevention topics, designs and delivers targeted education. 13. Reports communicable diseases and HAIs per federal and state regulatory requirements. 14. Utilizes basic and more advanced information technology and systems applications necessary to perform responsibilities. 15. Assists with the planning and logistics of the monthly Infection Prevention Committee meetings and associated Subcommittee meetings. Presents updates and reports of topics associated with their facilitation. 16. Others duties as assigned.
EDUCATION: Baccalaureate Degree in a Health Related Field (Nursing, Microbiology, Public Health, Medical Technologist).
LICENSE/CERTIFICATION: The Infection Preventionist in this role progresses through the learning curriculum for certification from the Certification Board in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology (CBIC) and tests within 5 years of entry into the role. Successful certification is required for promotion to IP II, but not a role requirement for IP I. If an RN, current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of New Jersey is required.
EXPERIENCE: Two years of experience in acute care, public health, or other patient-related clinical experience. One year experience in epidemiology and infection control is preferred. Applicant must be able to demonstrate an understanding of basic microbiology. Proficiency in Clinical Applications preferred at time of hire; incumbents within position will be trained appropriately and then skill will be required for this position within 30-60 days from date of hire. Computer proficient, spreadsheet applications required; good organizational, written, and verbal communication skills are essential.
PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS Demonstrates the clinical competencies as established on the Assessment and Evaluation Tool.
WORK ENVIRONMENT Potential for exposure to the hazards and risks of the hospital environment including exposure to communicable diseases, hazardous substances, and potential injury. Requires the ability to walk, stand, and reach a majority of the time. Intact vision and speech, as well as sufficient hearing also required. May require occasional lifting 20 lbs. The essential functions for this position are listed on the A&E tool.
Core Competencies will be assessed primarily on the following patient population(s) served
REPORTING RELATIONSHIP This position reports to the Patient Safety Officer , Corporate Director of Infection Prevention.
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