Inf Preventionist I

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Cincinnati , OH 45201

Posted 3 months ago

DEPARTMENT:Infection Prevention & Control

SUPERVISOR'S TITLE:Director; Infection Prevention & Control Program

TITLES SUPERVISED:N/A

TOTAL NUMBER OF FTEs DIRECTLY SUPERVISED: 0

TOTAL NUMBER OF FTEs INDIRECTLY SUPERVISED: 0

PURPOSE OF POSITION: Collaborate with other Infection Prevention & Control team members to identify and control infection risks associated with the operations of CCHMC through data collection; problem identification; and interventional planning; and assist in efforts to implement program strategic plans. An Infection Preventionist (IP) will typically develop expertise in one or more areas by following an Infection Prevention Control (epidemiology; microbiology; healthcare delivery; public health; healthcare-acquired infection; process improvement; emergency management) or Environment of Care (EOC; planning; design and construction; clinical engineering; facility management; environmental services; performance improvement; emergency management) track.

REPRESENTATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Infection Prevention and Control

Conduct surveillance and reporting of communicable diseases, healthcare associated infections, and/or health risks from the built environment including air and water. Complete necessary reports, review ICRAs and facilities and construction documentation, and maintain records to document infection prevention and control activities. Work collaboratively with program members and external stakeholders to identify areas of risk of endemic and epidemic healthcare acquired infections and the built environment to patients, visitors and employees. Make recommendations to supervisor and program leaders based on learnings. Assist in the development of policies and procedures to identify and reduce risks to patients, families and employees. Participate in outbreak investigations and bioresponse preparation and execution. Collaborate with Employee Health and Occupational Safety and Environmental Health to provide post exposure testing, treatment and prophylaxis.

  • Informatics

Enter data into and maintain local and external electronic databases (NHSN, ODRS, Vigilanz, Epic). Conduct regular, routine data analysis and visual report displays to provide meaningful data to program members and stakeholders. Review timeliness, accuracy, availability and security of information.

  • Performance Improvement

Participate in performance improvement efforts related to infection prevention and control

  • Research

Under the direction of the Program Director, participate as desired in research activities related to infection prevention and control

  • Education

Support orientation and training of employees and education to personnel, patients or families through structured presentations and unstructured interactions as needed. Obtain Certification in Infection Prevention and Control within 2 years of hire. Develop currency and professional development in field through continuing education, literature, and seminars. Implement gained knowledge into programmatic functions. May participate in efforts for education and advancement in the field in organizations such as APIC, ASHRAE, ASM, SHEA, PIDS, IDSA, etc.

  • Serve as a Resource

Establish and maintain working relationships with stakeholders throughout CCHMC to carry out Infection Prevention and Control program activities. Respond to Program Coordinator requests and deadlines in a timely manner. With supervisor oversight, provide accurate, concise information in response to stakeholder inquiries. Under supervision, represent the program as an active member of committees and group rounds to identify risks, facilitate policy adherence, and insure compliance with regulatory standards at the hospital base and satellite facilities.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE

Required:

  • Bachelor's in a related field or equivalent combo of education, training, & experience

  • 2 years in infection prevention and control or a healthcare related field

  • Certification in Infection Prevention and Control, or obtain within 2 years of hire

Preferred:

  • Knowledge and experience in one or more areas of concentration

Unique Skills:

  • Communication - Advanced

Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills

  • Judgment

Evaluating data from reliable sources and using sound thought processes and relevant experience to make the optimal choice in a timely manner. Seek assistance when making difficult decisions even in highly ambiguous situations

  • Data Proficiency

Proficiency in computer applications such as Microsoft Office, email and internet. Proficiency in data collection and basic analysis

  • Relationship Management

Ability to develop positive working relationships with peers/colleagues, exhibit diplomacy, and develop and sustain meaningful and productive bonds with others based on mutual respect. Projecting a positive and professional image and working to enhance credibility, reputation, and value by being accessible, approachable, and interpersonally engaged

  • Independence and Teamwork

Ability to work both independently and in a team environment, work cooperatively with others to achieve group goals, and valuing group success as much or more than individual success

  • Integrity

Showing consistency between values and behavior. Being truthful and direct; building credibility and gaining others' trust. Protecting sensitive or confidential information

  • Leadership

Motivating, inspiring, and energizing others to achieve goals; leading by example

  • Diversity Appreciation

Understanding and showing respect and appreciation for the uniqueness of all individuals. Appreciating cultural differences and adjusting one's approach to successfully integrate with others who are different from oneself


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