Methodist Hospital South
RN - Infection Preventionist I
Part Time Days
In July 2017, South Texas Regional Medical Center became part of the Methodist Healthcare System family, the most preferred and respected healthcare provider in the area. With this change of ownership, we are now known as Methodist Hospital South. Even though our name has changed, the heart of our hospital remains; it just got a little bigger. The foundation we now stand on is faith-based and driven by our commitment to "Serving Humanity to Honor God".
The clinical team at Methodist Hospital South is comprised of healthcare professionals with years of training and experience who bring compassion to their work. Our 67 bed hospital has been nationally recognized by Leapfrog's Hospital Safety Grade A, is a recipient of the Excellence in Patient Safety Across the Board Award, designated as an accredited Chest Pain Center, and is in pursuit of Level IV trauma designation. Our maternal newborn center has been recognized with a Level I Maternal & Neonatal designation and participates in the TexasAIM, Baby Friendly and Texas 10 Step programs. Acute care services include our Emergency Department, Medical/Surgical Unit, Intensive Care Unit, Labor & Delivery, 3 Operating Rooms and an Endoscopy suite. Diagnostic and outpatient services include Tele-Neurology, Imaging, Laboratory, Cardiopulmonary and Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapies. For more information, please visit our website at www.methodisthospitalsouth.com.
We offer you a generous benefits package including:
Medical, Dental, disability and life insurance
Flexible Spending Accounts
Paid Time Off
Employee Discount Program
Employee Stock Purchase Program
Your Role: RN Infection Preventionist
The Infection Preventionist participates in the development, implementation, and coordination of an ongoing program for surveillance, prevention and control of infections among patients, employees, visitors and medical staff.
Collects, collates, and classifies epidemiological and quality improvement data required by the Infection Prevention Program such as data on risk factors, infections, and patient care practices; investigates unusual infections and significant clusters of infections for their possible sources; assists with special studies as required.
Reviews and analyses epidemiological data to identify unusual infections and significant clustering of infections and to determine trends in infection patterns and antimicrobial resistance; determines infection rates based on risk stratification of patients. Identifies and reports to stakeholders important trends related to infections and their prevention and control.
Reports data in a systematic, effective manner: maintains a current listing of nosocomial and other significant infections as indicated for review by the Epidemiologist and Director of Infection Prevention; prepares a monthly report of nosocomial infections for review by the Infection Control Committee; presents verbal summaries of monthly infections to Committee; and interfaces between the hospital, physicians, and Health Department (or other community agencies) for infectious disease reporting and control.
Identifies and investigates environmental infection hazards and recommends methods to eliminate/control problems.
Serves as a consultant to hospital personnel and medical staff on patient placement, isolation, and other interventions to control or reduce infections or infectious risks among patients, personnel, medical staff, and visitors.
Conducts orientation and in-service education classes relative to infection prevention for hospital employees and volunteers.
Participates in infection prevention activities in the community through membership in professional organizations and keeps abreast of new developments, issues and current literature; maintains knowledge of requirements for infection prevention from local, state, federal, regulatory and accreditation bodies.
Experience and Education:
Bachelors degree in a medical science related field (e.g., clinical nursing, microbiology, epidemiology, public health, biology, biostatistics), OR
Two-year degree in a health related field PLUS two years' experience in infection prevention or a related field, such as clinical nursing, microbiology, epidemiology or public health.
Required computer skills include proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets, databases, power point and graphic display programs, as well as a level of comfort with learning and adapting to new programs. Two years recent experience in hospital infection prevention preferred. Completion of CDC or APIC sponsored infection prevention training desirable. Working knowledge of statistics and epidemiological principles desirable.
License and Certification:
Employee completes initial and ongoing training and competencies as defined by service line, facility and department/unit which are specific to the needs of the patient population served (if applicable).