Foundation Health

  • Infection Preventionist

    Job Locations US-AK-Fairbanks
    Posted Date 4 months ago(4 months ago)
    Job ID
    2018-3273
    Category
    Quality/Regulatory
    Facility Name
    Fairbanks Memorial Hospital
    Position Type
    FA: Full Time
    New Grad
    No
  • Overview

    The Infection Preventionist assists the supervisor in organizing and directing the activities of the infection control program for all departments throughout a facility or ambulatory setting, including surveillance, infection prevention and control measures, and education for employees.

     

    About Fairbanks Memorial Hospital

    Fairbanks Memorial Hospital is a non-profit facility owned by the Greater Fairbanks Community Hospital Foundation. A Joint Commission accredited facility with 152 licensed beds, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital is the primary referral center for residents of Alaska's interior. We have a strong patient to nurse ratio and a culture of Shared Leadership. In addition to our exceptional clinical environment, our location offers incomparable lifestyle rewards away from work. In Fairbanks, small-town living, spectacular natural beauty and endless recreation combine to create a one-of-a-kind place to live, work and play.

     

    Position Available:

    40 hours per week

    8 hour shifts 

    Days

    On Call Required (Rotating Schedule)

     

    RN Degree Highly Preferred

     

    Two years clinical experience in a hospital setting or disease surveillance experience in a public health setting required.

     

    Responsibilities

    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

    1. Conducts focused surveillance for healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), detects and records HAIs on a systematic and current basis, analyzes HAIs and prepares reports for the Infection Control Committee of the facility or ambulatory setting. Reports communicable diseases as required by regulation. 
    1. Makes recommendations when problems are identified. Interprets department policies and procedures in conjunction with the Manager. 
    1. Interacts with physicians, nurses, department managers, supervisors, and other professional and nonprofessional staff members as a consultant. 
    1. Enters data into computer, prepares reports, conducts analytical studies and summarizes surveillance data. 
    1. Initiates epidemiological investigations of significant clusters of infections and single cases of unusual infection. 
    1. Assists with continuing infection control education and in-service programs to departments, including orientation for new employees. 
    1. Reviews and assists with evaluation of hospital policies, procedures and guidelines as they relate to infection control. Assists in writing and revising infection control policies and procedures. 
    1. Makes recommendations regarding construction, renovation, environmental rounds, and assures compliance with national and/or professional standards.

     

    Performs all functions according to established policies, procedures, regulatory and accreditation requirements, as well as applicable professional standards. Provides all customers of Foundation Health with an excellent service experience by consistently demonstrating our core and leader behaviors each and every day.

     

    NOTE: The essential functions are intended to describe the general content of and requirements of this position and are not intended to be an exhaustive statement of duties. Specific tasks or responsibilities will be documented as outlined by the incumbent's immediate manager.

     

    Qualifications

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

    Requires Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in nursing or other related healthcare field.

     

    Minimum of 2 years’ clinical experience in a healthcare setting required.  Current Registered Nurse (RN) license, OR Masters in Public Health (MPH), OR Certified Medical Technologist required.

     

    Basic infection control education required (includes attendance at an approved formalized infection control basic training program).

     

    Must be eligible to sit for Certification in Infection Control (CIC) certification within 2 years of hire.  Must obtain CIC certification within 1 year of eligibility.

     

    PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

    Master’s degree in a related field

     

    Current RN license

     

    Current CIC Certification

     

    Computer skills, research and basic statistical knowledge.

     

    Additional related education and/or experience preferred.

     

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS/ENVIRONMENT FACTORS

    IP - Typical Indirect Patient Care Environment: (CSPD Instrument Technician, Lab Technician, Pharmacist)

    • Able to stand, walk, bend, squat, reach, and stretch frequently.
    • May be required to lift up to 75 pounds.
    • Must use standard precautions due to threat of exposure to blood and body fluids.
    • Needs ability to communicate effectively through reading, writing, and speaking in person or on telephone.
    • May require periodic to frequent use of personal computer.
    • Off-site travel may be required.

    Foundation Health Partners is an EEO/AAP employer; qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. 

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