INFECTION PREVENTIONIST II / 40 HOURS / DAYS - BWH INFECTION CONTROL.
The Infection Preventionist II (IP-II) helps to plan, coordinate and carry out a hospital-wide program for the prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections. The IP-II may be a nurse or other health care professional (such as physician, MPH or microbiologist) who has a thorough understanding of the healthcare system. The IP-II functions under the supervision of the Hospital Epidemiologist and Associate Hospital Epidemiologist, and IP-IIIs.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND ASSESSMENT
PARTICIPATES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL PROGRAM POLICIES AND PROCEDURES. REVIEWS, REVISES AND IMPLEMENTS THE TECHNIQUES USED FOR ISOLATION PRECAUTIONS FOR PATIENTS. ASSISTS DEPARTMENT HEADS/SUPERVISORY PERSONNEL IN THE DEVELOPMENT AND REVIEW OF SPECIFIC INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR ALL SERVICES OF THE HOSPITAL. MAINTAINS A MANUAL OF POLICIES AND PROCEDURES.
PARTICIPATES IN AND LEADS SOME QUALITY IMPROVEMENT ACTIVITIES.
REVIEWS, REVISES AND KEEPS CURRENT ALL ASEPTIC AND SANITATION TECHNIQUES INCLUDING HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL.
PARTICIPATES IN THE EVALUATION OF PRODUCTS WHICH MAY INFLUENCE THE OCCURRENCE OF HEALTHCARE-ASSOCIATED INFECTIONS.
MAINTAINS A SYSTEM FOR SURVEILLANCE AND REPORTING OF INFECTIONS AMONG PATIENTS AND PERSONNEL. RECOMMENDS AND IMPLEMENTS CHANGES IN THE SYSTEM WHEN INDICATED. MAINTAINS A FORMAL INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL SYSTEM OF COMMUNICATION TO INFORM AND DIRECT PERSONNEL CONCERNING POTENTIAL AND EXISTING PROBLEMS.
CONDUCTS INVESTIGATIONS OF KNOWN OR SUSPECTED OCCURRENCES OF INFECTION AMONG PATIENTS, PERSONNEL OR VISITORS TO THE HOSPITAL.
PARTICIPATES IN PRODUCT RECALLS ASSOCIATED WITH POTENTIAL OR IDENTIFIED HEALTHCARE-ASSOCIATED INFECTIONS.
ADVICE AND TEACHING
COORDINATES RELEVANT ASPECTS OF THE CARE OF PATIENTS WHO ARE AT SPECIAL RISK OF TRANSMITTING OR ACQUIRING COMMUNICABLE DISEASES IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE THE CHANCE OF THESE EVENTS OCCURRING.
TEACHES HOSPITAL EMPLOYEES REGARDING INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL.
ACTS AS A CONSULTANT TO NURSING AND MEDICAL PERSONNEL FOR DISSEMINATION OF SPECIAL INFORMATION CONCERNING PATIENTS WITH INFECTION CONTROL-RELATED ISSUES. PARTICIPATES IN PATIENT CARE CONFERENCES WHEN INDICATED. ADVISES ABOUT SPECIFIC PATIENT CARE ISSUES AND TECHNIQUES WHICH ARE RELATED TO INFECTION CONTROL ISSUES. ASSISTS THE PRIMARY NURSE AND CONTINUING CARE DEPARTMENT WITH DISCHARGE PLANNING. ACTS AS A LIAISON PERSON COORDINATING CARE AND COMMUNICATING PATIENT INFECTION CONTROL NEEDS TO THE BRIGHAM AND WOMENS HOSPITAL HEALTH TEAM AND COMMUNITY SERVICES.
SERVES AS A LIAISON AND INFORMATION SOURCE FOR ALL HOSPITAL PERSONNEL CONCERNED WITH PREVENTION OF HEALTHCARE-ASSOCIATED INFECTIONS, E.G. PHYSICIANS, NURSING PERSONNEL, THE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH SERVICES, EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT, HOUSEKEEPING, CENTRAL STERILE SUPPLY, CLINICAL LABORATORY STAFF, NURSING STAFF EDUCATION PERSONNEL, VOLUNTEER SERVICES AND PERSONNEL CONTRACTED BY THE HOSPITAL TO PROVIDE SERVICES WITHIN THE INSTITUTION.
MAINTAINS WRITTEN MATERIALS, TEACHING DEVICES, SPECIAL EQUIPMENT AND OTHER RESOURCES FOR THE USE OF PERSONNEL.
TEACHES PATIENTS AND FAMILIES AND ASSISTS OTHER MEMBERS OF THE HEALTH TEAM TO CARRY OUT SUCH TEACHING, WHEN INDICATED.
COOPERATES WITH FACULTY RESPONSIBLE FOR EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS IN ORDER TO CONTRIBUTE TO STUDENT LEARNING AND EXPERIENCE.
KEEPS INFORMED OF CURRENT TECHNIQUES AND PRACTICES IN THE FIELD, MAINTAINS A REFERENCE LIBRARY OF RELEVANT MATERIAL, KEEPS INFORMED OF THE JOINT COMMISSION REGULATIONS TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE, KEEPS INFORMED OF PERTINENT FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL REQUIREMENTS TO ENSURE HOSPITAL COMPLIANCE. COMMUNICATES PERTINENT INFORMATION TO APPROPRIATE PERSONNEL AND ASSISTS IN EVALUATION WHERE APPLICABLE.
PARTICIPATES IN WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS FOCUSED ON INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL, INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE HOSPITAL.
1. (a) Masters degree in public health or epidemiology and (b) certification in infection control (C.I.C.) and (b) two years of infection control experience in a hospital OR
2. (a) Graduate of an approved school of nursing, medicine, medical technology or public health or B.S. degree and (b) certification in infection control (C.I.C.) and (c) two years of infection control experience in a hospital.
SKILLS/ ABILITIES/ COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:
1. Demonstrated competency, leadership and teaching potential.
2. Knowledge of quality improvement theory and methods.
3. Ability to write concise, informative letters, memoranda and reports.
4. Enthusiasm for infection control activities.
5. Skill in interpersonal relationships.
6. Maturity, initiative and ability to be self-directed.
7. Member of appropriate professional organizations.
8. Facility with Windows based personal computer word processing systems.
BWH inpatient, ambulatory clinic, and procedure areas.
Brigham and Womens Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability unrelated to job requirements, genetic information, military service, or other protected status.
Brigham and Womens Hospital I CARE Standards
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C. I WILL COMMUNICATE MY COMMITMENT TO HIGH QUALITY PERFORMANCE
A. I WILL APPEAR AND ACT AS A PROFESSIONAL
R. I WILL RESPECT ALL INDIVIDUALS
E. I WILL EXTEND MYSELF