The Epidemiology Director is responsible for planning, directing, organizing, and coordinating Nationwide Childrens Hospital Infection Control Program while demonstrating awareness of and support for the principle of Family Centered Care. This position maintains the Infection Control Program so there is a systematic approach to surveillance in order to monitor the effectiveness of prevention and control strategies which are consistent with the organizations goals and objectives. The Epidemiology Director also provides consultation in the investigation of infectious disease outbreaks at Nationwide Childrens Hospital and implementation of control measures.
This is a Full-time, Exempt/Salaried, and Benefits eligible position.
Competitive pay based on experience.
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1. Prepares and administers operating, and capital budgets for Epidemiology; and ensures adherence to approved budget.
2. Ensures that the Infection Control Program consist of effective infection control and prevention practices that are specific to practice setting, population served, and the continuum of care.
3. Ensures that the infection control program is an integral component of quality improvement efforts.
4. Designs, plans and implements new programs or revises existing programs in area of responsibility with appropriate approval.
5. Conducts surveillance and investigations using epidemiologic principles. Uses basic statistical technique to describe the data, calculate rates and critically evaluate significance of findings.
6. Assesses, interprets, and provides consultation to healthcare personnel on infection control standards as appropriate; provides a consultative role to departments in the development of policies and procedures for the care of patients, equipment, and the environment relating to infection control; and coordinates the review of infection control policies and procedures according to Joint Commission and professional standards.
7. Establishes, evaluates, and coordinates a system of quality monitoring and improvement to reduce risk of acquisition and transmission of infection for patients, families, staff, and other healthcare workers. Designs and implements surveillance for healthcare-associated infections, reportable diseases and potential outbreaks in accordance with existing standards and/or guidelines of applicable professional organizations and regulatory and governmental agencies.
8. Maintains close communication with departments to advise of infection hazards and reports surveillance data to the Infection Control Committee and other appropriate groups or individuals. Ensures timely completion of reports to the Infection Control Committee; collaborates with physicians, managers, and staff to implement corrective measures related to infection control when appropriate; collaborates with Employee Health Services to ensure an appropriate system is in place to contact healthcare workers at Nationwide Children?s Hospital regarding exposure to a communicable disease.
9. Ensures development, coordination and presentation of formal and informal educational programs on infection control to personnel, students, volunteers, etc. as required by regulatory agencies; ensures appropriate assistance with staff development related to infection control when requested by managers.
10. Serves as an educational resource for infection control and prevention, and healthcare epidemiology for internal and external contacts. Evaluates new materials, products, and equipment for compliance with infection control standards.
11. Integrates relevant public health issues into practice and ensures reporting of reportable diseases to public health agencies and the Centers for Disease Control.
12. Participates or designates a representative to committees related to infection control and epidemiology. Provides expert knowledge and guidance in epidemiology, infection control and prevention related issues.
13. Keeps administrator and Physician Director of Epidemiology apprised of special problems related to the department.
14. Provides consultation to administration, committees, and managers on issues regarding infection control and prevention. Acquires and maintains current knowledge and skills in the area of infection control and prevention, epidemiology and management skills.
KNOWLEDGE , SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
1. Bachelor's degree and registry in nursing, microbiology, medical technology, or public health; Master's degree in nursing, epidemiology, public health, or related field is preferred.
2. Three years of infection control experience in an acute care pediatric hospital at the management level preferred.
3. Certification in Infection Control and Epidemiology (CIC).
4. Analytical ability necessary to evaluate probable causes of infection.
5. Interpersonal skills necessary to work effectively with other staff, parents, patients and members of the medical staff.
6. Managerial skills necessary to direct the activities of departmental employees.
7. Strong interpersonal skills, communication skills, presentation skills, writing skills, and organizational skills.
8. Microsoft Office computer experience desirable.
MINIMUM PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Physical requirements include talking, hearing, seeing, finger dexterity, walking, stooping, sitting, lifting and carrying 20 pounds or less. The above list of duties is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this classification. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties performed by the individual so classified, nor is it intended to limit or modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under his/her supervision.
Internal Number: 24117
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Nationwide Children’s Hospital is a destination academic pediatric medical center designed to manage the most complex of diseases. We treat the sickest of patients from across the country and around the world. We build research programs to assure tomorrow’s breakthroughs help children everywhere. And we train the next generation of physicians, scientists and health care professionals.
Beyond our walls, we invest in building social equity in our communities, address the social determinants of health, and develop payment models to better serve unique populations of children. Our unparalleled investment in Behavioral Health services and research further cements our role as an ambitious champion for the well-being of children everywhere.