Seeking Experienced Infection Preventionist in Beautiful Flagstaff, Arizona
Northern Arizona Healthcare (NAH) is seeking an Infection Preventionist to support the NAH system. The position is based at Flagstaff Medical Center, a Level 1 Trauma Center, located in Northern Arizona. The NAH system has nearly 400 inpatient beds, with a second hospital, Verde Valley Medical Center, located in Cottonwood, Arizona. In addition to the two hospitals, the system has a free-standing Emergency Doom in Sedona, Arizona, free-standing outpatient orthopedic surgery center in Flagstaff, Arizona, and a network of outpatient services throughout the Northern Arizona Region.
The candidate will be working with a team of three experienced Infection Preventionists with nursing and public health educational backgrounds. A Bachelor of Science in a health-care related field is required and a Master of Science in a healthcare-related field is preferred.
The position reports to the Director of Quality, Infection Prevention, and Research. This unique reporting structure allows for involvement in process and quality improvement projects that span the hospital system. The Quality Department supports Lean Six Sigma training for Infection Preventionists and supports certification and ongoing recertification of the CIC.
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In collaboration with the Infectious Disease Department Chair and Quality Director, the IPP will participate in activities related to surveillance of both hospital inpatient/outpatient populations and the employees who work with and around patients. Assists healthcare team personnel with education regarding proper care of infected patients, including isolation procedures. Consults with the IP Team to evaluate hospital acquired infections and determine possible routes of transmission and planned course of action. Educates staff, visitors, volunteers, medical staff etc. on new infection prevention guidelines from OSHA, CMS, ADHS and the CDC. The IPP II is a working member of the Infection Prevention Committee, performing surveillance and reporting case finding activities on a regular basis. The IPP II possesses skills that demonstrate IP proficiency in the essential career competencies as defined by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CBIC).
Identification of Infectious Disease Processes
Possesses knowledge of epidemiology and outbreak investigation and leads investigations.
Differentiates among colonization infection and contamination.
Identifies occurrences, reservoirs, incubation periods, periods of communicability, modes of transmission, signs and symptoms and susceptibility associated with the disease process.
Interprets results of diagnostic/laboratory reports.
Recognizes limitations and advantages of types of tests used to diagnose infectious processes.
Recognizes epidemiologically significant organisms for immediate review and investigation.
Differentiates among prophylactic, empiric, and therapeutic use of antimicrobials.
Collaborates with local/state health department as needed.
Surveillance and Epidemiologic Investigations
Conducts surveillance: standardized, case finding methods and application of HAI definitions. Applies and expands surveillance principles to diverse populations.
Skilled at using NHSN and may validate NHSN surveillance conducted by others.
Independently performs electronic surveillance, applies data mining principles, and can integrate both manual and electronic findings for comprehensive reporting.
Uses advanced statistical tools (SIR, P values, standard deviation, odds ratio).
Able to interpret research data and apply findings to current practice.
Understands and/or uses more complex data display tools (control charts, affinity diagrams, scatter plots).
Possesses understanding of endemic vs. epidemic rates, common or special cause variation.
Uses comparative analysis to support institutional accrediting and regulatory compliance.
Has advanced knowledge of epidemiologic study and design; can conduct basic cluster/epidemic investigations.
Prevention/Control Transmission of Infection
Designs complex interventions, understands and applies principles of PI to both daily operations and special projects.
Independently uses PI tools and methods; can choose and utilize approaches appropriate to stakeholder needs and project timelines.
Develops and reviews infection prevention and control policies and procedures.
Collaborates with public health agencies in planning community responses to biologic agents.
Identifies and implements infection prevention and control strategies which correspond to organizational and strategic priorities such as hand hygiene, immunization practices, cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization, etc.
Management and Communication
Interprets and applies meta-analyses; interprets research findings, identifies study limitation and bias.
Is an effective educator/presenter using a variety of skills and techniques.
Experienced with presenting to large internal and/or external audiences.
Participates in local, regional, national policy review and advocates for legislation.
Knowledgeable about accreditation and other quality requirements pertaining to infection prevention and control.
Participates in and/or leads goal planning activities, program assessment, or budget development. Makes an effective business case for needed resources.
Responsible for reporting any safety related incident in a timely fashion through the Midas/RDE tool; attends all safety related training programs; performs work in a safe manner; monitors work environment for possible safety issues and ensures others are also performing work in a safe manner.
Stays current and complies with state and federal regulations/statutes and company policies that impact the employees area of responsibility.
If required for position, ensures all certifications and/or licenses are up-to-date and valid prior to expiration dates.
Completes all company mandatory modules and required job specific training in the specified time-frame.
Bachelor of Science in healthcare-related field- Required
Master of Science in healthcare-related field- Preferred
Certification & Licensures
Certified Infection Control Practitioner- Preferred
Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt or higher- Preferred
Arizona RN Licensure- Preferred
3 years as an Infection Prevention Practitioner- Required
Experience working in clinical environments applying principles of infection prevention and infection control- Required
Experience as an informal leader improving clinical processes- Required Healthcare is a rapidly changing environment and technology is integrated into almost all aspects of patient care. Computers and other electronic devices are utilized across the organization and throughout each department. Colleagues must have an understanding of computers, and competence in using computers and basic software programs.
Internal Number: 2020-7393
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