Work Hours: 8-5, Monday - Friday
The Infection Preventionist is responsible for the surveillance, analysis, and interpretation and reporting of healthcare associated infections (HAI); educating all staff and volunteers about infection prevention; development and maintenance of health system policies and procedures to insure rigorous infection control standards that meet JCAHO, OSHA, Centers for Medicaid/Medicare Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other nationally organized agencies recommendations and requirements.
Education: Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing.
Experience: A minimum of 3 years as an acute care registered nurse. Demonstrated knowledge in infection control.
Licenses/Certification: Current Colorado State licensure as a registered nurse. CIC preferred. Maintenance of current CPR or BLS.
INFECTION PREVENTION: Facilitates the operation of the hospital Infection Prevention/Control Program and supports continuous quality improvement
- Supports the hospital and medical staff, departments and teams including guidance, training, technical support, celebrating successes and continued learning related to infection prevention
- Organizes and actively participates in the Infection Prevention/Control Committee,
- Reports and serves as resource to the General Medicine Committee
- Serves as a member and resource of the Safety Committee
- Collects and compiles data from Physician Offices concerning suspected or confirmed HAI.
- Supports hospital CQI activities with data support, analysis, and internal consulting
- Monitors and maintains current knowledge of key hospital accrediting and regulatory agencies indicators/standards
- Develops and Maintains hospital wide policies and procedures that support key infection prevention and control functions
- Consults with managers in clinical and non-clinical areas regarding infection prevention/control practices
- Identifies, investigates, reports, health care associated infections among patients and personnel through ongoing surveillance.
- Maintains logs with infection surveillance data
- Maintains current knowledge of CDC guidelines and recommendations for infection prevention/control and definitions of health care associated infections.
- Calculates infection rates using the CDC's recommended denominator data, prepares and presents reports to Infection Control Committee, Safety Committee and General Medicine Committee
- Responsible for providing Infection Prevention orientation and other in-service programs related to infection prevention and control hospital-wide
- Conducts annual Infection Control Risk Assessment
- Maintains and updates hospitals Tuberculosis Protection Program including annual TB risk assessment and annual N95 Fit Testing
EMPLOYEE HEALTH: Collaborates with HR regarding employee health issues such as recommended/required vaccines, proof of immunity, communicable diseases and other infection prevention/control related issues involving hospital employees.
- Maintains and updates Employee Health policy and procedures
- Maintains Employee Health files ensuring they meet all regulatory agency requirements
REPORTING: Collaborates and reports to appropriate agencies / regulatory organizations
- Public Health regarding communicable diseases
- State reporting requirements and initiatives
- CDC/NHSN mandatory reporting
May be required to float to nursing departments where competent (see Staff RN job description)
Compensation: $34.73/hr - $41.68/hr, depending on experience.
Medical, dental, vision, health care FSA, and dependent care FSA: All active employees working 40 or more hours per pay period are eligible for benefits on the first of the month following 30 days of active service. PRN staff are not initially eligible for benefits, and GVH follows all Affordable Health Care Act Eligibility guidelines.