The Infection Control Specialist is responsible for all aspects of Infection Control as well as compliance with all JCAHO, OSHA (MOSH), CLIA, infection control regulations, and hospital policies and procedures. Works closely with clinical staff in providing education, feedback and support in relation to infection control.
JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
*Denotes the essential job functions according to ADA guidelines.
*1. Using appropriate surveillance processes, tracks and trends over time, healthcare associated and community acquired infections, organism incidence and antibiotic resistance patterns. Compiles data and reports findings to the Infection Control Committee as well as other committees and departments as necessary.
*2. Accurately investigates potential infection hazards and deviations from hospital infection rates, by conducting epidemiological studies for clusters of infection and isolation rounds to assess use of appropriate isolation procedures.
*3. Works in collaboration with various agencies charged with responsibility for tracking and decreasing the spread of infectious diseases. Works with other institutions that may accept patients from or transfer patients to St. Alexius Hospital in order to provide continuity of care and limit the spread of infection.
*4. Actively participates with interdisciplinary groups in establishing appropriate criteria for quality improvement programs that relate to infection control issues.
*5. Evaluates methods of decontamination and sterilization and develops appropriate guidelines for all clinical and non-clinical areas in accordance with established policies and procedures and various regulatory agencies.
*6. Actively participates in the evaluation and implementation of current and new equipment and supplies in all matters related to infection control utilizing cost effective principles while ensuring that established standards of care are maintained 100% of the time.
*7. Closely observes and monitors the hospital environment to identify and eliminate infection hazards with special attention given to care of patient bedside unit, cleaning techniques used between patients, disposal of contaminated supplies, sharps disposal, and hand washing techniques.
*8. Provides consultative services to all hospital departments for the purpose of prevention of
infection and providing guidance in establishing infection control standards that are in accordance with various regulatory agencies and hospital policies and procedures. Acts as a resource for any infection control issues.
*9. Actively participates in educational programs and in-services that educate staff on ways to reduce the spread of microorganisms.
*10. Appropriately evaluates the effectiveness of the infection control program through monitoring of the incidence of healthcare associated infection rates and the compliance with infection control policies and procedures. Collaborates with the interdisciplinary Infection Control Committee to improve infection control practices and in the case of patients with or without infections.
11. Performs other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING:
Graduate of an accredited school of Nursing; OR
Bachelor's Degree in Biological Sciences with emphasis in Microbiology, OR
Bachelor's Degree in Medical Technology.
Courses in Infectious Diseases, especially those sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control or APIC are desirable.
Eligible for or currently licensed as a Registered Nurse in the State of Missouri, OR
MT(ASCP) or equivalent.
Certification in Infection Control (CIC) preferred.
Minimum 3 years hospital experience preferred.
Minimum 2 years experience in infection control preferred.
Minimum 2 years experience with disaster planning, emergency management, or emergency preparedness desired.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Self-directed and judicial in actions.
Analytical skills for evaluating data.
Decision making skills required for planning and implementation.
Good reasoning and judgment skills necessary for evaluation of nursing and for safety of patients and self
Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
Excellent oral and written communication skills to interact with, staff, visitors, and patients.
Ability to manage time, organize daily schedule to meet productivity standards, and cope with professional stress.
Computer skills for Windows and other software programs.
An individual without requisites stated above may present a written justification explaining the relevance of his/her background for a specific vacant position. Depending an organizational needs and availability of more qualified applicants, an applicant may have some or all requisites revised or waived at the health system's discretion.