Full Job Description
Responsible for the coordination and planning of Infection Control activities. Provide guidance and consultation in the development, planning, and coordination of infection control. Conduct relevant investigations and develop reports pertinent to clinical risk management issues.
BSN required, MSN preferred
1 to 3 years of minimum experience with a background in Infection Control.
CBIC certification required.
Current Maryland State Nursing License
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Ability to comprehend and follow the policies and procedures for MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, Inc.
Ability to demonstrate interpersonal skills with patients, coworkers, and others demonstrating excellent customer service skills.
Ability to read, write and speak or communicate in English to successfully accomplish the essential duties of the position.
Demonstrate the ability to effectively collaborate with physicians, nurses, and other members of the health care team.
Demonstrates a thorough knowledge regarding policies and procedures.
Demonstrates excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Demonstrates ethical behavior that supports the hospital’s mission and values and commitment to compliance with all federal, state, and regulatory laws; inspires trust and exhibits honesty and integrity within the scope of daily activities.
Knowledge, skill and ability to identify and coordinate resources to solve problems, review recommendations regarding solutions to problems, and take direct action to solve the problems.
Knowledge, skill and ability to utilize the following equipment correctly: computer, copier, fax, scanner and telephone.
Knowledge, skill and ability to complete accurately the MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, Inc. competencies.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Provides direction to a generalized caseload of patients within the context of the expertise of Infection Control
Accepts referrals from all nursing units and works effectively and collaboratively with physicians, nurses and other members of health care team.
Incorporates new scientific findings in infection control into clinical practice; maintains an awareness of new developments in infection control and existing guidelines (CDC) and (OSHA) laws.
Maintains an active involvement in issues relating to cost containment.
Actively participates in performance improvement and risk management programs utilizing information to further enhance the quality of patient care as it relates to infection control.
Acts as the infection control liaison for all hospital departments, medical services, and Infection Control Committee, hospital administration and the community.
Consults with hospital departments in regard to short and long-range infection control objectives.
Conducts epidemic investigations, as required, according to hospital, county, state and federal public health and maintains records of such investigations.
Analyzes and updates isolation protocol according to applicable standards.
Submits timely reports to the Infection Control Committee, Patient Safety Committee, Critical Care Committee, Performance Improvement Committee and other committees/departments as requested.
Actively participates in formulating nursing and hospital policies and procedures in the area of infection control.
Participates in the new hire orientation program. Provides infection control related in services to hospital personnel as required and at a minimum of once per calendar year.
Maintains records of actual potentially infectious patients and reports pertinent information to county, state, and federal agencies as required by law.
Maintains records of statistical information concerning nosocomial infections including site, indications of infections, infectious organisms and related problems.
Consults with Employee Health Services as appropriate.
Consults with the nursing staff to develop, implement and evaluate the care plan for particular patient/family of all age groups for prevention of management of infections.
Conducts patient teaching or provides written information or referrals to appropriate county agencies as requested.
Coordinates implementation and maintenance of infection control accrediting and licensing standards, providing documented evidence of compliance through reporting requirements.
Possess practical knowledge of hospital housekeeping, disinfection, asepsis and sterilization.
About MedStar Health
MedStar Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. Our 30,000 associates and 5,400 affiliated physicians work in a variety of settings across our health system, including 10 hospitals and more than 300 community-based locations, the largest visiting nurse association in the region, and highly respected institutes dedicated to research and innovation. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University for more than 20 years, MedStar is dedicated not only to teaching the next generation of doctors, but also to the continuing education and professional development of our whole team. MedStar Health offers diverse opportunities for career advancement and personal fulfillment.