Infection Control Assistant

Children's National Medical Center - Washington, DC (30+ days ago)4.0


Under Director’s direct supervision, this individual will assist in the development, implementation, and evaluation of infection control measures/policies throughout the organization, assist activities for prevention and control of healthcare associated infections, and assist risk assessment processes. S/he be the primary point of contact person for local department of health agencies on communicable disease reporting and follow up, update and manage Infection Control page on the intranet, coordinate office’s day-to-day administrative activities, facilitate surveillance activities, and participate in education and training activities.

Qualifications

Minimum Education
Bachelor's degree

Specific Requirements and Preferences
The successful candidate for this position holds bachelor's degree in nursing, master's degree in epidemiology, public health, or microbiology. Certificate of Infection Control (CIC™) is preferred but not required.

Minimum Work Experience
2 years experience.

Specific Requirements and Preferences

Minimum of two years’ experience working in a clinical setting or a public health agency. Previous working experience as an Infection Control practitioner or Epidemiologist is preferred.

Required Skills/Knowledge

The successful candidate is a highly energetic individual with the desire to become an independent infection control practitioner. S/he must possess excellent written, interpersonal, time management and presentation skills with flexibility to meet a wide range of service needs. Strong computer skills. Proficient in Microsoft Office software. Basic knowledge of statistics and epidemiologic methods.

Required Licenses and Certifications

Functional Accountabilities

Departmental Organization

Assist epidemiology department and infection control practitioners with the coordination of office activities.
Maintain awareness of deadlines and plan appropriately.
Maintain organized workspace including both paper and computer files.
Administrative Duties
Coordinate, schedule, and develop agendas, office appointments, meetings, conferences, and projects in timely manner.
Perform tasks such as initiating correspondence, faxing, and copying.
Attend internal committee meetings and take minutes.
Maintain and process employee time cards.
Complete all work on time.
Surveillance
Collect central line data in patient care units as assigned.
Collect daily microbiology reports from laboratory and sorts for targeted organisms.
Complete accurate and timely reports on infection rates.
Communicate infection control issues and reportable diseases in a timely fashion with the relevant departments in the hospital and to public health agencies.
Ensure infection control databases are maintained in a timely fashion (Flag MDRO in computer system; maintain access data base for DOH reports; and maintain data base for all outbreak investigations).
Prevention
Collaborate with Infection Control Staff to identify trends in healthcare associated infections.
Collaborate with Infection Control staff to implement prevention efforts.
Contribute to the infection control patient care policies and protocols by posting to intranet and placing announcements in CNMC newsletters.
Infectin Control Practioner Assistance
Assist infection control practitioners in control activities as assigned.
Coordinate Train the Trainer program for TB fit-testing and other infection control initiatives.
Assist infection control practitioners with outbreak and exposure investigations.
Collect data and assist in preparation of reports.

Organizational Accountabilities (Staff)

Organizational Commitment/Identification
Partner in the mission and upholds the core principles of the organization
Committed to diversity and recognizes value of cultural ethnic differences
Demonstrate personal and professional integrity
Maintain confidentiality at all times
Customer Service
Anticipate and responds to customer needs; follows up until needs are met
Teamwork/Communication
Demonstrate collaborative and respectful behavior
Partner with all team members to achieve goals
Receptive to others’ ideas and opinions
Performance Improvement/Problem-solving
Contribute to a positive work environment
Demonstrate flexibility and willingness to change
Identify opportunities to improve clinical and administrative processes
Make appropriate decisions, using sound judgment
Cost Management/Financial Responsibility
Use resources efficiently
Search for less costly ways of doing things
Safety
Speak up when team members appear to exhibit unsafe behavior or performance
Continuously validate and verify information needed for decision making or documentation
Stop in the face of uncertainty and takes time to resolve the situation
Demonstrate accurate, clear and timely verbal and written communication
Actively promote safety for patients, families, visitors and co-workers
Attend carefully to important details - practicing Stop, Think, Act and Review in order to self-check behavior and performance