Infection Prevention Specialist

Denver Health - Denver, CO3.7

Full-timeEstimated: $40,000 - $57,000 a year
EducationSkills
Job Summary
Under general supervision, performs functions and manages activities related to infection control and infection surveillance throughout Denver Health. Assists in overseeing and managing activities related to infection control and infection surveillance throughout Denver Health. For these activities reports to the Infection Control Committee, Medical Director of Infection Control and Prevention, and the RN Infection Control Manager. Monitors and provides timely feedback of surveillance data related to the prevention of infections at Denver Health. Provides training throughout Denver Health and ensures that new employees’ receive orientation in infection control. Continuously evaluates and updates policies, procedures, and practices relating to infection control within the institution. Is responsible for assuring compliance of Denver Health with the Joint Commission standards on infection control. Assures compliance with state and federal regulations on infection control.

Minimum Qualifications
Education 1. Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, Epidemiology or Public Health or other healthcare related field required. 2. Masters in nursing, public health or other healthcare related field preferred. Experience 1. Five years of experience in an acute care hospital required. 2. Two years hospital infection control experience or successful completion of a surveillance course and knowledge of infection prevention principles and practices required. 3. In lieu of Bachelor’s 11 years of experience or Associate’s degree and 8 years of experience required. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 1. Good working knowledge of medical terminology and microbiology. 2. Skilled in decision making regarding appropriateness of care review, assist with analyzing and generating quality improvement reports. 3. Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with other internal and external team members to ensure timelines are met. Certificates, Licenses and Registration 1. Active Registered Nurse (RN) License in the State of Colorado or participating Compact State if an RN is selected for the position. 2. Basic Life Support for Health Care Provider Certification/CPR required. 3. Certification in infection control (CIC) required.

All job applicants for safety-sensitive positions must pass a pre-employment drug test, once a conditional offer of employment has been made.

Denver Health is an integrated, efficient, high-quality academic health care system that is considered a model for the nation. The Denver Health system includes the Rocky Mountain Regional Level I Trauma Center, a 525-bed acute care medical center, Denver’s 911 emergency medical response system, 8 family health centers, 15 school-based health centers, the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center, the Denver Public Health Department, an HMO, and The Denver Health Foundation.

As Colorado’s primary safety net institution, Denver Health is a mission-driven organization that has provided more than $3.3 billion in care for the uninsured in the last ten years. Denver Health is a leader in performance and quality improvements and remains financially secure, in part, due to its nationally recognized implementation of lean principles in healthcare. Denver Health is a major resource to the community, serving approximately 185,000 individuals and 67,000 children a year.

Located just south of downtown Denver, Denver Health is just minutes away from many of the cultural and recreational activities Denver has to offer.

We strongly support diversity in the workforce and Denver Health is an equal opportunity employer (EOE).

“Denver Health is committed to provide equal treatment and equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees. Denver Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.”