Infection Control Practitioner

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


Under the supervision, this individual will be responsible for all conducts related to infection control in assigned areas (units, clinics, and/or projects). S/he helps to prevent healthcare-acquired infections by isolating sources of infections and limiting their spread; systematically collects, analyzes and interprets health data in order to plan, implement, evaluate and disseminate appropriate preventive measures, and trains healthcare staff on infection control practices. S/he can rapidly recognize and respond to emerging infectious diseases, outbreaks, and exposures, serves a content expert in infection related matters and provides consultation to staff, patients, and visitors. S/he is responsible for ensuring full compliance of regulatory requirements. The successful candidate for this position holds a bachelor's degree in nursing, a master's degree in epidemiology, microbiology, or a related field. CIC™ is required within one year of hiring.

Qualifications

Minimum Education
BSN

Specific Requirements and Preferences
Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, Medical Technology, Microbiology or related field.

Minimum Work Experience
1 Year(s) in a healthcare setting

Specific Requirements and Preferences
At least 1 year of work experience in a health care environment. Infection control experience preferred.

Required Skills/Knowledge

Basic knowledge of statistics and epidemiologic methods. Computer experience with knowledge of Microsoft Office.

Required Licenses and Certifications

Certification in Infection Control within one year upon hiring.

Functional Accountabilities

Surveillance
Perform targeted surveillance in patient care units.
Report communicable diseases to respective units/department in CNMC and public health agencies.
Review microbiology reports and identify any cases of epidemiological significant infection in the hospital; report any variances.
Ensure infection control databases are maintained in a timely fashion.
In collaboration with appropriate Hospital Epidemiologist/physician conduct an outbreak investigation.
Prevention and Control
Identify trends in healthcare associated infections and implement prevention strategies.
Identify prevention efforts and collaborate with appropriate staff to plan and implement prevention and control efforts.
Education
Participate in targeted infection control education initiatives.
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

Organizational Accountabilities (Staff)

Professionalism
Attend internal committee meetings and present information as assigned.
Ensure own professional development through ongoing education and maintain all necessary certifications.
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