Assistant Vice President Nursing
Infection Prevention and Occupational Health Services
The AVP of Infection Prevention (IP) and Occupational Health Services (OHS) provides direction for the organization wide program for the prevention of infections in patients, visitors and employees. This role is critical to the development and implementation of practices that promote and support the HSS culture of excellence in patient care and the care of HSS employees. This leadership position requires the ability to effectively communicate and interact directly with staff to create partnerships and relationships across disciplines. The AVP of Infection Prevention and Occupational Health Services is in charge of policy development and implementation regarding the prevention of infections. Through interactions with Infectious Disease physicians, surgeons, Department Directors and Executive leadership, the Infection Prevention AVP works collaboratively and strategically to deliver Infection Prevention goals. This position requires a forward thinking, innovative and enthusiastic leader who is willing to achieve and negotiate change via research, dialogue and collaboration.
Directs all Infection Prevention activities throughout the organization
Directs surveillance and educational activities that promote safety and reduce infection risks. Examples include: Surgical asepsis, hand hygiene, isolation precautions, laboratory safety, sanitation, construction and sterilization and disinfection activities
Oversight of the Infection Prevention Committee in partnership with the Committee co-chairs
Works to achieves the hospital strategic plan for quality, regulatory and infection control
Oversight for the Infection Prevention staff
Aggregates and analyzes Infection Prevention data and communicates results to leadership, prescribers and staff quarterly, annually and as needed.
Creates and leads teams in response to critical events, Emergency Preparedness or infection reduction
Leadership in design and execution of all IP root cause analysis (RCA) investigations
Develops and implements corrective action plans as needed to achieve expected goals
Develops program goals and conducts annual evaluation of the HSS Infection Prevention Plan
Utilizes the EMR and staff interaction to collect and aggregate data for reporting and analysis
Collaboration with Infectious Diseases and Pharmacy leaders to promote patient safety via the Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee
Facilitate AU/AR reporting to NHSN in partnership with Pharmacy
Directs Occupational Safety and Health activities in collaboration with the OHS Advanced Practice and RN staff including pre-placement evaluations, immunizations, Annual Employee Influenza Vaccination Program, workplace injury assessments and communicable disease exposure management
Coordinates Infection Prevention materials for new employee orientation and onboarding through educational in-services and demonstrations. Provides ongoing education to staff to assess facility readiness and participates in Emergency Preparedness activities in collaboration with the Safety Director.
Serves as a consultant or liaison to other HSS facilities, departments or disciplines as needed.
Participates in research activities in collaboration with Nursing or other departments and disciplines
Position reports to: Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer
Masters’ degree in Nursing, Public Health or Microbiology, Required.
Current certification (CIC) by Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CBIC), Required
Five years progressive experience in Infection Prevention Leadership, required
Current licensure in the State of New York
Ability to demonstrate extensive knowledge and understanding of clinical operations in the hospital
Well versed in determining and demonstrating the value of clinical infection prevention services
Strong understanding of typical intra- and interdepartmental relationships of hospital and/or infection prevention departments
Ability to work in a team-focused environment
Ability to earn trust and build relationships with customers
Commitment to professional growth; seeks opportunities for development; looks for ways to share knowledge with others.
Self-starter with high productivity, initiative, professionalism and customer service attitude
Ability to multi-task several simultaneous projects; strong time management and prioritization skills
Ability to effectively engage and interact with multi-discipline teams