Infection Preventionist – Infection Control – Full Time 8 Hour Days (Exempt) (Non-Union) – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

The Infection Preventionist is to provide coordination of the organization-wide Infection Control Program, including surveillance and prevention activities, data collection, analysis and trending, education of staff, and to serve as a resource/consultant for all departments and services regarding Infection Control issues.

Essential Duties:

  • 1. Planning and Organization of Infection Control Program Activities a. Independently implements, coordinates functions, activities of the organization Infection Control program as defined by the department director and Infection Control Committee. b. Maintains the organization Infection Control Program compliance with local, state and federal rules, recommendations, and regulations (Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Condition of Participation (CoP), Joint Commission on Accreditation (JCAHO), Standards of Practice, and OSHA, APIC). c. Maintains the hospital Infection Control Program compliance with related hospital Medical Staff Bylaws. d. Identifies and reviews Infection Control Policies as changes in infection control practices evolves. e. Contributes to the program annual goals to include strategies to accomplish the goals, measured outcome and implementation. f. Establishes and maintains rapport with medical staff, department and service directors as well as others concerned with patient care (direct or indirectly) g. Provide inputs for agenda and monthly reports and researches agenda items for presentation to the Infection Control Committee. h. Provide surveillance summary reports and surveillance studies to appropriate committees and departments. i. Distribute findings and recommendations of the committee to hospital personnel and medical staff committees as directed. j. Coordinates and monitors implementation of Infection Control Committees recommendations and follows results. k. In collaboration with the Infection Control Director, interacts with the Infection Control Committee Chair and/or designee for case review, policy and procedure development, statistical analysis and implementation of intervention strategies. l. Assist Department Directors/Managers and Medical Directors in implementing the Infection Control Program within their departments. m. Collaborates with the Employee Health Program and Employee Health Manager in managing employee exposure to communicable and infectious diseases.
  • 2. Designs, coordinates, compile, and conduct surveillance and epidemiological investigations and interprets data collected as a result of studies. a. Conducts infection surveillance on a concurrent and/or retrospective basis for the purpose of identifying hospital related infections. b. Aids in the development of plan for decreasing hospital related infection rate. c. Participates and develops designs of surveillance plans, performance measurement and improvement plans for hospital base services and ambulatory care services. d. Coordinates and conducts environmental and other surveillance as directed by the Infection Control Director to evaluate patient care environments for infection control practices and hazards. e. Makes rounds for the purposes of case findings, environmental sanitation monitoring and supervision of infection control practices as directed by the Infection Control Director. f. Reviews laboratory reports daily to identify potential hospital acquired infections, emerging pathogens, epidemiologically significant organisms and reportable pathogens. Differentiates colonization, infection and contamination. g. Recognizes sentinel events and marker organism for immediate investigation and intervention. h. Reviews patient medical records, correlates results of diagnostic and laboratory tests with clinical patient status, and differentiates between community-acquired and hospital-acquired infections. i. Collects, compiles and identifies data on hospital acquired infections. Follows approved mechanism for identifying baseline/threshold rates. j. Analyzes surveillance data for trends, patterns, or cluster and prepares reports for committees. k. Assesses and analyzes all information pertinent to surveillance, investigations and evaluation of outcome. l. Assist with the preparation of annual report and evaluation of Infection Control Program with department director for effectiveness. m. Enters reportable HAI to assigned web base data program. 3. Communication- a. Collects and communicates significant Infection Control information and data to the appropriate member of the healthcare team and the Infection Control Committee. b. Communicates in an effective manner with the Director of Infection Control regarding ongoing projects, work activities and other issues or concerns relating to Infection Control as mutually agreed upon. c. Communicates and collaborates per policy with other hospital departments and community agencies to provide expertise and to coordinate infection control services.
  • 4. Consultation a. Provides Infection Control/Epidemiology consultation to other members of the healthcare team on an ongoing basis per request b. Conducts communicable disease counseling as requested by medical staff or nursing staff.
  • 5. Education a. Assist in educational needs assessment of the hospital staff pertaining to Infection Control. b. Uses principles of adult learning in developing education strategies. c. Develop goals, objectives and lesson plans for infection control education offerings. d. Conducts organization wide in-services, to include but not limited to hospital orientation, nursing orientation and other inservices as indicated by the department director. e. Evaluates the effectiveness of education presentation. f. Reviews, develops, and orders education materials. g. Attends education training, inservices, workshops, and seminars and disseminates pertinent information.
  • 6. Regulatory Interface and Communicable Disease Reporting a. In the absence of the Director of Infection Control, acts as a hospital liaison with the Public Health Department, following state-mandated reporting guidelines.
  • 7. Outbreak Investigation and Management a. Identifies clusters of infections about expected levels, single cases of unusual pathogens, or specific problem trends and initiates outbreak investigation as required.
  • 8. Customer a. Projects organization values to all customer groups.
  • 9. Infection Control a. Demonstrates current knowledge of Infection Control process/ policies/ procedures and acts a role model for Infection Control Practice. b. Aseptic Technique c. Recognizes infectious and communicable process and initiates appropriate actions. d. Follows and implements Standard Precautions e. Practices correct handwashing technique f. Follows Hospital Exposure Control Protocol g. Uses PPE appropriately when required.
  • 10. Others a. Performs other duties as necessary for the smooth operation of the department and the hospital. b. Performs other monitoring related to performance improvement as directed by the department director. c. Participates during disasters as specified in the hospital’s Emergency Preparedness Manual.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree Nursing Degree in Nursing *In lieu of a BSN degree a Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in Healthcare related field is required.
  • 2 years Minimum two (2) years Infection Control experience in acute care setting preferred within the last five (5) years of healthcare experience.
  • Working knowledge of patient care practices, microbiology, asepsis , disinfection and sterilization practices, adult education principles, infectious disease , disease transmission, surveillance techniques, performance measurement and improvement principles, licensing standards and regulations.
  • Computer skills, applied knowledge of applied biostatistics, written and graphical presentation skills

Preferred Qualifications:

Required Licenses/Certifications:

  • Registered Nurse – RN (CA Board of Registered Nursing) BSN GRADUATE ONLY: Valid and current California Registered Nursing License is required and CIC preferred
  • Certified in Infection Control – CIC (CBIC) NON-BSN GRADUATE ONLY: Certified in Infection Control (CIC) must be obtained within 2 years of hire or transfer.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) Healthcare Provider from American Heart Association
  • Fire Life Safety Training (LA City) If no card upon hire, one must be obtained within 30 days of hire and maintained by renewal before expiration date. (Required within LA City only)

The annual base salary range for this position is $95,680.00 – $158,230.00. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

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