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Infection Prevention Manager Job

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center
Type Full time Posted 4/2/2014
Salary - n/a - Starts 9/19/2014
WA - Washington (All) - Vancouver Referral - n/a -    

Infection Prevention Manager Job

Date:Sep 7, 2014

Location:Vancouver, WA, US


Req ID:21922

At PeaceHealth, we carry on the healing mission of Jesus Christ by promoting personal and community health, relieving pain and suffering, and treating each person in a loving and caring way. The fulfillment of this Mission is our shared purpose. It drives all that we are and all that we do. To those who embrace the spirit of these words and our commitment to Exceptional Medicine and Compassionate Care, we offer the opportunity to learn and grow as a member of the PeaceHealth family.

Department:Patient Safety (7815)


This position assures that PeaceHealth defines and implements best practices and processes to reduce and eliminate hospital acquired infections, incorporates appropriate vaccination and prevention strategies. Works closely together with the system analytics and outcomes director to ensure accurate methods of surveillance and reporting of infection rates.  Responsible for ensuring that PeaceHealth meets or exceeds all regulatory and accreditation requirements associated with infection control.  Oversees and supports front-line clinicians that drive clinical process and outcomes improvement. Assures the use of accurate and timely data on progress to goals.  The Infection Prevention Manager establishes, monitors, and consults on key clinical best practices and processes and eliminates variation from agreed on practice and process.


1. In collaboration with the Network quality directors, lead the frontline Infection Prevention caregivers across the system and in implementing best practice, standardizing workflows, process redesign and improving outcomes for infection prevention.  This position assists key stakeholders to drive clinical process and outcome improvement.

2. Monitor infection prevention caregiver’s competence and provide feedback regarding performance improvement. Develop and implement orientation for new Network Infection Prevention caregivers and Infection Prevention Collaborative members.  Train and mentor new infection perfectionists in collaboration with Quality Directors.

3. Facilitate goal setting, prioritization of work, oversight of work of the Infection Prevention Collaborative, and authorized system Infection Prevention clinical process improvement teams. Assure goals are met; track and report outcomes and project status to the Infection Prevention Collaborative and other key PeaceHealth stakeholders.  Provide primary support for Infectious Disease providers to standardize approaches to infection prevention.

4. Oversee, manage, and coordinate system strategic initiatives and activities agreed to by Patient Safety, the Infection Prevention Collaborative, COLT, PHET, or authorized sub-committees. Lead the Infection Prevention process and quality improvement teams and coordinate multiple initiatives, projects and project teams.  Prepare and provide status reports to Infection Prevention Collaborative, QILT, COLT, and the Patient Safety Committee.

5. Promote collaboration and remove obstacles to effective teamwork.  Facilitate constructive dialogue to resolve disputes.

6. Collaborate closely with key stakeholders and partner with Network Infection Prevention leadership in implementation of quality initiatives and strategies to remove barriers to improvements.

7. Provide recommendations for prioritization of Infection Prevention work, and solution to mitigate infections. Lead the development of business plans for specific infection prevention programs, as applicable.

8. Provide expertise in tracking infection prevention quality trends and best practices, both nationally and system-wide.

9. Lead system-wide efforts to immunize caregiver workforce to reduce exposure to healthcare acquired infections in collaboration with human resources.

10. Collaborate with IT to ensure caregivers have appropriate, highly functional technology to perform their work. Collaborate with Value analysis on product acquisition relevant to infection prevention.  Collaborates with EPIC teams to ensure infection prevention requirements are built within Epic.

11. Represent PeaceHealth Infection Prevention at local, state or national forums as requested.

12. Develop, manage and maintain a system wide infection prevention website for caregivers.  Manage and maintain an internal infection prevention share point site.  Create in collaboration with communications and marketing, needed communications, brochures or other marketing materials to promote infection prevention.

13. Perform other duties as assigned.



Master’s degree (such as a clinical healthcare field, MPH, MBA. Or MMM) or equivalent combination experience and education which provide the incumbent the skills to successfully perform the functions of this job are required.

Formal training in quality process control, Lean methodologies, Six Sigma, or A3 value stream mapping highly desirable


Minimum 5 years of demonstrated skill in leadership or management required.
Experience in a highly matrixed environment desirable.
Demonstrated experience in infection prevention process and outcome improvement
Clinical skills and experience in infection prevention
Familiarity with Theradoc, MedMined or other infection prevention surveillance tools desirable


Licensed/Registered or Certified in a Clinical field required.
Certification in CIC (Certified in Infection Control) is required.
Maintain membership and active participation in APIC or SHEA


Excellent presentation and facilitation skills
Experience in program development and management
Demonstration of analytical and critical thinking skills
Demonstrated effectiveness as a change agent
Experience in large and virtual group quality improvement project facilitation and accomplishment of clinical improvement goals
Knowledge and training in process improvement science, reliability, statistical process control, lean concepts, throughput, efficiency, team skills, and human factors science
Ability to work efficiently, independently, and responsibly with minimal supervision and on tight time frames if needed
Adaptable to change, and knowledge of application of change management theory
Ability to manage conflict effectively
Proficiency in Excel, Word, Power Point, Share Point

Location:  Vancouver, WA 
Job Category:  Management/Executives; Nursing - RN Other; Professionals - Clinical; Risk/Quality
Shift:  Day
Shift Length:8 Hours
Work Type:  Full Time
Salary range starts at:$40.95
Required Certifications/Licensure:Certified in Infection Control 

The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed within this job class. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of caregivers assigned to this job.

Posting Notes: Vancouver, WA || Management/Executives; Nursing - RN Other; Professionals - Clinical; Risk/Quality || Full Time || QUALITY IMPROVEMENT 

Nearest Major Market:Portland Oregon
Nearest Secondary Market:Tacoma
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