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Infection Preventionist - Infection Prevention & Control Job

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center
Type Full time Posted 5/6/2014
Salary - n/a - Starts 7/1/2014
WA - Washington (All) - Vancouver Referral - n/a -    

Infection Preventionist - Infection Prevention & Control Job

Date:Jun 3, 2014

Location:Vancouver, WA, US


Req ID:37006

Infection Preventionist - Infection Prevention & Control
Category:Professional/ Technical
Facility:PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center
Department:Infection Prevention & Control
Shift:Day Shift
Job Details:

Ensures that PeaceHealth implements best practices and processes to reduce and eliminate hospital acquired infections, incorporates appropriate vaccination and prevention strategies, and accurate methods of surveillance and reporting of infection rates. Accountable to achieve all PeaceHealth Infection Prevention goals. Ensures that PeaceHealth meets or exceeds all regulatory and accreditation requirements associated with infection control. Responsible, in collaboration with other health care team members, for the surveillance of healthcare acquired infections; educating caregivers about infection prevention and developing policies and procedures to insure rigorous infection prevention and control standards to reduce the risk of infection to patients, visitors and caregivers. Ensures compliance with external agency guidelines including accreditation bodies, OSHA, State Epidemiology and Public Health Department, and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) requirements. 

Bachelor’s degree in public health, epidemiology, nursing (AA degree acceptable) or medical technology program (American Society for Clinical Pathology) or other equivalent discipline, or experience in the field of infectious disease and prevention
Two years' experience in a healthcare environment in a same or similar role
Experience and knowledge in infection prevention practices, microbiology, epidemiology and adult learning or may have equivalent combination of education and/or experience
Certified in Infection Control (CIC). If not certified, must develop plan to continue education and pass the national CIC exam within 180 days of hire
Maintain membership and active participation in the Association for Practitioners in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) or Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA)
If RN or other healthcare professional, must have current state licensure
Proficient use of computers including MS Office applications
Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
Ability to gather and organize data in a thorough and effective manner
Excellent interpersonal skills
Work requires the ability to lift objects weighing 30 lbs or less

Master’s in Nursing, Public Health or Epidemiology
Leadership experience


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