The Infection Prevention Practitioner a qualified individual who has knowledge of CDC guidelines and definitions of healthcare-associated infections, federal and state regulations. She/He is responsible for identifying, reporting, investigating and controlling infections and communicable diseases of patients and personnel. She/He may institute collection of cultures, employee lab work and initiate appropriate isolation precautions. She/He is responsible for assisting with in-service programs and employee education related to infection prevention and control.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS
- Demonstrates effective collaboration with physicians and staff as a resource person, educator and problem solver in order to successfully meet the Hospital’s performance improvement/patient safety goals.
- Demonstrates support of the organization’s Patient Safety Program.
- Performs data analysis using a variety of performance improvement tools to identity when levels of performance indicate a pattern or trend that varies from those expected.
- Develops root cause analysis and implements corrective action plans for assigned activities so that changes are made that improve performance, improve patient safety and/or reduce risks.
- Demonstrates critical thinking skills by making decisions that are congruent with the organization’s policies, procedures and guidelines.
- Must have a current license as a Registered Professional Nurse in the state of Texas or equivalent degree in healthcare (i.e. microbiology or public health). A baccalaureate degree is preferred.
- Certification in Infection Control is preferred.
- Minimum of 5 years experience in a hospital setting or Infection Prevention and Control experience.
· Working knowledge of microbiology, epidemiology, infectious diseases, aseptic technique and current practices.
- Able to apply basic principles and tools of performance improvement to a wide range of problems
- Language Skills:
- Able to read and interpret medical record documentation and Hospital policies and procedures.
- Able to communicate effectively with patients, families, hospital staff, medical staff and the general public.
· Basic computer knowledge (data entry, word processing, e-mail, Excel).
- Mathematical Skills:
- Able to graph data collected to aid in performance improvement.