As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD, Center for Advanced Reconstruction and Rehabilitation (CARER), and mentally-and medically- vulnerable populations. In addition to the centers of emphasis, HMC serves a mission population for King County. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region. HMC is owned by King County and managed by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW’s School of Medicine.
THIS IS A PART-TIME 75% POSITION
The position of INFECTION PREVENTIONIST (IP) is an integral member of a highly specialized, multidisciplinary medical center program serving to identify, investigate, monitor, and report healthcare-associated infections (HAI's) and to improve the use of antimicrobials for patients. The IP collaborates with teams and individuals to create infection prevention strategies, provide feedback, and sustain infection prevention strategies.
This position will focus on surveillance of and support operational interventions to decrease the absolute number and rate of these infections: •Central Line Associated Infections (CLABSI), •Ventilator Associated Events (VAE) and Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP), and •Specific surgical site infections
This position will also have a critical role in interfacing with the quality improvement information technology team regarding the development of data inquiries for infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship. Using clinical knowledge, chart review, microbiology and epidemiologic analysis, this person will provide real time and retrospective identification of infections or risk of infections to support the safety of our patients. This person will assist with the complex hospital, UW Medicine, state and national reporting requirement to monitor and report healthcare associated infections. A detailed understanding of hospital/healthcare epidemiology, infection control regulations and practices, clinical assessment and microbiology is required to be successful in this position.
Essential Skills: •Ability to apply epidemiologic skills to infection surveillance in order to target effective preventive interventions. •Ability to implement evidence based guidelines and adapt national guidelines to local conditions and concerns around healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial resistance. •Ability to collaborate, communicate, and resolve conflict effectively with individuals from diverse positions with internal and external partners in order to coordinate efforts around infection control. •Experience with program and project management. •Expertise in data collection and analysis, report writing, and data presentation. •Strong oral and written communication. •Ability to be an organized self-starter who can work independently with minimal supervision.
The INFECTION PREVENTIONIST will:
Serve as direct report to the Manager of Infection Prevention & Control (IPC) and Director of Quality Improvement.
Work in collaboration and under the guidance of the Medical Director of IPC and Manager of IPC who work as a dyad to provide programmatic leadership of the IPC department.
In conjunction with other members of the infection control program provide 24 hour infection control on-call coverage for Harborview Medical Center.
Program Management: •Develop, implement, and evaluate the organizational infection prevention program. •Assess and analyze on a daily basis surveillance of HAIs as assigned. •Utilize epidemiologic principles to conduct surveillance and investigation activities. •Evaluate and modify the surveillance plan as necessary. •Develop, interpret and assist with implementation of infection prevention and control policies and protocols. •Communicate infection prevention and control information and data to various committees and healthcare workers across the organization as assigned. •Participate in epidemiologic outbreak investigations.
Design and Deliver Education •Work collaboratively within the IPC team, Manager for IPC, Medical Director for IPC, and QI Department to create a shared governance model for all activities that involve hospital-wide implementation, education, information, and training •Assess and address learning needs of those served. •Create educational goals, objectives, and strategies using learning principles and available educational tools and technology. •Evaluate the effectiveness of educational programs and learner outcomes.
Regulatory Requirements •Comply with regulatory and mandatory reporting requirements at the local, state and federal levels. •Facilitate compliance with regulatory and accreditation standards. •Stay current on infection prevention and control regulatory and accreditation standards.
Performance Improvement (PI) •Utilize PI methodology as a means of enacting change. •Define the scope of the project and select appropriate PI tools to aid in efficiency, reliability, effectiveness and ensure sustainability of the initiative. •Ensure that customer needs and expectations are considered in the development of and continuous improvement of processes, products, and services. •Monitor and analyze process and outcome measures to evaluate the effectiveness and sustainability. •Participate in PI committees, teams and initiatives as indicated. •Participate in local and national PI programs such as, WSHA CUSP projects, the Vizient, Partnership for Patients and Institute for Healthcare Improvement programs.
Occupational Health •Assess risk of occupational exposures to infectious disease. •Work collaboratively with HMC Employee Health Services department.
Professional Accountability •Pursue professional growth and development of required knowledge and skills. •Maintain certification and licensure requirements. •Establish at least 1 professional goal per year. •Advocate for patient safety, health worker safety, and safe practices.
Collaboration •Consult and collaborate, as needed, with local, state, and federal public health officials, and community health organizations. •Involve multidisciplinary teams to ensure changes are vetted by all stakeholder groups. •Serve as a clinical consultant and advisor to patient care and administrative personnel at all levels for infection prevention & control epidemiology issues within Harborview Medical Center. •Participate in the decision-making process, support and development of policies and procedures around infection control. •Participate in a multidisciplinary approach to surveillance and prevention of healthcare-associated infections with a focus on CLABSI, VAE/VAP, specific surgical site infections.
Leadership •Utilize principles of influence, leadership and change management. •Bring enthusiasm, creativity and innovation to practice. •Work collaboratively with others, providing direction when necessary. •Readily share knowledge and expertise. •Contribute to the development of less-experienced healthcare providers through education and mentorship. •Prepare and deliver infection prevention presentations to external groups.
Research and Implementation Science •Evaluate research and evidence-based practices and incorporate appropriate findings into routine practice. •Integrate evidence-based practices into policies, guidelines, protocols and educational strategies. •Identify barriers for implementation and develop strategies to minimize or remove barriers. •Implement strategies to sustain efforts such as audit tools and meaningful feedback.
IPC Informatics •Critical to this role will be interfacing with information technology experts on database development and data reports. •Be familiar with infection prevention software and other technology. •Collaborate with IT to create meaningful electronic reports to enhance infection prevention initiatives. •Ability to create, validate, manage and utilize complex surveillance and systems and data collection systems
Fiscal Responsibility •Consider the financial/safety implications and clinical outcomes when making recommendations, evaluating technology and products, and developing policies and procedures. •Use a systematic approach to evaluate costs, benefits, and efficacy. •Incorporate fiscal assessments into program evaluations and/or reports.
An equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute for stated requirements
Current Certification in Infection Control (CIC) •Master's Degree in Nursing, Healthcare or Public Health, or Epidemiology. •Experience in ICU Nursing •Experience as an infection control professional or healthcare epidemiologist
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