Infection Preventionist I:
CHOP

16752-en_US
CHOP
Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Healthcare
Description

Req ID: 16752

Shift: Days

Employment Status: AF - Active - Regular - Full Time 

Job Summary

Responsible for infection prevention and control components including conducting surveillance, assisting with investigations of outbreaks, education of healthcare providers and consultation with healthcare providers and other professionals. Infection Preventionists I will have a primary focus on infection prevention and control surveillance of hospital acquired infections to include chart review, data abstraction and data collection and application of the National Health and Safety Network (NHSN) definitions. In addition, knowledge and skills of other infection prevention and control practices will be developed, such as education program design, policy and procedure review, construction, high level disinfection and sterilization and participation in quality performance improvement activities to promote patient safety. 

Job Responsibilities

                             

1.  Conducts infection control surveillance and program activities. (40%)      

  • Reviews daily microbiology and virology reports for culture results that may represent healthcare acquired infections (HAI)
  • Reviews patient charts for evidence of HAIs and applies NHSN definitions to identify and report HAIs through the use of an electronic surveillance system.
  • Documents appropriate information in patient electronic record
  • Conducts weekly environmental rounding as assigned Assists with investigations of clusters of infections, outbreaks, unusual infections or exposures as these events arise and participates in epidemiologic studies as needed.
  • Reviews construction plans and designs and completes ICRAs as needed
  • Reports "reportable diseases" to the appropriate public health departments and responds to public health department inquiries regarding communicable diseases.

 

     

2.  Perform HAI prevention activities. (20%)  

  • Collaborates with all disciplines of healthcare professionals to drive performance improvement and impact quality and patient safety
  • Participates in apparent cause analysis to identify modifiable risk factors and other infection prevention opportunities
  • Serves as a member of the Infection Prevention and Control Committee

 

3.  Education and consultation with healthcare providers (HCPs). (25%)       

  • Consults with HCPs to answer infection prevention and control questions or concerns from staff, patients, and/or families.
  • Develops and conducts mandatory education as well as new employee orientation sessions, in-services and other educational sessions.
  • Advises staff on appropriate isolation practices and use of personal protective equipment

 

  1. Maintain compliance with regulatory requirements (15%)
  • Assist with the review of  infection prevention and control policies and procedures
  • Assists with risk assessments to identify gaps in infection prevention and control and areas of priority
  • Participates in Joint Commission, Department of Health and other regulatory agency readiness

Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations

CIC (2 yrs)

Required Education and Experience

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

  • BSN, MT, or other similar bachelor’s degree in a health-care related field, from an accredited program.
  • Pennsylvania Nurse Licensure as an RN, registered by American Society Clinical Pathologists as a Medical Technologist, registered Pharmacist, or having an advanced degree in a scientifically relevant field (e.g. MPH, MS in Clinical Microbiology, MSN, etc.)
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience as a healthcare professional is preferred.  

Additional Technical Requirements

  • Demonstrates strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Self-directed, motivated, flexible
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks.
  • Demonstrates organizational skills.
  • Understands basic surveillance and epidemiological data 

All CHOP employees who work in a patient building or who provide patient care are required to receive an annual influenza vaccine unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for its patients, family members, visitors and employees. In an effort to achieve this goal, employment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, other than for positions with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey, is contingent upon an attestation that the job applicant does not use tobacco products or nicotine in any form and a negative nicotine screen (the latter occurs after a job offer).

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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CHOP Careers Contact 

Talent Acquisition

2716 South Street, 6th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19146 

Phone: 866-820-9288 

Email:TalentAcquisition@email.chop.edu

 

 

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