Catholic Health Initiatives RN-INFECTION PREVENTIONIST - FT (1.0) Days - CHI Health Lakeside in OMAHA, Nebraska

RN-INFECTION PREVENTIONIST - FT (1.0) Days - CHI Health Lakeside

Description

CHI Health is a regional health network with a unified mission: nurturing the healing ministry of the Church while creating healthier communities. Headquartered in Omaha, the combined organization consists of 15 hospitals, two stand-alone behavioral health facilities and more than 150 employed physician practice locations in Nebraska and southwestern Iowa. More than 12,000 employees comprise the workforce of this network that includes 2,820 licensed beds and serves as the primary teaching partner of Creighton University’s health sciences schools. In fiscal year 2014, the organization provided a combined $149.3 million in quantified community benefit including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. With locations stretching from Kearney, Neb. to Missouri Valley, Iowa, the health network is the largest in Nebraska and serves residents of Nebraska and southwest Iowa. For more information, visit online at CHIhealth.com.

Job Summary/Essential Duties:

  1. Performs infection surveillance activities to identify opportunities for improvement.

  2. Reports findings and recommendations to the appropriate committees, individuals or outside agencies as appropriate.

  3. Collaborates with Medical staff, Environment of Care, and Occupational Health staff in investigations, studies and other activities related to the improvement in infection prevention practices.

  4. Participates in, and is an integral part of a multi disciplinary process for handling infectious materials and waste.

  5. Collaborates with local and national regulatory agencies in response to community and national events such as bioterrorism, community outbreaks and natural disasters.

  6. Develops, maintains, and participates in environmental hazard surveillance to identify opportunities for improvement in infection prevention practices, including documentation and follow up of deficiencies, and recommend methods to economically remove or reduce hazards.

  7. Coordinates at least annually an infection prevention risk assessment pertinent to the assigned site or service, to identify vulnerabilities, and opportunities for improvement in existing Alegent Health facilities and programs; facilitates corrective action or recommends solutions as appropriate.

  8. Coordinates and performs the abstraction of clinical data/information pertinent to infection prevention surveillance programs utilizing standard data collection tools and definitions.

  9. Develops, promotes, and provides timely infection prevention education and training programs in collaboration with Human Resources; acts as a resource for, and facilitates department-specific education responsibilities.

  10. Participates in committee activities associated with infection prevention.

  11. Communicates with internal and external customers on matters related to infection prevention.

  12. Maintains appropriate records to meet regulatory requirements for the System Infection Prevention Program.

Monday-Friday 8-4:30

Qualifications

QUALIFICATIONS:

Experience

Four years in nursing or medical technology/laboratory; one year experience in Infection Control and Joint Commission accreditation processes is preferred. Familiarity with process improvement principles preferred.

Education/Licensure

Required: Completion of a Registered Nurse program in an accredited institution required.

Current RN licensure in the State of Nebraska or the State of Iowa is required. Nebraska and Iowa are compact states so you must be licensed in the state of residence.

Preferred: Current Certification in Infection Control (CIC) or realization within 4 years of hire.

Preferred : Bachelors degree in health care field. Masters in Nursing or Health Related Field

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities

  • Strong emphasis on critical thinking and process improvement principles and strategies, or any comparable combination of these skills

  • Substantial understanding of Infection Prevention principles and practices, strong knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, guidelines and professional standards.

  • Ability to communicate effectively and work successfully with all levels of staff.

  • Strong planning skills with the ability to manage and complete projects are required.

  • Facilitation skills are required

  • Must demonstrate personal traits of high level of motivation, team orientation, professionalism, trust and place a high value on treating others with dignity and respect

Job Nursing - RN

Primary Location NEBRASKA-OMAHA-LAKESIDE

Daily Schedule Days

Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period 80

Weekends Required Occasional

Req ID: 2017-R0120332