Catholic Health Initiatives Quality and Infection Prevention Professional (CHI Memorial Hospital - Georgia) Full-Time in FORT OGLETHORPE, Georgia

Quality and Infection Prevention Professional (CHI Memorial Hospital - Georgia) Full-Time

Description

JOB SUMMARY:

The Quality and Infection Prevention Professional associate gathers data and conducts surveillance to assist in the prevention of hospital acquired infections for patients, visitors and staff. Using this data, the Quality and Infection Prevention Professional assists with the implementation of evidenced based practices to prevent or control infections. Healthcare associated infections will be reported to NHSN in compliance with federal and state requirements.

The Quality and Infection Prevention Professional is also responsible for abstracting, analyzing and reporting quality / patient safety data for the facility; supports the peer review process collaboratively with the medical staff; coordinates the sentinel event review and root cause analysis; and supports performance improvement activities.

JOB DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Has current knowledge of TJC, CMS. OSHA, and CDC/APIC guidelines.

  • Assesses own learning needs and seeks formal and informal means of meeting these needs to continually improve practice.

  • Analyzes patient data to determine if a nosocomial infection is present.

  • Is able to communicate both verbally and in written form to all levels of hospital management.

  • Develops and provides educational programs for hospital staff based on identified learning needs.

  • Assesses compliance with Performance Improvement and Infection Control policies/procedures for all departments.

  • Provides information for the development of quarterly reports within the required time-frame.

  • Assesses patient infections daily, by reviewing microbiology reports and looking for nosocomial organisms, isolated sources of infection and admitting diagnoses.

  • Collects data from microbiology reports, patient charts and attending physicians to determine cause of infection(s) and probability of it being hospital acquired.

  • Compares organisms isolated with known nosocomial organisms and likely mode of transmission.

  • Determines risk of contamination for patient, family, visitors and staff.

  • Makes recommendations to Infection Control Coordinator.

  • Collects data from on-site inspections to all the departments, compares Results of inspection with Infection Control policies to ascertain compliance, makes report and recommendations to the Infection Control Coordinator and Department Director.

  • Evaluates the daily work load and arranges tasks according to priority and urgency.

  • Evaluates and gathers required data as necessary to generate Infection Control reports so that changes can be made in hospital practices, if indicated.

  • Assists in the preparation of reports and communicates with hospital employees to obtain information so that meaningful reports can be generated.

Qualifications

Education:

  • Graduate of an accredited nursing school.

  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing or health-related field

  • Completion of a Surgical Technician program or an Associate’s Degree in a related field.

Experience:

  • 3-5 years of current clinical experience required.

  • Critical care experience preferred.

  • Prior infection prevention and / or performance improvement experience preferred.

Equipment/Skills:

LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION:

  • Current license associated with clinical expertise in the State of GA required.

  • GA compact license preferred.

  • Certified in Infection Control (CIC) within two years of employment. NHSN training completed within the first 6 months.

EQUIPMENT:

  • Strong computer skills in Excel, Outlook, Word and current EMAR.

  • Other business equipment related to job functions will be trained.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrates a commitment to service, organization values and professionalism through appropriate conduct and demeanor at all times.

  • Adheres to and exhibits our core values :

  • Reverence : Having a profound spirit of awe and respect for all creation, shaping relationships to self, to one another and to God and acknowledging that we hold in trust all that has been given to us.

  • Integrity: Moral wholeness, soundness, uprightness, honesty and sincerity as a basis of trustworthiness.

  • Compassion: Feeling with others, being one with others in their sorrows and joys, rooted in the sense of solidarity as members of the human community.

  • Excellence: Outstanding achievement, merit, virtue; continually surpassing standards to achieve/maintain quality.

  • Maintains confidentiality and protects sensitive data at all times.

  • Adheres to organizational and department specific safety standards and guidelines.

  • Works collaboratively and supports efforts of team members.

  • Demonstrates exceptional customer service and interacts effectively with physicians, patients, residents, visitors, staff and the broader health care community.

Catholic Health Initiatives and its organizations are Equal Opportunity Employers

NOTICE

This position requires a criminal background check. Therefore, you may be required to provide information about your criminal history in order to be considered for this position.

Job Professional Non-Clinical

Primary Location GEORGIA-FORT OGLETHORPE-MEMORIAL HOSPITAL GEORGIA

Daily Schedule Day

Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period 80

Weekends Required Occasional

Req ID: 1800000532

We’re an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.