Catholic Health Initiatives Infection Preventionist (Full Time) in HOUSTON, Texas

Infection Preventionist (Full Time)

Description

Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center

A quaternary care facility that is home of the Texas Heart® Institute, a world-class cardiovascular research and education institution founded in 1962 by Denton A. Cooley, MD–consistently ranked as one of the nation’s best in Cardiovascular Services & Heart Surgery.

The first hospital in Texas and the Southwest designated a Magnet® hospital for Nursing Excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, receiving the award four consecutive times. Baylor St. Luke’s is home to three freestanding community emergency centers (Holcombe, Pearland, and San Felipe) offering adult and pediatric care–treating more than 51,000 patients annually.The hospital holds a collaborative partnership with Baylor College of Medicine and affiliations with The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, The University of Texas Medical Branch (Galveston), Houston Baptist University, and Prairie View A&M University.

Position Summary

Utilizes knowledge of infection control and epidemiology to insure the clinical management of infection control activities at all health system locations. Ensures compliance with established standards for infection control and Maintains IC regulatory compliance. Responsible for the evaluation of hospitalized patients for the presence of nosocomial, communicable, and reportable infectious diseases and the investigation and resolution of possible outbreaks. In addition, the position Manages performance improvement activities directed toward the achievement of hospital goals.

Qualifications

Minimum Job Qualifications

Minimum Education: Bachelor's Degree - medical technology, nursing, or other healthcare related field. Combination of a two-year degree and Infection Control work experience may be considered as substitute for Bachelor's degree.

Minimum years in field prior to employment: Five (5) years of clinical experience in a laboratory or clinical area with a minimum of three (3) years direct experience in infection control/disease management

Position Responsibilities

  1. Collect, process, and analyze surveillance data to ensure that appropriate measures are taken to decrease morbidity and mortality as well as employee exposures and injuries

  2. Report communicable diseases as required by law

  3. Consult with administration, medical staff, department managers, employees, and patients regarding infection control practices, policies, and procedures, transmission of communicable disease, and reduction of nosocomial infections

  4. Maintain practice in a clinical specialty in infection control as identified by the Director

  5. Develop agendas and presentations for bimonthly Infections Committee meetings; develop policies that reflect changing trends

  6. Lead multidisciplinary collaborative teams to improve preventative practices, identify evidenced based research, and improve patient and institutional outcomes

  7. Develop educational programs to meet the needs of all employees as required by regulatory agencies to keep them informed about current infection control concepts and their specific responsibilities

  8. Maintain infection control plans for both hospitals and update as needed to meet regulatory requirements

  9. Identify methods to meet new public reporting requirements for infection control data as mandated by state and federal agencies

  10. Evaluate hospitalized patients for the presence of nosocomial, infectious or reportable disease using both electronic data and site visits

  11. Review and revise house wide policies to ensure that current practice meets professional and regulatory standards with regards to identification of issues and outbreak control and prevention

Minimum Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  1. Sound knowledge of epidemiology, sterilization and sanitation, bacteriology, infectious disease and asepsis

  2. Self motivated individual with the ability to work independently

  3. Strong leadership skills

  4. Must be able to relate to others on a professional level

  5. Ability to plan, organize, and consult

  6. Strong aptitude to present information in a sound and concise manner

  7. Strong computer skills

Job Professional Clinical/Allied Health

Primary Location TEXAS-HOUSTON-ST LUKES MEDICAL CENTER

Daily Schedule Full Time

Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period 80

Weekends Required Occasional

Req ID: 2018-R0153345

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.