Director of Infection Prevention
Mount Auburn Hospital
Founded in 1886 as the first hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Mount Auburn Hospital is dedicated to delivering top quality healthcare services in a patient-centered and compassionate manner. Our mission is to improve the health of the residents of Cambridge and its surrounding communities. We respect the dignity of you, our patients, as well as that of your families. Mount Auburn Hospital is a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital. This allows us to make significant contributions to educating the caregivers of tomorrow, while optimizing our outcomes and the quality of care delivered.
We are currently seeking a Director of Infection Prevention.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
- Provides leadership of key hospital initiatives to reduce preventable infections.
- Works with the Chair, Quality and Safety, Chief of Infectious Diseases, and medical staff leadership to identify opportunities for improvement and implement best practices and strategies for reduction of hospital acquired infections.
- Leads specific initiatives such as reduction of central line associated bloodstream Infections, overall surgical site infections, and catheter associated bloodstream infections.
- Manages the Infection Prevention daily operations.
- Prepares departmental operating and capital budgets and manages operations within allocated funds.
- Interviews, hires, orients, and evaluates personnel according to hospital policy.
- Prioritizes needs related to infection prevention staff, equipment, and supplies.
- Manages infection prevention staff.
- Coordinates infection prevention activities within the department.
- Based on the annual infection prevention risk assessment, develops the infection prevention plan and surveillance indicators.
- Coordinates the collection and analysis of data from the surveillance indicators.
- Creates appropriate reports and graphic presentations and presents findings monthly to the Infection Control Committee and quarterly to the Quality Review Committee.
- Designs studies to analyze problems defined in the surveillance process and reports study findings to the appropriate clinical groups.
- Prepares the annual infection control budget and prepares the written annual infection control report for inclusion in the infectious disease report.
- Acts as consultant to all clinical departments in the hospital and ambulatory settings.
- Provides consultation to attending physicians, house staff, and nursing regarding the management of patients with communicable diseases, and coordinates the implementation of appropriate isolation procedures.
- Assists all departments in developing infection control policies that reflect best practice, and reviews those policies every two years. Reviews the hospital infection control manual annually and updates as necessary.
- Serves on various committees, providing infection control expertise to Infection Control Committee, Safety Committee, Nursing Policy and Procedure Committee, Product Evaluation Committee, and others as necessary.
- Consults with appropriate individuals during the planning for hospital renovation and construction to ensure an optimum infection control environment.
- Effectively problem solves infectious disease issues across all age groups.
- Develops staff from clinical areas of the hospital as liaison nurses to the Infection Control Department and provides education and support in the development of the liaison nurse service.
- Participates in employee education.
- Assists Nursing Staff Development and Employee Education with the development of infection control aspects of educational programs, and provides infection prevention orientation to all new hospital employees.
- Presents infection control information and education to individual departments as necessary.
- Demonstrates knowledge in all areas of infectious diseases and across all age categories as evidenced by Certification in Infection Control (CIC) and attendance at continuing education programs. Maintains knowledge of current infection control standards of practice, and plans for new and changing practices in hospital infection control.
- Investigates employee exposures to communicable diseases.
- Consults with Occupational Health in the development of infection control standards for employees.
- Performs assessment of risk of personnel who have a known exposure to a communicable disease and notifies Occupational Health of those exposures.
- Coordinates infection control follow-up between employees, Occupational Health Service, the Department of Public Health, and Physician staff as needed.
- Maintains compliance with regulatory agencies.
- Maintains up-to-date knowledge of all mandated policies and requirements of regulatory agencies including CDC, TJC, OSHA, MDPH, and EPA.
- Responsible for the development of written plans for compliance with regulatory agencies, including OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard, TB Control Standard, and the CDC Guidelines as published. Responsible for the annual review of these plans.
- Plans, designs, and implements educational programs for hospital personnel to maintain compliance with the regulatory agencies.
- Coordinates the notification of reportable diseases to local boards of health, state, and federal agencies as indicated.
- Requires a minimum of three years of infection control experience, experience in quality and performance improvement.
- Knowledge of management/nursing principles and practices normally acquired through the completion of a Bachelor's degree in nursing. A Massachusetts RN license required.
- Certification in Infection Control and Epidemiology (CIC). Advanced Practice Certification preferred.
- Management experience preferred or demonstrated leadership in previous roles. Three years of nursing experience.
- Experience in the development of research studies, and skill in the collection, analysis, and presentation of data, and in recommending changes based on data analysis.
- Experience with EHR and databases. Experience with Epic preferred.
- Strong interpersonal skills. Position interacts with all levels and disciplines within the organization.
- Experienced in the development, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs for physicians, nurses, and other hospital departments.
Working Conditions: At risk for exposure to infectious diseases, chemicals, and other hazardous materials
To apply, please visit: https://www.hrapply.com/mtauburn/AppJobView.jsp?link=7864
Mount Auburn Hospital employees must be able to readily adjust to change and handle a rapid-paced environment and the stresses associated with that, while continuing to provide high-quality, efficient service.
An Equal Opportunity Employer.