Job Summary: The Infection Control Specialist possesses, or has the capacity to obtain, knowledge of clinical epidemiology principles and is responsible for ensuring compliance with TCC’s Infection Control Program which includes surveillance, analysis, and reporting of health care acquired infections; educating employees about infection control; and the development of health system policies and procedures to insure rigorous infection control standards for facilities that meet standards from AAAHC, APIC, and AORN, in addition to regulatory requirements from OSHA, Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control. The Infection Control Specialist collaborates with programs across TCC to provide support, resources and guidance on infection control related projects, programs and services.
Representative Duties: Under general supervision of the Corporate Safety Manager the incumbent will:
Evaluate and manage compliance with the Infection Control Program as outlined in the Infection Control and Employee health Program Manual for TCC Health Services.
In consultation with the TCC Safety Program, create and update policies and procedures as needed to ensure organizational compliance with best practices and accreditation standards (APIC, AORN, AAAHC, CARF, OSAP) and regulatory requirements (HRSA, OSHA, CDC, CMS) for infection control and prevention.
Serves as the primary contact with regulatory agencies and other organizations on issues related to infection control standards and compliance.
Direct and assist in preparing reports and statistical data for TCC and for local or state agencies; including but not limited to reporting, filing and follow-up.
Conduct regular infection control risk assessments and surveillance of TCC facilities in Fairbanks and rural communities.
Serve as the point of contact with the State of Alaska for reportable diseases.
Receive, log, and report disease diagnoses.
Provide initial orientation and ongoing staff education for disease reporting requirements.
Participate as a member of the TCC Health Services Safety & Infection Control Committee.
Participate and contribute subject-matter expertise in IC as a member of the Quality Management Council.
Work closely with the TCC CHAP (Community Health Aide) Program to provide training, education, to CHAP Program employees including:
Travel to villages to monitor and assess village clinics and staff for competency, infection control practice, and regulatory compliance as needed
Assure village facilities remain in readiness for inspections and surveys.
Coordinate training as necessary for village-based staff to ensure they are prepared to respond to infection control needs in their communities.
Interact with providers, nurses, department managers, supervisors and other professional/non-professional staff to provide resource information, resolve infection control problems, and identify new opportunities to improve services.
Cross train with TCC’s Employee Health program to be able to provide short-term coverage for the responsibilities of that program.
Bachelor or higher degree that included a major field of study in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of this position as an Infection Prevention Specialist such as Nursing, Public Health or Environmental health is preferred.
Two years’ experience in ambulatory care, inpatient hospital care, or public health clinical care.
A working knowledge infection control and prevention is required. Experience with infection control and surveillance is preferred.
Current state professional license or certification as applicable
Must have current BLS certification or be able to obtain prior to hire.
Association for Practitioners in Infection Control (APIC) training course or equivalent desired. Certification in Infection Control (CIC) is preferred.
Must be proficient in understanding of Dental Infection Control practices as determined by the CDC, OSAP, and IHS standards.
Must have a current valid Driver’s License and clean driving record.
Must pass background check pursuant to federal Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act requirements.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Must have the ability to interpret and implement infection control standards and regulations.
Familiarity with Interior Alaskan native traditions and cultures.
Strong organizational, verbal, written, analytic and interpersonal skills.
Computer skills, research and basic statistical skills is preferred.
Computer proficiency required using Microsoft Windows and MS office products.
Ability to process complex information while working independently.
Reports audit or clinical findings to appropriate staff to ensure appropriate outcome and/or follow-up for improvement as indicated.
Ability to pro-actively and consistently apply regulatory and accreditation standards to assure that activities are reviewed and performance improvement processes are implemented within guidelines.
Ability to interpret best practice and regulatory standards into clinical application and make recommendations for implementation.
Knowledge of State of Alaska regulations for reportable diseases.
Knowledge of infectious diseases and their corresponding post-exposure interventions.
Knowledge of current principles and practices for sterilization of equipment and disinfecting of surfaces and multiple-patient use items in the ambulatory care setting.
Knowledge of current regulations and standards for infection control in an ambulatory care setting.
Internal Number: IRC37846
About Tanana Chiefs Conference
Tanana Chiefs Conference, the traditional tribal consortium of the 42 villages of Interior Alaska, is based on a belief in tribal self-determination and the need for regional Native unity. The history of the Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) reflects the importance of balancing the traditional Native values with the modern demands facing us as indigenous peoples. TCC is a non-profit organization that works toward meeting the health and social service challenges for more than 10,000 Alaska Natives spread across a region of 235,000 square miles in Interior Alaska. Imagine the impact your unique skills and abilities would bring to the people of the Alaskan Interior at Tanana Chiefs Conference, Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center, or the Morris Thompson Cultural Center. While each of our facilities play a different and crucial role in the healthcare and wellbeing of our community, we unite under the same mission: Accessible and trusted world-class services provided with unconditional love, compassion, dignity and respect.