Participates in planning, developing, implementing and evaluating infection prevention processes and systems across all NCHS inpatient and outpatient sites of care. Advises and consults with leaders, clinical care teams, patients, families and contracted staff on efforts to proactively identify infection risks and appropriate evidenced-based best practice strategies to assure safety for patients, visitors, providers and staff.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Applies relevant knowledge, in assisting with provision of infection prevention and control educational programs, and materials to healthcare personnel, patients, families, and the community.
Assists department to meet the needs of both internal and external customers.
Responsible for maintaining records to meet potential legal & regulatory requirements, including assuring accuracy & timeliness of information entered into healthcare-associated infections database.
Responsible for the appropriate placement or isolation of patients with development/review of Infection Prevention/Control policies and procedures as directed
Follows-up on patients, personnel, and visitors who have communicable disease(s) and/or blood exposure within the hospital.
Responsible for personal and professional growth and expertise by remaining current with changing regulatory requirements, changing trends, and participation in professional organization(s).
Documents in the medical records all communication with physician, family or Public Health agency.
Identifies patient care practices and procedures with specific infection risk for patients and/or personnel.
Maintains departmental files, records, and computer statistics for healthcare associated infections and prepares information for weekly departmental review.
Maintains Public Health reporting system to ensure reporting of communicable diseases.
Participates in departmental and hospital-wide Performance Improvement activities, as directed.
Performs facility defined surveillance for presence of healthcare-associated infections in designated patient populations using hospital computer systems to retrieve, analyze, and organize data.
Submits written report on all surveillance activities and/or investigations to Infection Prevention and Control Director and Committee.
Reviews laboratory, microbiological reports and medical records for evidence of infection.
Certification in Infection Prevention and Control preferred.
Ability to apply principals of adult education.
Ability to communicate verbally in writing.
Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.
Ability to interpret, adapt and react calmly under stressful conditions.
Ability to use logical and scientific thinking to interpret technical data and solve a broad range of problems.
Able to relate cooperatively and constructively with clients and co-workers
Good working knowledge of MS-Office.
Minimum Job Requirements
Bachelor's degree in Nursing, Public Health, Business, Public administration or related field.
Active Florida Med Tech license (OR) active FL RN license (OR) 4-5 years of direct infection prevention experience.
1-3 years of clinical hospital experience or quality improvement experience.
Additional Salary Information: Nicklaus Children's Health System offers outstanding Total Rewards/Benefits.
Internal Number: 18630
About Nicklaus Children's Health System
Nicklaus Children's Health System is South Florida's only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children with more than 650 attending physicians and over 130 pediatric sub-specialists. The 289-bed hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine and is routinely ranked among the best children's hospitals in the nation.