The Infection Preventionist develops, maintains, and evaluates the hospital-wide infection prevention program. Develops, maintains, and reports results on programs for surveillance of community-acquired and health care associated infections; provides in-house staff assistance and consultative services in areas related to infection prevention; develops and conducts hospital infection prevention educational programs.
PRINCIPAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
*Commits to the mission, vision, beliefs and consistently demonstrates our core values.
*Develops and implements a surveillance system to identify nosocomial infections to include the following:
Identifies and describes the event to be monitored.
Defines the population at risk.
Selects appropriate measurement methods, that includes statistical tools and risk stratification.
Identifies and describes the data sources and data collection methods.
Defines numerators and denominators.
Prepares and distributes reports to appropriate departments, teams, or committees.
Analyzes data; uses analysis to monitor and improve infection control and healthcare outcomes.
Compares the data with external comparative measurements as appropriate.
*Sets and recommends policies and procedures to prevent adverse events.
*Applies the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) definitions of infections to actual situations, is familiar with the NHSN system, and can utilize the applications within that system.
*Monitors policies and procedures to assure they are scientifically valid, practical, and cost effective.
*Ensures compliance with Joint Commission, federal, state, and local standards, regulations, and laws, as they relate to infection control.
*Develops and implements a reporting system for communicable diseases.
*Works collaboratively with representatives of the employee health program to develop and monitor immunizations, communicable disease screenings, work restrictions for communicable diseases, and post-exposure follow-ups.
*Intervenes to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases in patients and healthcare personnel through:
Review of microbiology records to identify any unusual clusters.
Performance of routine environmental rounds.
Development of a hand hygiene monitoring program.
Leads or participates in teams to systemically reduce the risk of infection.
Advising and consulting with physicians, nurses, patients, families, medical center personnel and the community concerning any precautions needed to be taken to protect patients or healthcare personnel.
Accesses medication rooms/areas to assess for outdated medications, storage requirements and contamination of medications.
*Plans and implements an educational program for Medical Center personnel concerning infection control and prevention.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, Allied Health or related discipline required. Prior epidemiological experience in a hospital environment preferred.
OTHER CREDENTIALS / CERTIFICATIONS:
Infection Control (CIC) certification from the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC) required within two (2) years of hire into role.
Internal Number: 19316
About Bryan Medical Center
Bryan Health is a Nebraska governed, nonprofit health system that cares for patients, educates tomorrow’s health care providers, motivates our community with fitness and health programs, and collaborates to continually improve how we serve others.
Our award-winning network of doctors, hospitals and medical providers ensures the highest quality of care and the most advanced, effective treatments for those we serve throughout the region. Through our statewide networks we bring care and treatment directly to rural communities through sophisticated mobile diagnostic and treatment services, telemedicine services, specialized heart care clinics, telehealth mental health counseling and more.
With more than 5,000 highly trained staff members, we take our commitment to provide the best care, the best education, the best wellness and recovery services, and the best work environment seriously. For you, we commit to continually move forward, together.