Exciting career opportunity available at Geisinger St. Luke’s Hospital. Work closely with our interdisciplinary team to help identify, prevent, and control infections. At GSL, we hold ourselves to a very high standard and strive to achieve top decile performance in quality standards.
The Infection Control Preventionist (ICP) participates in conducting and coordinating the infection control activities within the hospital. The ICP acts as a resource to and a liaison between patient care units, support services, medical staff, Infection Control Committee, Microbiology Lab, Hospital Administration, Network hospitals, and Public Health Departments.
JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Conducts house wide surveillance, analysis and reporting of Hospital Acquired infections as established by the annual Infection Control Departmental goals and objectives.
Reports communicable diseases to the appropriate public health departments as required by statutes.
Acts as a resource/liaison to all customers on matters of Infection Control and epidemiology.
Functions as a professional role model, including, but not limited to proper handwashing technique and appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
Implements appropriate infection control measures, prevention activities, and isolation precautions as necessary, directed toward preventing the spread of infection.
Institutes appropriate infection control measures deemed necessary when it is reasonably felt there is a danger to any patient, staff member, visitor, or the environment.
Participates in collecting, reporting, and benchmarking infections to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).
Assists Employee Health Services in follow-up of employee exposures.
Enhances knowledge and professional development through participation in in-services and continuing education programs, reviewing current literature, and membership in the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).
Participates in identifying departmental needs and supporting annual goals and objectives.
Develops and conducts infection control educational programs as needed.
Serves on appropriate committees, including, but not limited to, Infection Control Committee.
Registered Nurse (RN) or Bachelor’s degree preferred in Microbiology/Epidemiology or related field with current license. Bachelor of Science Degree is required within 5 years of hire. Certification in Infection Control (CIC) preferred upon hire. New ICPs must proceed with CIC certification after two years of full time employment or equivalent.
TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:
Minimum of two (2) years experience required in Nursing, Microbiology/Epidemiology or related field. For RN, acute care clinical nursing experience required.
Full/part time as scheduled. Must be able to work flexible hours as needed, based on the needs of the department.
Internal Number: R063162
About Geisinger St. Luke's Hospital
St. Luke’s University Health Network and Geisinger Health System have teamed up to build a new acute care hospital in Schuylkill County. For the first time in Pennsylvania history, two healthcare systems have collaborated to build a new hospital. Geisinger St. Luke’s is the first new hospital in Schuylkill County in over 90 years. The hospital offers patients easy access to outstanding physicians and advanced practitioners, nationally recognized health care and superb customer service.
Geisinger St. Luke’s Hospital features advanced specialty services in the Hospital, Medical Office Building and surrounding Outpatient Centers. Patients benefit from inpatient care, emergency room services, surgical services, radiology, lab services and more.
The fully-licensed, 80-bed hospital is located on a bustling Route 61 in Orwigsburg, PA. Geisinger St. Luke’s Hospital is close to major road systems (Interstate 78, Interstate 81 and Route 61) for easy access. The hospital is within a 30-minute drive of most areas in Schuylkill County in Northeastern Pennsylvania.