Manages the PHS Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Program to ensure activities are directed toward preventing and decreasing healthcare associated infections and improving patient safety across the continuum of care. Participates in the Presbyterian Delivery System continuous survey readiness program to maintain compliance with regulatory standards.
Provides strategic support to achieve high level of quality performance through collaboration with subject matter experts, Medical Director, local leaders and regional initiatives.
Manages work of the department, ensuring that adequate surveillance, oversight, collaboration, and expertise is allocated to the risks identified within the Annual Infection Control Plan, the Patient Safety Plan, and PHS Board of Directors Performance Review Scorecard related to the prevention, elimination, and reduction of infections.
Accountable for the annual development, implementation, and evaluation of the Infection Control Plan, formulating prevention goals and objectives, plans, and risk assessment to reduce and control the risk of health care associated infections.
Collaborates with leadership team to ensure compliance with regulatory and accrediting agency requirements, timely and accurate reporting to New Mexico Department of Health and other external agencies as appropriate.
Acts as content expert to clinical leaders, patient care service leaders and quality leaders to improve patient safety.
Provides consultation to PHS leaders and staff.
Actively participates in leadership meetings to ensure alignment of priorities and strategies.
Provides direct supervision to Infection Preventionists, and the Infection Control Technician.
Provides direction through indirect supervision via dotted line relationships to Infection Prevention personnel who do not report directly to the Infection Prevention and Control Program due to dual roles, etc.
Co-chairs the Infection Control Committee with the Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control to provide leadership which will ensure surveillance activities and improvement plans are analyzed, implemented and reported to leadership.
Provides consultation as needed to Occupational/Employee Health related to workplace exposures from communicable diseases.
Collaborates with Facility Services, Real Estate and Safety Departments to ensure an integrated Environment of Care program.
Keeps abreast of current scientific literature, recommendations, guidelines, and regulatory requirements which may impact the Infection Prevention and Control Program.
Promotes, provides education, and monitors Infection Prevention practices, policies and procedures.
Evaluates and revises Infection Control policies and procedures according to current standards of practice and evidence-bases recommended by CDC, APIC, SHEA, AORN, etc.
Bachelor's degree in health-related field such as nursing, epidemiology, microbiology or public health. Master’s degree in nursing, epidemiology, microbiology, public health or other healthcare-related discipline preferred.
Must possess current NM nursing license or compact state nursing license, or certification in clinical healthcare discipline such as nursing, clinical laboratory science, or public health.
Current Certification in Infection Control (CIC) required within one year, if not already certified
Minimum three (3) years of infection prevention experience in acute health care facility (multi-hospital and multi medical group delivery system, experience preferred). Experience in Quality/Risk/Patient Safety/Project Management/Lean preferred. Experience in operational-, nursing-, or infection-control-management preferred.
Must have a valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and able to travel locally.
Share 24 hour responsibility for availability to respond to infection control concerns through scheduled on-call activities.
Demonstrated leadership skills.
Fosters trust, respect and dignity in the workforce and patients.
Demonstrate knowledge and experience in facilitating improvements, use of data, change management, and IHI Model for Improvement and Clinical Excellence.
Demonstrated understanding of surveillance practices and state and federal reporting requirements Demonstrated strength in written and oral communication skills.
Demonstrated skills in program management, project management, time management, and/or resource management.
Demonstrates ability or acceptance of the Just Culture model for workplace accountability. Demonstrated ability to influence change. Demonstrated skills in collaborative team work. Demonstrated problem-solving, analytic, and decision making skills specific to prevention, elimination and reduction of infections.
Demonstrated ability to develop and present educational programs. Demonstrated ability to apply adult learning principles. Demonstrated computer software application skills such as Epic, MIDAS, Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Internal Number: 2020-17280
About Presbyterian Healthcare Services
Presbyterian Healthcare Services is a locally owned, not-for-profit healthcare system of nine hospitals, a statewide health plan and a growing multi-specialty medical group. Founded in New Mexico in 1908, it is the state's largest private employer with approximately 11,000 employees.
Presbyterian's story is really the story of the remarkable people who have chosen to work here. Starting with Reverend Cooper who began our journey in 1908, the hard work of thousands of physicians, employees, board members, and other volunteers brought Presbyterian from a tiny tuberculosis sanatorium to a statewide healthcare system, serving more than 700,000 New Mexicans.
We are part of New Mexico's history - and committed to its future. That is why we will continue to work just as hard and care just as deeply to serve New Mexico for years to come.
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