Maine Behavioral Healthcare is seeking an Infection Prevention Specialist in Westbrook. In this important role, the candidate selected will: consult and provide direction to leaders and team members on infection prevention best practices, be the subject matter expert for infection prevention protocols, ensure measures are taken for regulatory compliance, and lead infection control committees.
An associate degree plus 8 years of relevant experience OR a bachelor’s degree plus 5 years of relevant experience is required. Non-CIC certified candidates with 5 years of relevant experience will also be considered. Behavioral health experience is a plus!
The Infection Preventionist II is responsible for monitoring and responding to Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI’s) and communicable infections by infection detection, data collection and analysis; monitoring; and evaluation of preventive interventions. Additional responsibilities include providing input on relevant policies and procedures, conducting risk assessments, ensuring adequacy of cleaning and disinfection practices, educating and coaching staff, and assuring regulatory compliance in all aspects of infection surveillance, prevention and control. The Infection Preventionist II monitors and responds to HAI infections in high-risk patient populations, serves as the primary contact for regulatory agencies in matters related to infection prevention and control, helps analyze relevant data trends and clinical practice workflows, and leads organization-wide efforts to minimize harm from infections and to meet current and anticipated future regulatory and accreditation standards related to infection prevention and control.
Associate degree or equivalent training in a health-related field (Nursing, Medical Technology, Microbiology, Epidemiology) with at least eight years of relevant work experience OR bachelor’s degree with at least five years of relevant experience required.
Certification by the Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CIC) required.
Knowledge of regulations and standards related to infection prevention and control.
Familiarity with electronic health records.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite or equivalent preferred
Familiarity with clinical quality measurement and performance improvement tools and concepts, e.g., plan-do-study-act, preferred.
Ability to plan, implement and evaluate infection control practices, policies and procedures.
Effective verbal and written communication skills.
Strong critical thinking skills and attention to detail.
Demonstrated ability to professionally address difficult and sensitive issues related to infection prevention and control.
Maine Behavioral Healthcare has become a unified organization committed to providing the highest quality of care to our clients and patients. Our goal is to become Maine’s first choice for integrated behavioral healthcare and a regional and national model for the future.
With a service area covering the Greater Portland area and a large part of southern Maine, a career with Maine Behavioral Healthcare gives you the opportunity to live, work and play in one of the most beautiful areas of the country. Southern Maine offers natural beauty, four-season recreational opportunities and a wealth of historic and cultural attractions. Wherever you settle, you will have easy access to Maine’s picturesque coast and sandy beaches, and its countless mountains, lakes and rivers. Portland itself was recently named the most livable city in America by Forbes Magazine.
MaineHealth values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Federal and state laws prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.