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SMC - Mary Black - Infection Preventionist - FT in Spartanburg, SC at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System

Date Posted: 5/4/2019

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Full-Time
  • Job Type:
  • Experience:
    Not Specified
  • Date Posted:
    5/4/2019

Job Description

Assumes responsibility and accountability for the surveillance, prevention, and control of transmission of infectious diseases in patients and healthcare workers as described in the Infection Prevention Program at SRHS.  Provides cost effective services while maintaining quality of care by appropriate utilization of resources.  Through the use of sound epidemiological principles and evidence-based practices, patient care practice monitoring, and environmental monitoring, collects and analyzes data and identifies risk factors associated with disease transmission.  Tracks, trends and maintains an accurate data base of hospital associated infections as described by state and federal regulations.  Excellent communication skills and analytical abilities are essential. 

Minimum Requirements:

  • 2 years in healthcare or public health.  
  •  Education - Bachelors

Required Licenses/Registrations/Certifications:

  • RN, RT or MT
  • Certification in Infection Prevention preferred

Core Job Responsibilities:

  • Proactively assess regulatory agency standards for changes. 
  • Facilitate and/or participate in performance initiatives.
  • Uses a variety of methods for case findings related to surveillance, i.e. data mining, automated alerts and triggers, rounding, staff and clinician communication.
  • Serves as the liaison between the healthcare system and other facilities and the Department of Health and Environmental Control for infectious disease reporting, health alerts and emerging disease threats.
  • Conducts investigations when surveillance data indicates and/or when requested by customers. 
  • Subject matter expert using guidelines, standards and scientific literature to guide patient care policies and care practices across the continuum of care.
  • Provides on-call services to internal and external customers in a 24/7 revolving schedule.
  • Serves as a resource and subject matter expert on healthcare worker infectious disease exposures.
  • Maintains current knowledge base by formal training courses, educational opportunities, literature review and research, workshops, seminars and conferences.
  • Demonstrates professional growth by participation and/or leadership in professional organizations.
  • Plays an active role in personnel education by inservice, impromptu training and formal presentation.
  • Input related to construction, renovation and maintenance projects. Collaborates with Facilities and Safety to maintain current policies and associated documentation.
  • Active in the system's sharps safety program, promotes Safe Injection Practices, assists with Ryan White notifications and safety device selection.  Manages non-associate exposures as needed.
  • Fluent in National Healthcare Safety Network.
  • Trained in process improvement such as Six Sigma in order to function as a leader and a team member.
  • Analyze and report targeted surveillance outcomes.
  • Provide input on products related to prevention of infection.
  • Conducts and informs on Infection Prevention Risk Assessments as applicable.