Infection Prevention Specialist I (Organizational Excellence)

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Business (Non-Clinical)
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2111159 Requisition #

 

GENERAL SUMMARY:

Under the minimal supervision, but according to established policies and procedures, assesses, evaluates and provides for the needs of the professional staff in the areas of infectious disease and infection control practices. Identifies and investigates problems and trends as well as recommends resolutions for prevention of nosocomial infections for patients, staff and visitors. Continually analyzes and monitors practices, policies and systems as they relate to standards of the infection control programs serves as a resource person for nursing and other professional personnel.

 

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Interacts and communicates with assigned clinical areas, committees, and designated individuals to coordinate and integrate components of the infection control program.
  • Using surveillance and other data, monitors plans and implements strategies to improve patient care.
  • Makes regular rounds of patient care and treatment areas in order to observe clinical practices: uses techniques of epidemiological and infection control practices to measure infection risks of assigned areas to patients, employees and visitors.
  • Notifies physicians, Hospital Epidemiologists and other pertinent persons of patients and/or personnel exposed to infectious or communicable diseases.
  • Identifies and reports significant clinical practices that can adversely affect patient outcomes or employee safety to the appropriate infection prevention/quality/safety leadership.
  • Serves as a resource person to nursing and other professional personnel on infectious diseases and infection control related matters, identifying educational needs, techniques, etc. to improve the quality of care and reduce the risks of infection to other patients and personnel.
  • Participates in epidemiological and special investigations and research projects: investigates the application of equipment to be used in Infection Control and participates in developing techniques relative to the use of such.
  • Provides informal training, as well as formal training classes for healthcare workers: defining infectious diseases and infection control practices: demonstrating and for presenting proper aseptic and isolation procedures and reinforcing the need for continued high standards of infection control and follow-up.
  • Advances knowledge by attending workshops, lectures, seminars, and educational conferences.
  • Educates, monitors, and provides ongoing support to the Clinical Performance Managers regarding infection prevention.
  • Assumes additional responsibilities and performs other duties as assigned.

 

EDUCATION/EXEPERIENCE REQUIRED:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing or other health related field is required.
  • A minimum of 2-3 years experience in healthcare is preferred.
  • Graduate coursework in statistics clinical microbiology, epidemiology and infection control is desired. Master's Degree in Nursing, Public Health or related field is preferred.
  • Skills in group and community assessment required.
  • A professional level of knowledge of disease processes, transmission methods of infectious diseases, clinical bacteriology and knowledge of clinical care practices as they relate to the planning and implementation of nursing care plans is desired i.e. the clinical nursing process.
  • Basic computer skills including experience with Microsoft Office products (Word and Excel), using a mouse and storing and retrieving files.
  • Basic proficiency in medical terminology and a clear understanding of medical confidentiality

    Overview

       Under the leadership of President and CEO Wright L. Lassiter, III, Henry Ford Health System is a

       $6 billion integrated health system comprised of six hospitals, a health plan, and 250+ sites

       including medical centers, walk-in and urgent care clinics, pharmacy, eye care facilities and

       other healthcare retail. Established in 1915 by auto industry pioneer Henry Ford, the health system

       now has 32,000 employees and remains home to the 1,900-member Henry Ford Medical Group, one

       of the nation’s oldest physician groups. An additional 2,200 physicians are also affiliated with the

       health system through the Henry Ford Physician Network. Henry Ford is also one of the region’s  

       major academic medical centers, receiving between $90-$100 million in annual research funding and

       remaining Michigan’s fourth largest NIH-funded institution. Also an active participant in medical

       education and training, the health system has trained nearly 40% of physicians currently practicing

       in the state and also provides education and training for other health professionals including nurses,

       pharmacists, radiology and respiratory technicians. visit HenryFord.com.

     Benefits

       Whether it's offering a new medical option, helping you make healthier lifestyle choices or

       making the employee enrollment selection experience easier, it's all about choice.  Henry

       Ford Health System has a new approach for its employee benefits program - My Choice

       Rewards.  My Choice Rewards is a program as diverse as the people it serves.  There are

       dozens of options for all of our employees including compensation, benefits, work/life balance

       and learning - options that enhance your career and add value to your personal life.  As an

       employee you are provided access to Retirement Programs, an Employee Assistance Program

       (Henry Ford Enhanced), Tuition Reimbursement, Paid Time Off, Employee Health and Wellness,                 and a whole host of other benefits and services.  Employee's classified as contingent status are not         eligible for benefits.    

      Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

        Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer Henry Ford Health System is

        committed to the hiring, advancement and fair treatment of all individuals without regard to

        race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, size, height,

        weight, marital status, family status, gender identity, sexual orientation, and genetic information,

        or any other protected status in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.

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