The University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health is seeking a Nurse Coordinator. The Nurse Coordinator will help carry out activities that improve our understanding of and efforts to reduce the incidence of healthcare associated infections and antibiotic resistance (HAI/AR) across the entire health care spectrum, including in acute care hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, dialysis centers, and outpatient and ambulatory centers. The position will focus on a variety of issues, including (but not limited to) Clostridium difficile infections, carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae , and emerging drug-resistant pathogens such as Candida auris . The individual in this position will work closely with internal Maryland Department of Health (MDH) partners, Maryland's 24 local health departments, healthcare facilities and communities, other state agencies, and federal partners.
These positions are located at the State Office Building on 201 W. Preston Street.
This is a contractual position and offers a generous benefits package that includes 10 vacation days, 11 personal and holidays, 5 sick days; comprehensive health insurance and supplemental retirement options; and limited tuition remission for employees enrolled at UMB.
Trains and evaluates nurses and infection prevention practices at Maryland healthcare facilities.
Expand interventions and activities designed to reduce HAI/AR (e.g. antibiotic stewardship programs, HAI prevention bundles) from acute care facilities to other healthcare settings, such as long-term care facilities and outpatient clinics.
Promote the use of tools developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), DHMH, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) for the prevention of HAIs.
Advise healthcare facilities on enrolling in and reporting data to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).
Communicate findings derived from NHSN and other HAI/AR surveillance data back to healthcare facilities, local health departments, and other important stakeholders.
Perform data validation on NHSN and other HAI/AR-related surveillance data reported to MDH, e.g. by reviewing patient charts.
Develop educational materials to keep healthcare facilities apprised of ongoing MDH and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) HAI/AR activities.
Develop and implement surveys or needs assessments of healthcare facilities to better understand gaps in knowledge, attitudes, and practices with regard to HAI/AR.
Provide consultation to local health departments, institutions, other health care facilities and public and private agencies concerning program implementation and operation.
Guide healthcare facilities, particularly long-term care facilities, and local health departments, on the investigation of outbreaks of HAIs.
Present findings to various audiences (e.g. lay audiences, epidemiology and program staff, leadership staff, external partners and stakeholders) at meetings and conferences
Develop reports, factsheets, grant applications, budgets.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Education : Bachelor's degree in Nursing required. A Master's degree in a public health field, such as epidemiology, health policy, health education, or health planning is preferred.
Experience : Five years of experience as a registered nurse.
Preferred: Applicants with knowledge of and experience addressing HAIs, prior clinical experience working in or consulting in long-term care facilities, as is experience with quality improvement/patient safety or infection prevention initiatives.
Licensure : Must be licensed as a registered nurse (RN) in the state of Maryland.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Ability to follow data security and confidentiality guidelines is required.
Excellent skills with Microsoft Office products (including Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint) are required.
Ability to communicate scientific and technical ideas both verbally and in writing to a lay audience and an audience of healthcare professionals; writing samples may be requested.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Hiring Range: Commensurate with education and experience.
If accommodations are needed, contact Staffing & Career Services at 410-706-2606, Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm EST. Maryland Relay can be accessed by dialing 711 (in-state) or 1-800-735-2258.
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Job: Reg or CII Non-Exempt Staff - E2301F
Employee Class Exempt Contingent II
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Shift: Day Job
Organization: Epidemiology & Public Health
Job Posting: Mar 26, 2018
Unposting Date: Apr 26, 2018, 3:59:00 AM
Internal Number: 83881
About University of Maryland, Baltimore
The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is the State's public health, law and human services university devoted to excellence in professional and graduate education, research, patient care, and public service. As a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and using state-of-the-art technological support, we educate leaders in health care delivery, biomedical science, global health, social work and the law. We emphasize interdisciplinary education and research in an atmosphere that explicitly values civility, diversity, collaboration, teamwork and accountability. By conducting internationally recognized research to cure disease and to improve the health, social functioning and just treatment of the people we serve, we foster economic development in the City, State, and nation. We are committed to ensuring that the knowledge we generate provides maximum benefit to society and directly enhances our various communities.