With a tradition of caring that began nearly 135 years ago, St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo, CO, is home to the nationally recognized Dorcy Cancer Center, a dedicated Joint Replacement Center, a nationally accredited Breast Center of Excellence (NAPBC) and the only hospital in Pueblo with da Vinci robotic surgical technology. St. Mary-Corwin provides a full range of medical specialties and health care services to Pueblo and the surrounding region. This hospital has long been known for providing exceptional service and leading-edge treatments and technologies by experienced and compassionate professionals with a commitment to uphold the highest standards of care. Our areas of specialty include trauma and emergency services, The Birth Place, stroke, cardiology, da Vinci minimally-invasive surgery, cancer and oncology, diabetes care/education, sports medicine and more. Residents of Pueblo enjoy a moderate cost of living within this modern, mid-sized community while experiencing everything great about life in Colorado including world-class nearby outdoor recreation, thriving local arts and culture, numerous parks, festivals and much more. Learn more about our hospital and life in Southern Colorado by visiting http://www.stmarycorwin.org/.
*Please note: this position will serve both St. Mary Corwin and St. Thomas More in Canon City, CO.*
Responsible for implementing the facility-wide infection prevention and control program. This role will direct others within the entity towards process improvements that support the reduction of healthcare acquired infections. Participates in activities of the Infection Prevention and Control Committee, educates other practitioners on the system -based causes for infections, consults with management and staff, and implements evidence-based programs that support effective infection prevention and control strategies.
Minimum Education Requirements
Bachelor's degree or equivalent education or experience.
Degree in Nursing or other clinical related field, preferred
MSN, MPH or other related Master's degree, preferred
Minimum Experience Requirements
Three (3) years of clinical or related experience
Knowledge in epidemiological principles, infectious diseases, and sterilization, sanitation and disinfection practices.
Knowledge in adult education principles and patient care practices.
Experience using databases and spreadsheets
Strong communication skills and ability to facilitate teams
Current Certification in Infection Control (CIC), preferred.
Must obtain within six months of eligibility as defined by the Certified Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CBIC)
Job Responsibilities (essential functions identified with a * )
Participates in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the Infection Prevention program.*
Facilitates initiatives to reduce and prevent healthcare-acquired and community-acquired infections. *
Provides input regarding infection prevention and control policies and procedures. Implements changes and educates staff. *
Adheres to, maintains, and complies with regulatory requirements including Joint Commission, CDC, OSHA, FDA, EAP, CMS, CDPHE, etc.
Participates in the implementation of the entity wide infection prevention /surveillance program, which may include outpatient facilities or entities. *
Participates in an ongoing assessment to identify the risks for the acquisition and transmission of infectious agents. This includes assessment of the patient population, the organizations infection prevention and control data and the care, as well as treatment and services provided. *
Assists in the follow-up of potential exposures to staff, patients and visitors, when necessary. Monitors epidemiological significant issues among employees (in conjunction with occupational health) and patient population in comparison to the community with a concern to entity or facility preparedness. *
Identifies, reports, and investigates infections/communicable diseases occurrences and maintains a database of infections and communicable diseases. *
Oversees and consults on cleaning, low and high level disinfection and sterilization processes throughout the facility. Assures that there are preventive, surveillance, and control procedures relating to sterilization, disinfection, and cleaning practices in all departments. *
Report to the appropriate committees such as surgical medical staff when period checks are done, what was done and what was found. *
Prior to remodeling or construction, will provide an infection control risk assessment (ICRA) and ongoing surveillance of project. *
Provides periodic review of the monitoring and maintenance of the water system done by Facilities with this review being reported to Environment of Care Committee (EOC) or other committees when appropriate. *
Uses an epidemiological approach to perform surveillance for endemic and epidemic infection control related concerns, including the detection, evaluation and tracking of infections that are healthcare associated. Prepares reports and coordinates follow-up. *
Maintains professional certification or obtains within six months of eligibility as defined by the Certified Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CBIC). *
Continue to obtain knowledge of current epidemiology and infectious diseases, surveillance strategies, and prevention and control initiatives. *
Remain current with the latest information and guidelines from agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) or Certified Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CBIC). *
Disseminates pertinent information to clinical departments and medical staff in timely fashion. May provide education for new employees by attending and presenting at new hire orientation. Assists with providing infection prevention education to all employees on ongoing basis. *
Provides patient education as needed and evaluates patient educational materials and content as appropriate. *
Serves as an infection prevention resource to the community as requested and as available. *
Assist with gathering information and presents written reports with statistical data, trends, outcome measurements and QA effectiveness to appropriate committee or personnel. *
Maintains logs of infections and communicable diseases. Compiles statistical information on healthcare associated infections, such as targeted surgical site infections, central line associated infections, and ventilator associated pneumonia when appropriate to the entity. *
Reports "reportable" diseases to health department and other committees as appropriate. *
Participates in the annual Infection Prevention assessment, including healthcare-acquired infection statistics, to all appropriate committees including the Medical Staff Committees. *
Reports and tracks stats to include comparing to county and state statistics, when appropriate to the entity. *
Completes an annual risk assessment for TB and reports findings to the appropriate committees per OSHA guideline. *
Participates in the annual review of the infection prevention program. *
Sedentary work -(prolonged periods of sitting and exert up to 10lbs force occasionally)
Important notification to applicants as of Nov. 20, 2014: Effective Jan. 1, 2015, Centura Health will no longer hire tobacco users in Colorado and Kansas. The change to our policy does not apply to associates hired on or before Dec. 31, 2014. Centura Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/D/V.
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