Infection Preventionist, Epidemiology Dept, Dillon
- Incorporates into practice effective infection prevention activities that are specific to the practice setting, the population served, and the continuum of care. Practices in a fiscally responsible and accountable manner.
- Identifies the infectious disease process through the interpretation of diagnostic and laboratory reports, identification of appropriate practices for specimen collection, correlation of clinical signs and symptoms of infectious diseases, differentiation between colonization, infection, and contamination, and differentiation between prophylactic, empiric and therapeutic uses of antimicrobials.
- Applies epidemiologic principles to conduct surveillance through basic case finding methods and application of standardized definitions for the identification and classification of events, indicators, or outcomes as outlined by NHSN.
- Applies basic statistical techniques to describe the data, calculate risk-adjusted rates, and benchmark against acceptable standards.
- Utilizes data to identify the need for change and proposes basic intervention/improvement projects.
- Reports epidemiologically significant findings to appropriate stakeholders within the McLeod Health sites.
- Conducts literature reviews, learning to critically appraise the literature and facilitate incorporation of applicable research findings into practice.
- Assists in the development of evidence-based policies and procedures. Assists with outbreak investigations.
- Applies adult education principles to assist in designing and presenting educational programs.
- Assesses educational needs of employees, providers, the community, patients, and families, and employs appropriate learning opportunities.
- Serves as prn educator for the following areas: a) New employee orientation; b) Instructor for BLS, ACLS, PALS; c) Quality initiatives for IP, CE, Survey Readiness as directed by senior leadership
- Ensures a safe and clean environment of care including continuous evaluation and monitoring of environmental cleaning and disinfection practices and selection and evaluation of new products.
- Assesses and mitigates infection risks of design, construction, and renovation projects that impact patient care settings.
- Integrates pertinent regulatory requirements into practice. Serves on committees as appropriate.
- Follows federal and state requirements for communicable disease reporting.
- Utilizes basic information technology and systems applications necessary to perform responsibilities.
Education / Qualification
- 3-5 years clinical nursing experience.
- Associate Degree in Nursing. Bachelor’s prepared in healthcare related field within 3 years of hire
- Certification in Infection Control and Epidemiology required by the 5th year of employment
- Able to apply logical thinking in an analytical manner.
- Excellent communication skills; ability to interact with diverse groups, fostering collaboration and collegiality.
- Excellent presentation skills
- Skilled to provide guidance, advice and assistance in problem resolution to render win/win outcomes for safe patient outcomes.
- Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office Products.
- Full-time, 80 hours bi-weekly
Dillon, SC, United States