Infection Preventionist - Quality
Consults with physicians, managers, and staff for the management of infectious and/or immuno-suppressed patients. Implements an effective hospital-wide infection control program in keeping with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other regulatory agencies. Participates in the organization performance improvement program.
●Develops and maintains a system for identifying, reporting, investigating and controlling infections and communicable diseases of patients and staff.
●Develops, implements, and continually monitors the infection control policies and procedures for all departments.
●Implements a surveillance system for detecting and monitoring hospital acquired and community infections.
●Ensures compliance to regulatory requirements. Collaborates with local and state health departments in the prevention, control, and appropriate reporting of communicable diseases.
●Provides physicians and staff with updates of infection control policy changes.
●Investigates outbreaks or clusters of infections. Monitors, analyzes, and interprets bacteriology reports and infection statistics, recommends appropriate control measures to prevent dissemination of resistant microorganisms and pathogens.
●Participates in ongoing infection control educational programs for employees, including TB, HIV/Hep/Universal Precautions. May educate patients, staff, physicians, and community partners as necessary.
●Confer with medical and nursing staff to determine the appropriate implementation of Transmission -Based Precautions (isolation precautions).
●Consults with physicians, managers, and staff for the management of infectious and/or immuno-suppressed patients.
●Reviews cultures and sensitivities reported by microbiology laboratory of patients and staff to determine if infection is healthcare associated in origin
●Other duties as assigned to support the overall effectiveness of the department and organizational performance in accordance with Curry Health Network’s Mission, Vision and Shared Values.
Minimum Education and Experience:
●Must possess either of the following:
-a current unencumbered RN license is required (Oregon RN licensure preferred, but not required) combined with a BSN (strongly preferred) – OR –
-an advanced degree in Epidemiology or Public Health.
●Current APIC membership. CIC Certification within 1 year of hire.
●Current AHA Healthcare Provider BLS, ACLS Certification preferred.
●Three (3) or more years of experience in a related field.
●At least one (1) year previous experience in departmental management.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
●Ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing.
●Additional languages preferred.
●Strong written and verbal communication skills.
●Strong computer knowledge and ability, including Microsoft Suite
Curry Health Network (a dba of Curry Health District) is comprised of a hospital and several medical clinics located on the southern Oregon coast. Curry Health Network is an Oregon special health district, a form of local government and municipal corporation that has been granted 501(c)(3) status by the Internal Revenue Service, and as such, has the exemptions and rights that such status affords.
Curry General Hospital in Gold Beach, a critical access hospital and the sole hospital in Curry County, is your community hospital and Curry Medical Practice offers primary and specialty care and is located within the hospital. Curry Medical Center in Brookings offers primary, specialty and same day care services in addition to 24/7 emergency department services. Primary care services are also available at Curry Family Medical, our medical clinic which serves Port Orford. Curry Health Network is committed to providing high quality health care with service excellence, close to home.
Equal Opportunity Employer: Curry Health Network shall not discriminate against any employees or applicants for employment or financial programs on the basis of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, marital status, age, physical or mental disability, family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, or any other category protected by federal, state or local laws.
Position Type : Part Time
Shift : Day