Infection Preventionist

Metro Health | Wyoming, MI

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Posted Date 8/14/2019

Infection Preventionist - Infection Control * Days - 40hrs/wk

Requisition #: req1446

Shift: Days

FTE status: 1

On-call: Yes

Weekends: No

General Summary:

The Infection Preventionist is responsible for collecting and monitoring surveillance data to identify Infection Prevention problems, actual or potential, conduct a root cause analysis, formulate action plans, and implement/evaluate plans of action in response to them. The Infection Preventionist also assesses the educational needs of all health personnel, patients/significant others and assists in development of educational programs related to Infection Prevention issues. Collaborative participation with other departments to maintain a safe environment is an expectation.


  1. Baccalaureate degree in Nursing, Medical Technology, Medical Microbiology, or related field.
  2. Two years of hospital experience in Infection Prevention, Nursing, Clinical Laboratory, or epidemiology.
  3. Certification as a Medical Technologist by the American Society of Pathologist (ASCP), or licensed as a Registered Nurse by the State of Michigan.
  4. Knowledge of medical microbiology, medical terminology, pharmacology, statistics, and clinical diagnosis/epidemiology of infectious disease.
  5. Certification by the Certification Board for Infection Control (CBIC) preferred.
  6. Ability to maintain involved records and to prepare accurate reports and tabulations.
  7. Ability to work independently, set priorities and organize work while maintaining flexibility.
  8. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  1. Collects and monitors surveillance data from microbiology lab, diagnostic studies, patients, members of the health care team, medical records, clinical surveys, and/or autopsy reports to identify infection prevention problems. Maintains data in Infection Prevention office either as a hardcopy or enters in database and accesses as needed.
  2. Participates in process improvement studies and utilizes research findings to advance the level of practice.
  3. Assesses the educational needs of all health care personnel, patients/significant others and develops and presents educational programs related to Infection Prevention issues.
  4. Conducts root cause analysis and implements and evaluates plans of action in response to potential/actual infection prevention problems/trends affecting patients and/or staff.
  5. Signs off and monitors all construction to ensure compliance with Infection Prevention standards.
  6. Performs Environmental Rounds to ensure compliance with Infection Prevention standards.
  7. Communicates, collaborates and acts as a consultant on infection prevention issues, working with the Infection Prevention Committee, other team members and the community to develop plans of care/goals consistent with infection prevention principles.
  8. Collaborates with all hospital departments and the infection prevention team to incorporate infection prevention principles into policies and procedures specific to each department.
  9. Documents and communicates communicable disease information to appropriate department managers, physicians, agencies, etc., and maintains records of same.
  10. Participates in hospital committees as a member and/or consultant on infection prevention issues.
  11. Maintains knowledge of current trends and developments in the field through reading, and attending related conferences, seminars, etc.
  12. Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with all levels of the health system and to deal courteously with the public, health system personnel, medical staff, and accreditations/regulatory bodies.
  13. Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Job Type
Full time

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