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  • Infection Control Practitioner

    ID
    2623408
    Facility
    Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center
    Job Location
    US-TN-Knoxville
    Department Name
    INFECTION CONTROL
  • Overview

    Regional

     

    Infection Control Practitioner

     

    Full Time, 80 Hours Per Pay Period, Day Shift

     

    Position Summary: A healthcare professional with an educational background in the principles of epidemiology who is responsible for implementing, managing and evaluating all aspects of the hospital infection control program.  This position helps to prevent healthcare acquired infections (HAIs) by isolating sources of infections and limiting their spread; systematically collects, analyzes and interprets health data in order to plan, implement, evaluate and disseminate appropriate public health practices; and trains healthcare staff through instruction and dissemination of information on infection control practices. This position reports to the Vice President of Medical Affairs.

     

    Minimum Education: Requires a current RN license with BSN preferred, OR Masters in Public Health (MPH), OR certified medical technologist, OR a bachelor’s degree in microbiology or epidemiology. Must have a minimum of five years clinical experience in a hospital setting or disease surveillance experience in a public health setting.

     

    Minimum Experience: Previous experience as an infection control practitioner and/or clinical experience in a hospital setting required. 


    Preferred Experience: Association for Practitioners in Infection Control (APIC) training course or equivalent desired. Certification in Infection Control (CIC) is preferred. Computer skills, research and basic statistical is preferred

     

    Licensure Requirements: Must have current registration for professional discipline in State of Tennessee.  Certification in infection control preferred.


    Responsibilities

    • The infection control practitioner plans, develops, directs, implements and evaluates infection prevention within a hospital or health care facility. This position is supervised by the director of nursing and serves to instruct personnel in proper infection control procedure. The infection control practitioner investigates infection control problems and arranges follow-up care for patients exposed to infectious diseases.

    Duties

    • The infection control practitioner: conducts rounds, discussing and monitoring infection control practices with staff; collects infection data from departments, maintaining records for each case; trains staff on implementation of infection control practices; investigates incidents of infection and reports such incidents to the director of nursing; and ensures availability of supplies required for infection control.

    Skills

    • The infection control practitioner is a highly energetic individual with the desire to develop and implement infection control training programs. The successful candidate is one able to plan and conduct training seminars and exercises with a working knowledge f nursing practice and theory. The infection control practitioner possesses excellent written, interpersonal, time management and presentation skills with flexibility to meet a wide range of service needs.

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