RN Infection Preventionist

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Position

Req #: 9943
Category: NURSING/LVN (INPATIENT, OUTPATIENT, SPECIALTY)
Division: Nursing Services
Employment Type: Full Time
Shift:
Hours:
Compensation Type: Hourly
Facility: JPOC 1400
Location: 1400 S. Main Street, Fort Worth, TX

Description

Description: The Infection Preventionist RN reports to and assists the Director of Infection Control and Prevention, who partners with the Chief Nursing Officer, the Infectious Disease Physician, Medical Director for Antimicrobial Stewardship and other stakeholders to develop a system of care that promotes sound and scientific infection prevention principles and practices. This role assists with development, planning, implementation, and evaluation of continuous survey readiness and Infection Control Improvement strategies in order to reduce the number of Health Care Associated Infections (HAIs) that contribute to unintended adverse patient outcomes. Typical Duties:

  1. Partners with the Medical Director for Epidemiology/Infectious Disease to develop, implement and evaluate annual infection prevention risk assessment, goals and action plan to establish a robust Infection Prevention and Control program to meet the needs of a District-wide system.
  2. Designs and deploys an Infection Control and Prevention Educational curriculum for the organization that supports evidenced based practices through Innovative Instructional methods.
  3. Supports a culture of Infection control and Prevention by utilizing key external evidence based tools and standards to design clinical and operational Infection Prevention and Control activities.
  4. Serves as a senior expert resource within the organization regarding Infection Prevention and Control and regulatory approaches, best practices and Policies.
  5. Facilitates the development of improved systems for tracking, evaluating and communicating patterns of care and clinical outcomes to improve Infection Prevention and Control Practices.
  6. Works with leadership to implement programs designed to maximize Infection Prevention and Control performance and evaluation as established by CDC, JC, IHI, IOM and HHS by using Quality Improvement tools like FADE QI model, PDSA QI model, Six Sigma, Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), Total Quality Management (TQM) and Root Cause Analysis (RCA).
  7. Facilitates interdisciplinary and cross-departmental process improvement and reengineering initiatives using appropriate Infection Prevention and Control tools, methods, and change strategies.
  8. Participates in managing HAI incidents and follow up actions to ensure implementation of system changes.
  9. Responsible for identification of infectious disease processes that could potentially cause harm to patients, employees and the community.
  10. Responsible to collect, process, and analyze surveillance data to ensure that appropriate measures are taken to decrease Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI).
  11. Responsible for reporting communicable diseases to the Tarrant County and Texas State as required by law. Responsible for Reporting Texas State mandated reportable HAIs to National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).
  12. Maintains current knowledge of federal, state and local regulations and ensures that the facility leaders are informed of appropriate issues. Understands and complies with Infection Prevention and Control, Patient Safety and OSHA procedures and regulations.
  13. Responsible to complete Environment of Care rounds to all areas of JPS biannually to evaluate organizational compliance, need for improvement or education to sustain regulatory preparedness.
  14. Performs other job related duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Qualifications:

    Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from an accredited School of Nursing.
  • OR

  • 10 years of quality experience in lieu of the Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing
  • 2 years in infection prevention and control and /or performance improvement work experience.
  • 5 plus years of patient care and/or leadership experience in an acute care hospital setting or enterprise-wide Health system.
  • Required Licensure/Certification/Specialized Training:

  • Current RN licensure by the State of Texas or license reciprocity proof between the State of Texas and another State.
  • Completion of unit specific competency based orientation program within 90 days.
  • Infection Control certification through the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC) within 3 years of employment.
  • Completion of Basic Training Course in Infection Control from APIC, CDC, SHEA or SPICE within 90 days of hire date.
  • Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Master’s Degree in Nursing from an accredited School of Nursing or Public Health.
  • Preferred Licensure/Certification/Specialized Training:

  • Formal training in Infection Control and Prevention through APIC or SPICE.

About

JPS Health Network is a $950 million, tax-supported health care system for Tarrant County in North Texas. Licensed for 578 beds, the network includes an acute care hospital and more than 40 community-based clinics, including 19 school-based clinics. John Peter Smith Hospital is home to Tarrant County’s first and only Level 1 Trauma Center, its only psychiatric emergency services site and has the largest hospital-based family medicine residency program in the nation. Our network employs more than 6,500 people.

Acclaim is our multispecialty medical practice group. Acclaim has over 300 providers serving the JPS Health Network in specialties ranging from primary care to general surgery and trauma. The Acclaim group has been formed around a common set of incentives and expectations supporting the operational, financial and clinical performance
outcomes of the network. Our goal is to provide high quality, compassionate clinical care for every patient, every time.

For more information, visit www.jpshealthnet.org .
To view all job vacancies, visit www.jobs.jpshealthnet.org/ or www.teamacclaim.org .
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