Sep 22, 2020

Infection Preventionist

  • Phoenix Children's Hospital
  • Phoenix, AZ, USA

Job Description

Coordinates comprehensive organization-wide infection surveillance, prevention and control program in accordance with current requirements of regulatory, government and accrediting/licensing agencies and organizational policies and procedures. Duties include surveillance for healthcare-associated infections (HAIs); collection, analysis, interpretation and reporting of surveillance data; outbreak investigation; and program evaluation. The IP collaborates with teams and individuals to create infection prevention strategies, provide feedback, and sustain infection prevention strategies. PCH Values Family-Centered care that focuses on the need of the child first and values the family as an important member of the care team Excellence in clinical care, service and communication Collaborative within our institution and with others who share our mission and goals Leadership that set the standard for pediatric health care today and innovations of the future Accountability to our patients, community and each other for providing the best in the most cost-effective way. Position Duties Program Evaluation and Development Develops plan for infection surveillance, prevention and control activities based on the facility risk assessment. Round, daily or monthly, depending on needs per Unit/Department Utilize epidemiologic principles to conduct surveillance and ability to independently initiate a risk assessment with pertinent issues identified for further improvement Evaluate and modify the surveillance plan, as necessary. Develop, interpret and assist with implementation of infection prevention and control policies and protocols. Communicate infection prevention and control information and data to various committees and healthcare workers across the organization as assigned. Comply with regulatory and mandatory reporting requirements at the local, state and federal levels. Stay current on infection prevention and control regulatory and accreditation standards and maintain compliance. Performance Improvement Utilize PI methodology as a means of enacting change. Define the scope of the project and select appropriate PI tools to aid in efficiency, reliability, effectiveness and ensure sustainability of the initiative. Ensure that customer needs and expectations are considered in the development of and continuous improvement of processes, products, and services. Monitor and analyze process and outcome measures to evaluate the effectiveness and sustainability. Participate in PI committees, teams and initiatives as indicated. Identify barriers for implementation and develop strategies to minimize or remove barriers. Implement strategies to sustain efforts such as audit tools and meaningful feedback. Professional Development Accountable to pursue professional growth and development of required knowledge and skills. Participate in an infection prevention and control professional organization/association (i.e.: APIC, CHA). Create educational goals, objectives, and strategies using learning principles and available educational tools and technology. Evaluate the effectiveness of educational programs and learner outcomes. Performs miscellaneous job related duties as requested.