Tenet Healthcare RN Infection Control Flex in Birmingham, Alabama

  • The Infection Prevention RN (IP) supports the infection control program in the hospital. The designated person will be given the authority to implement and enforce the Surveillance, Prevention and Control Program policies, support all infection prevention and control activities within the hospital and facilitate ongoing monitoring of the effectiveness of prevention and/or control activities and interventions. As such, the IP’s responsibilities will include, but are not limited to the following activities:

  • Infection prevention and control practice - Incorporates into practice effective activities that are specific to the practice setting, the population served, and the continuum of care.

  • Surveillance - Uses a systematic approach to monitor the effectiveness of prevention and control strategies that are consistent with the organization’s goals and objectives as well as meeting mandated reporting requirements for infection rates.

  • Epidemiology - Applies epidemiologic principles and statistical methods, including risk stratification and benchmarking, to identify target populations, determine risk factors, design prevention and control strategies, analyze trends, and evaluate processes.

  • Education - Serves as an educator and educational resource for healthcare providers, ancillary staff, patients, families, and the general public.

  • Consultation - Provides expert knowledge and guidance in infection prevention, control, and epidemiology.

  • Occupational health - Collaborates with occupational health in the development of strategies that address the risk of disease transmission to healthcare providers and ancillary staff.

  • Program Implementation / Communication Skills – Supports implementation of the Infection Prevention Program and systematically evaluates the effectiveness of the program appropriate to the practice setting.

  • Performance improvement - Functions as an integral part of performance improvement initiatives to promote positive patient and employee outcomes.

  • Research - Conducts; participates; evaluates; and/or applies relevant research findings to infection prevention, control, and epidemiology practice. Research includes informal epidemiologic studies, e.g., outbreak/cluster investigations, surveillance findings, and others

  • Fiscal responsibility - Practices in a fiscally responsible and accountable manner.

  • Professionalism / Professional Standards - Participates within the local association of infection control practitioners (APIC).

  • Attendance Policy

CORE JOB RESPONSIBILITIES AND SKILLS

  • Infection prevention and control practice

  • Incorporates into practice effective activities that are specific to the practice setting, the population served, and the continuum of care.

  • Suggests and contributes to surveillance activities for HAI monitoring and control as well as environmental infection control activities.

  • Involved in annual program assessments and evaluations.

  • Surveillance

  • Follows direction in implementing the departmental plan to monitor the effectiveness of prevention and control strategies that are consistent with the organization’s goals and objectives as well as meeting mandated reporting requirements for infection rates.

  • Data collection activities are appropriate to support program goals and needs.

  • Epidemiology

  • Applies epidemiologic principles and statistical methods, including risk stratification and benchmarking, to identify target populations, determine risk factors, design prevention and control strategies, analyze trends, and evaluate processes. Includes environmental infection control activities.

  • Education

  • Serves as an educator and educational resource for healthcare providers, ancillary staff, patients, families, and the general public.

  • Consultation

  • Provides expert knowledge and guidance in infection prevention, control, and epidemiology.

  • Occupational health

  • Collaborates with occupational health in the development of strategies that address the risk of disease transmission to healthcare providers and ancillary staff.

  • Acts as a resource to Occupational Health to provide counseling, follow-up, work restriction recommendations, related to communicable diseases or following exposures.

  • Assists with analysis and trending of occupational exposure incidents and informational exchange between occupational health and infection prevention departments

  • Program Implementation / Communication Skills

  • Implements planned IP program & plan; evaluates effectiveness and suggests program changes as needed.

  • Familiar with regulatory agency requirements relating to IP, including public reporting; Communicates effectively [clear, concise, logical with understanding of intended audience]

  • Effective problem solving skills: analyses the root cause of problems, recognizing patterns and trends. Makes recommendations for change. Identifies areas of performance improvement for institution, makes recommendations for improvement, participates in PI teams when appropriate. Applies research methods and evidence based interventions to resolve issues.

  • Performance improvement

  • Functions as an integral part of performance improvement initiatives to promote positive patient and employee outcomes.

  • Research

  • Active on-going learner: attends education to advance skills

  • Participates in research projects / QI improvement projects; may publish findings when feasible

  • Assists with and suggests development of plan for educating staff, visitors, and LIP's in prevention of transmission of pathogens.

  • May conduct; participate; evaluate; and/or apply relevant research findings to infection prevention, control, and epidemiology practice.

  • Research includes informal epidemiologic studies, e.g., outbreak/cluster investigations, surveillance findings, and others

  • Fiscal Responsibility

  • Participates within the local association of infection control practitioners (APIC).

  • Professionalism

  • Participates within the local association of infection control practitioners (APIC).

  • Attendance Policy

  • Minimum education, training and background for the successful candidate include:

  • Experienced healthcare professional with a health sciences background;

  • Typically a registered nurse (RN), physician, epidemiologist, or medical technologist (MT).

  • Has knowledge and experience in patient care practices, microbiology, aseptic technique, disinfection/sterilization, adult education, infectious diseases, communication, program administration, and epidemiology.

  • Baccalaureate degree preferred, or, in recognition of the current demographics of the field, IPs without a baccalaureate degree are considered compliant with entry-level educational standards as long as certification is maintained.

  • Graduate from an accredited school of nursing with a current Alabama license or eligible for Alabama license

  • Minimum of 3-5 years acute care experience in hospital setting or 2 years of Infection Control.

LICENSES / CERTIFICATIONS / REGISTRATIONS

  • Becomes certified in infection prevention and control when eligible through the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology; and maintains certification.

Required: Must be currently licensed, certified or registered to practice profession as required by law, regulation in state of practice or policy. CPR. Must have National Certification in Infection Control (CIC) or obtain within 2 years of assuming the position.

Job: Nursing

Organization: Brookwood Medical Center

Title: RN Infection Control Flex

Location: AL-Birmingham

Requisition ID: 1805006328