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Position Details

Department: CORP | Infection Prevention
Category: Nursing
Location: Phoenix
Posting #: 741138
Date Posted: 4/10/2023
Employee Type: Regular

Position Summary

Novice Infection Preventionists (IP) coordinates learning and on-going competency with the 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 learning surveillance for healthcare-associated infections (HAIs); collection, analysis, interpretation and reporting of surveillance data; outbreak investigation; and program evaluation.

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Performs miscellaneous job related duties as requested.

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Position Qualifications

Please review the following qualifications and specify whether you meet each of the requirements listed.
Do you meet this requirement?
1. Baccalaureate degree in nursing, public health, epidemiology, clinical laboratory science, medical technology or related field. Required
2. Masters degree in nursing, public health, epidemiology, clinical laboratory science, medical technology or related field. Preferred
Do you meet this requirement?
1. Previous experience as a infection preventionist in an acute care facility within last 3-5 years Preferred
2. Recent acute care or pediatric experience within 3-5 years Preferred
Do you meet this requirement?
1. Certification in Infection Control and Epidemiology (i.e.: CIC preferred) or, attainment within 3 years after employment Preferred
Do you meet this requirement?
Special Skills
1. Proficiency and strength in analytical skills, problem solving with strong oral and written communication skills and collaboration inter and intra departmentally. Required
2. Displays the ability to implement evidence-based guidelines, and deal with conflict and management of change. Required
3. Self motivated, autonomous, detail oriented and organized approach to daily and routine work. Preferred
4. Expertise in data collection and analysis, report writing, and data presentation to staff , management and leadership Preferred
5. Familiar with software technologies, excel and other office products to support presentations, data analysis and reporting. Required
6. Knowledge and experience in areas of patient care practices, microbiology, disinfection, sterilization, infectious diseases. Preferred
Physical Requirements & Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential
1. Physical Requirement - Climbing Occasionally
2. Physical Requirement - Feeling (sensing textures and temperatures) Frequently
3. Physical Requirement - Fine Motor Skills (pinching, gripping, etc) Constantly
4. Physical Requirement - Hearing Constantly
5. Physical Requirement - Pushing/pulling Occasionally
6. Physical Requirement - Reaching Occasionally
7. Physical Requirement - Sitting Frequently
8. Physical Requirement - Standing Frequently
9. Physical Requirement - Stooping/crouching/kneeling/crawling Occasionally
10. Physical Requirement - Talking Constantly
11. Physical Requirement - Tasting/smelling Constantly
12. Physical Requirement - Walking Constantly
13. Physical Requirement - Near Vision Constantly
14. Physical Requirement - Far Vision Constantly
15. Physical Requirement - Color Discrimination Constantly
16. Physical Requirement - Use of keyboard, mouse and/or computer equipment Constantly
17. Physical Requirement - Lift up to 35 pounds without assistance Occasionally
18. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Inside office environment Applicable
19. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Confined areas Applicable
20. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Airborne communicable diseases Applicable
21. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Bloodborne pathogens or bodily fluid Applicable
22. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Fumes or airborne particles Applicable
23. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Hazardous materials exposure Applicable
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