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Mercy Medical Center Clinton Infection Control Preventionist in Saint Joseph Mercy Health System Hospital Campus - Pontiac, Michigan

Employment Type:

Full time

Shift:

Day Shift

Description:

I Accountability Objectives:

Participates in the development, implementation, maintenance, and enhancement of the Infection Control and Prevention Program. Works to identify and reduce the risks of acquiring and transmitting infections among and between patients, staff, physicians, visitors, volunteers, students, contract workers and other members of the healthcare team.

II Position Qualifications:

Minimum Education, Licensure / Certification and Experience Required.​

A. Education

  • Graduate from a university or college with Baccalaureate degree or higher in Nursing, Medical Technology or other health care related field.

  • Microbiology and Epidemiology background preferred.

  • Expected to complete a minimum of 10 contract hours of continuing education a year.

B. Licensure / Certification

  • Currently has certification in Infection Control and Epidemiology (CIC) or will become certified within three (3) years of employment.

  • Member of a professional organization related to Infection Control and Prevention, preferred.

C Special Skill / Aptitudes

  • Excellent customer service orientation skills necessary in order to deal effectively with various levels of hospital personnel, outside customers and community groups.

  • Knowledge and experience in adult education.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills necessary to facilitate clinical improvement activities within complex medical systems.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to motivate and educate both hospital and clinical staff on Infection Prevention and Control strategies and practices.

  • Analytical ability and comprehensive knowledge base in order to analyze a variety of clinical, physical, laboratory, and nursing care information to identify problem areas and formulate systematic changes and remedial recommendations.

  • Knowledge of infection control requirements of CDC, OSHA, JCAHO, APIC recommendations and ability to interpret them in clinical setting preferred.

  • Proficient experience with Microsoft office applications.

D. Experience

  • 2-5 years experience in a hospital Infection Prevention and Control Program.

III Duties / Responsibilities:

  • Collaborates with all members of the health care team and departments in incorporating and adhering to infection control principles, practices and policies to provide a safe environment for associates and patients/families to reduce risks of hospital acquired infections.

  • Functions as a teacher, investigator, researcher, patient advocate, statistician, role model and change agent to issues surrounding Infection Control.

  • Conducts ongoing surveillance of hospital infections through daily review of laboratory and radiology reports. Identifies trends that will safeguard the prevention of outbreaks of infection through frequent, direct communication with nursing, Medical staff and other members of the health care team.

  • Compiles, analyzes and distributes surveillance results quarterly to the Infection Prevention and Control

  • Committee. Acts as the Facilitator of the Committee, under the direction of the Chair, to establish agendas, presentations and handouts for discussion and decisions.

  • Participates in Infection Prevention and Control goals and strategies for off-site Ambulatory Care Centers, Urgent Care, and clinics.

  • Collaborates with Employee Health Nurse in the identification and treatment of employees who have been or may have been exposed to infectious agents or patients. May develop and participate in educational programs for employees on appropriate precautionary measures to reduce or eliminate the incidence of hospital acquired infections.

  • Participates in a root cause analysis for any death or serious impairment related to a hospital acquired infection.

  • Develops and implements at least one activity a year aimed at preventing transmission of epidemiological significant infections between patients and staff.

  • Utilizes informational systems and technology to enhance/optimize the Infection Prevention and Control Program.

  • Takes action to control outbreaks of hospital acquired infections when they are identified. Involves and educates appropriate staff on proper isolation procedure, containment of the spread of infection and the appropriate housekeeping procedures needed to ensure stoppage of the spread of illness. Will conduct an outbreak investigation if warranted.

  • Serves to support Disaster preparedness planning and response involving infectious disease emergencies and activation of the Healthcare Incident Command System as needed.

  • Provides recommendations on the safe use and related environmental controls for chemical disinfectants, hand hygiene products, and other equipment needed for patient care.

  • Demonstrates and actively promotes an understanding and commitment to the mission of St. Joseph Mercy Oakland through performing behaviors consistent with the Trinity Health Values.

  • Maintains a working knowledge of applicable Federal, State, and Local laws and regulations, the Trinity Health Organizational Integrity Program, including the Standards of Conduct, Code of Ethics, as well as other policies and procedures in order to ensure adherence in a manner that reflects honest, ethical and professional behaviors.

  • Supports and conducts one's self in a manner consistent with customer service expectations.

  • In accordance with unit or departmental practice, determines that appropriate charges have been entered for the correct patient, encounter, date/time of service, with any required modifiers. Make corrections as needed per charge capture policy/practice.

  • In accordance with unit or departmental practice, actively participates in on-going education and communication regarding revenue management.

  • In accordance with unit or departmental practice, assists with tracking and monitoring of equipment assigned to the unit. Requests services for maintaining equipment as needed.

  • In accordance with unit or departmental practice, proficient with the electronic health records for documentation, assessment, and care management, performing these activities concurrently with provision of care throughout the shift.

Dept/Unit Specific:

  • Demonstrates exceptional ability and willingness to take on • new and additional responsibilities.

  • Embraces new ideas and cultural differences while managing competing priorities.

  • Communicates effectively, follows through on assignments, uses resources efficiently and participates in learning opportunities.

  • Delivers "something more" that ensures a more complete and personally satisfying experience for every customer.

Trinity Health's Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Trinity Health employs about 133,000 colleagues at dozens of hospitals and hundreds of health centers in 22 states. Because we serve diverse populations, our colleagues are trained to recognize the cultural beliefs, values, traditions, language preferences, and health practices of the communities that we serve and to apply that knowledge to produce positive health outcomes. We also recognize that each of us has a different way of thinking and perceiving our world and that these differences often lead to innovative solutions.

Trinity Health's dedication to diversity includes a unified workforce (through training and education, recruitment, retention and development), commitment and accountability, communication, community partnerships, and supplier diversity.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 94 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities, and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.

Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $17.6 billion and assets of $24.7 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity Health employs about 133,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians.

Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity Health is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services — ranked by number of visits — in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs. For more information, visit www.trinity-health.org at http://www.trinity-health.org/ . You can also follow @TrinityHealthMI on Twitter.

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