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INFECTION PREVENTION SPECIALIST

Company: Duke Health
Location: Durham
Posted on: May 23, 2020

Job Description:

Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research. Duke University Hospital has 957 inpatient beds and offers comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, including a regional emergency/trauma center; a major surgery suite containing 51 operating rooms; an endo-surgery center; an Ambulatory Surgery Center with nine operating rooms and an extensive diagnostic and interventional radiology area. In fiscal year 2018, Duke University Hospital admitted 42,916 patients and had 1,085,740 outpatient visits in fiscal year 2017. -- U.S News & World Report named Duke University Hospital #1 in North Carolina and #1 in the Raleigh-Durham area in 2018-19. -- Duke University Hospital is ranked in the top 20 nationally for seven adult specialties, including cardiology and heart surgery, nephrology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonology, rheumatology, and urology. -- In addition to its hospitals, Duke Health has an extensive, geographically dispersed network of outpatient facilities that include primary care offices, urgent care centers, multi-specialty clinics and outpatient surgery centers. -- Duke Nursing Highlights: -- Duke University Health System is designated as a Magnet-- organizationNurses from each hospital are consistently recognizedeach year as North Carolina's Great 100 Nurses. Duke University Health System was awarded the American Board of Nursing Specialties Award for Nursing Certification Advocacy for being strong advocates of specialty nursing certification. Duke University Health System has 6000 + registered nurses Quality of Life: Living in the Triangle! Relocation Assistance! --Occ SummaryThe Infection Prevention Specialist--is trained in hospital epidemiology principles and is responsible for the surveillance, analysis, interpretation and reporting of hospital acquired infections (HAI); educating employees about infection prevention; and the development of health system policies and procedures to insure rigorous infection control standards that meet JCAHO, OSHA, Centers for Medicaid/Medicare Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other nationally organized agencies recommendations and requirements.----Work Performed--Surveillance: patients. Education: employees. Apply epidemiologic principles and statistical methods, including risk stratification, to identify target population, analyze trends and risk factors, and design and evaluate prevention and control strategies. Conduct on-going surveillance using Center of Disease Control (CDC) infection criteria, documentation, and investigation ofnosocomial infections through review of admission diagnoses, microbiology culture results, isolation orders, patient records, consultation requests, post-discharge surveillance, and autopsy findings. Assess environmental control through surveillance of water supply systems as needed, air pressure relationships for high risk environmental monitoring. Conduct environmental rounds in all inpatient and outpatient care areas. Collect data on the incidence of selected device use in identified intensive careunits. Participate in investigations of unusual hospital infection outbreaks utilizing the microbiology laboratory, consultation with Infectious Disease Division, county/state public health departments, and when necessary in consultation with the Center for Disease Control. Report epidemiologically significant findings to appropriate customers. Evaluate the effectiveness of the surveillance plan and modifies as necessary. Report all in-house patients with communicable disease to the county and/or statehealth department and maintain appropriate records. Compile and interpret surveillance reports to Infection Control committee, specialty areas, and executive medical committee on a regular basis. Data: Collect data in support of epidemiological studies of specific problems or problem areas to determine the source of the problem and make appropriate recommendations. Performance Improvement: Participate in quality/performance improvement activities by assessing, monitoring, and measuring nosocomial infections and evaluating outcomes on a continuous basis. Select indicators based on the projected use of the data. Plan and participate in the budget process. Assist in the organization of regularly scheduled Hospital Infection Control meetings and dissemination of recommendations hospital-wide. Plan, organize, develop and implement educational programs for all hospital employees including administrative and ancillary services which convey specialized knowledge and skills to increase employee awareness of existence of nosocomial infections; techniques for avoidance and preventive measures to provide a safe environment for hospital employees and Exposure: Develop appropriate informational materials at appropriate level of understanding and need. Serve as aknowledgeable and available resource on infection control practices and policies to patients, families, staff, and health system Participate in continuing educational activities at the department, state, and national levels to promote personal growth and maintain a current knowledge base commensurate with latest research and scholarly knowledge. Regulatory: Maintain compliance with national standards and regulating bodies such as JCAHO, CDC, OSHA, FDA and HCFA. Develop and update isolation techniques and procedures in accordance with current standards of practice, rules and regulations. Participate in maintaining policies and procedures which provide for a program of preventive medicine for hospital personnel to include establishment of policies and procedures relating to exposure to infectious diseases and prevention of cross-contamination. Recommend and evaluate procedures or policy statements relating to infection control within Duke Hospital; maintain an updated reference manual on infectious diseases and hospital infection control as recommended by the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Hospitals. Maintain a knowledge base of current infection prevention and control information through peer networking. Internet access, published literatureand professional meetings.----Knowledge, Skills and Abilities--Must be able to safely lift up to 50 pounds. timely manner. Must display a neat, clean, professional appearance. Must understand importance of and maintain confidentiality of patient information. Exhibit an attitude, which promotes harmony and goodwill among patients, caregivers, and co-workers. Must communicates clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing. Must communicate in a Must be able to listens effectively to patient, caregivers, co-workers, and supervisor. Must participate in weekly and monthly on call schedule.----Level Characteristics--N/A----Minimum Qualifications--EDUCATION:Bachelor degree in Nursing, Microbiology, Medical Technology, Epidemiology, or Master of Public Health (MPH) Required.--EXPERIENCE:Minimum 3 years of experience in acute care hospital or similar required. One year of Infection Prevention expereince, preferred.--LICENSE/CERTIFICATIONS:RNs, - current or compact RN licensure in the state of North Carolina required.--MTs - current generalist/specialty certification by a nationally recognized board/agency required.--Must obtain CIC within 2 years of hire if not currently certified.-------- Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. -- Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values. -- Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

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