Northwell Health Infection Preventionist in Great Neck, New York

Req Number 001WKZ

Job Category Quality Management

Job Description

Oversees and participates in Infection Control activities and standards outlined by policies for facilities within the NORTHWELL HEALTH. Attends committee meetings, reviews laboratory data for case finding and monitors isolation practices. Participates in orientation and education of staff. Collaborates in medical research and research relevant to improve outcomes related to infection control in patients, visitors, and personnel.

Responsibilities Include:

  1. Ensures high quality patient care. Attempts to reduce infectious risks to patients, visitors, and personnel through routine patient surveillance. Instructs employees concerning pertinent facts of Infection Control. Ascertains the need for monitoring programs in any given area. Institutes and maintains programs to identify and eliminate infectious hazards in the environment.

  2. Participates with the Infection Control Committee in developing and implementing the appropriate management of situations which may be of an infectious or communicable nature. Identifies, compiles and reports infection surveillance data on patients and personnel to the committee. Assess precautions on in-patients and reports information on patients placed on isolation/precautions to the committee on a monthly basis. Informs Infection Control Committee members of specific infections in their area. Maintains close communication with all disciplines to assure distribution of pertinent information. Provides information to committee members about exposures to communicable diseases and outlines measures that prevent transmission. Works collaboratively with the Infection Control Committee and other Infection Control personnel in the investigation of infection clusters and/or trends. Develops programs and works collaboratively with Committee members to reduce nosocomial infections through education and practice observations. Assists with preparing agenda, compiles data and outlines surveillance data on patients and personnel for discussion at the Committee meeting. Informs departments about nosocomial infections in their areas and informs the Infection Control Committee and respective Committees.

  3. Monitors patient care activities to identify methods, techniques, equipment, supplies or new products that may constitute a risk for originating or transmitting infection. Collaborates with all disciplines/departments to incorporate infection control principles in policies and procedures throughout the facility. Assures reporting of appropriate Infectious Diseases to the County Health Department and maintains working relationship with the County/City Health Officer. Conducts investigations on employees and/or patients to identify possible sources of infection. Assesses the facility's standard for sterilization and disinfection methods. Makes periodic rounds of all Nursing Units for the purpose of case finding and monitoring precaution practices. Maintains accurate records and data pertinent to environmental and patient surveillance monitoring programs. Assists with reviewing and revision of policies and procedures related to infection control within three years and when necessary.

  4. Develops and participates in orientation, in-service and educational programs for the prevention and control of infection for all health care personnel, patients and community needs. Participates in employee orientation, yearly mandated topics and problem orientated educational sessions in patient care areas. Provides on-going in-service education throughout the facility. Collaborates with appropriate representatives of other disciplines and agencies to provide coordinated services to patients for the overall improvement of patient care. Develops education programs to increase awareness of infection control principles and practices. Extends services and knowledge beyond the walls of the institution; reaches out into the community and serves as Consultant in the area of Infection Control for other hospitals.

  5. Performs related duties, as required.

Qualifications

• Bachelor Degree in Micro-Biology, Medical Technology or related field, required.

• Certification in Infection Control by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CBIC), preferred.

• Minimum of five (5) years experience in clinical, laboratory, or related field. Knowledge of health care and/or clinical microbiology, preferred.

• Maintains current knowledge of clinical infection control including surveillance and prevention; trends; government laws and regulations; and related clinical practice and techniques.