Accountable for assisting in the development and ongoing management of Fort Hamilton Hospital's Infection Prevention and Control Program. The Infection Preventionist is responsible for: ongoing employee education regarding infection control; performance of surveillance activities; implementation of prevention and control measures in response to a suspected or known outbreaks; and specific audits that promote high quality care to all patients and reduces the risk of infection for employees and patients. Available to all departments, the Infection Preventionist serves as a resource for infection control questions and issues. The RN is accountable for his/her own professional development and practice within the scope of care defined by law. Utilizing organizational resources, the RN acts as a patient advocate for the delivery of safe care and participation in performance and practice improvement activities. The delivery of patient care at Fort Hamilton Hospital reflects the philosophies, mission, vision and values of the organization and nursing department.
Requirements, Skill, and Education:
Current Ohio RN Licensure
Certification in Infection Control through the APIC preferred, upon hire.
Must be obtained after 3 years if hired into position without the certification.
BSN or BS in applicable health field; MS desirable.
A minimum of (2) year recent infection control experience preferred in a clinical area.
Demonstrates positive interpersonal and critical analysis skills as evidenced by previous experience.
Knowledge of current health care practices as they relate to prevention of disease transmission.
Knowledge of reportable diseases and documentation for local, state, and government agency reporting.
Ability to accept responsibility, analyze problems, evaluate reports, present data, and make infection control decisions regarding patient care or employee concerns.
Ability to demonstrate initiative and good judgment in a self-directed role.
Ability to use and interpret statistical data.
Strong verbal/writing skills necessary.