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Infection Preventionist

Req #:  182226
Facility:  Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Department:  Quality/Safety/Risk
City:  Chicago/Lincoln Park
Posting Budget Status:  Day
Shift Type:  Full Time - Permanent
Posting FTE:  1

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, located on Chicago’s North Side, is one of the state’s largest, most comprehensive nonprofit medical centers. Illinois Masonic Medical Center offers a wide range of medical specialties and is nationally recognized for its medical expertise, use of the most innovative technologies and dedication to patient safety, quality and service.  A commitment to community, medical education and ongoing clinical research affirms our mission of providing patients the highest quality care in Chicagoland, as illustrated by our many honors, including being named a 100 Top Hospital by Truven Health Analytics.

Purpose:
The Infection Preventionist (IP) leads and implements the system Infection Prevention Program at their respective site. This position is highly visible within the Advocate~Aurora hospital site and across the ambulatory/outpatient continuum, in which the primary goal is to support the Infection Prevention vision, to prevent pathways to infection and proactively manage infection risk across the care continuum.

Accountabilities:

  • Works collaboratively with MS Director and AAH Surveillance team members to develop a site Infection Prevention Plan using a risk~based approach to prevention and transmission of infections. Collaborates between the hospital based and ambulatory/outpatient infection prevention teams on issues related to infection prevention and surveillance. Shares resources as appropriate.
  • Serves as a consultant to physicians, associates, patients, families and the community on issues regarding infection prevention and best practice principles for all levels of personnel, patient and visitor to provide pathways to prevent infections in the health care environment. Works collaboratively with nursing team to identify opportunities from an evidenced based perspective with new infection prevention products. Contributes to product innovation and evaluation.
  • Effectively manages the sites in collaboration with departments/physicians transmission based isolation program. Identify strategies to improve health outcomes as it relates to preventing hospital acquired infections or transmission of infections. Participates in the completion of an annual site risk assessment for Infection Prevention, including identification of measurable goals. Performs annual TB risk assessments to accurately determine prevention control strategies to reduce the risk for TB acquisition or transmission among patients or health care workers.
  • Demonstrates high visibility and accessibility

 

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Health Science, or Bachelor's Degree in Allied Health, or Bachelor's Degree in Nursing or related field.
  • Typically requires 5 years of experience in infection control, nursing and/or medical technology including experience with patient care practices, microbiology, asepsis, disinfection/sterilization, adult education, infectious diseases, program administration and epidemiology.
  • Demonstrated self~directed, results~oriented and creative approach to organizational change.
  • Exceptional communication skills sufficient to interact with key stakeholders.
  • Demonstrates results in their ability to lead others through influence.
  • Candidate must be able to perform various physical tasks with a high degree of proficiency, such as articulating, hearing, viewing, and walking throughout the hospital.
  • Able to handle managing multiple priorities, and the ability to change course when unanticipated events arise.
  • Infection Control (CIC) certification issued by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CBIC) or obtained within 2 years. Exposed to a normal office environment.
  • Must be able to sit, stand, and walk throughout the workday.
  • Must be able to lift up to 10 lbs. occasionally.
  • May be exposed to chemical and hazardous waste as well as blood and body fluids and communicable disease. Therefore, protective clothing and equipment must be worn as necessary.
  • Must have functional vision, speech, and hearing.
  • Position requires travel, may be exposed to road and weather hazards.
  • Operates all equipment necessary to perform the job.
  • This job description indicates the general nature and level of work expected of the incumbent. It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities required of the incumbent. Incumbent may be required to perform other related duties.

About Advocate Health Care

 

Advocate Health Care, named among the nation’s Top 5 large health systems based on quality by Truven Analytics, is the largest health system in Illinois and one of the largest health care providers in the Midwest. Advocate operates more than 250 sites of care, including 12 hospitals that encompass 11 acute care hospitals, the state’s largest integrated children’s network, the state’s largest emergency and Level I trauma network, one of the area’s largest home health care companies, and the region’s largest medical group. Advocate Health Care has 4 teaching hospitals and is a not-for-profit, mission-based health system affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ.