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Infection Preventionist - Full Time Infection Preventionist - Pennsylvania Hospital
  • Job ID: 98036
  • Job Category: Nursing
  • Specialty Area: Infection Control
  • Primary Shift: Day
  • Work Schedule: Full time, day shift
  • Penn Medicine Entity: Pennsylvania Hospital
  • Location: Philadelphia, PA
  • Address: 800 Spruce St
  • Education Required: Bachelors Degree
  • Experience Required: Per Position Description
  • Employment Type: Full-Time Regular

Penn Medicine is dedicated to our tripartite mission of providing the highest level of care to patients, conducting innovative research, and educating future leaders in the field of medicine. Working for this leading academic medical center means collaboration with top clinical, technical and business professionals across all disciplines.

Today at Penn Medicine, someone will make a breakthrough. Someone will heal a heart, deliver hopeful news, and give comfort and reassurance. Our employees shape our future each day. Are you living your life's work?

Position Description:
Pennsylvania Hospital is currently seeking a full time Infection Preventionist. This individual will manage the delivery of an effective, institution wide Infection Control Program in collaboration with the Infection Control Committee. This includes:
• Collecting and reporting hospital acquired infection data as required by law and other regulations.
• Facilitating workgroups and implementing action plans to improve and sustain a decrease in hospital acquired infections.

The Infection Preventionist will:
1. Develop and implement a hospital wide Infection Control Program.
2. Coordinate and implement surveillance methods to monitor nosocomial infection rates in conjunction with the Infection Control Committee.
3. Collaborate with Employee Health to provide preventive health and wellness related services to employees.
4. Facilitate the establishment and review of departmental written Infection Control policies and procedures.
5. Coordinate Infection Prevention Education in collaboration with Nursing Education and Human Resources and act as a consultant to all clinical areas for Infection Control issues. (as needed)
6. Enhance personal and professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, in-services, meetings, workshops and reviewing current literature.
7. Serve on the Infection Prevention Committee and related sub-committees. Represent Infection Prevention on other hospital committees including but not limited to: Pneumonia Task Force, Employee Council as well as assigned Unit Based Clinical Leadership Teams. .
8. Interpret and implement the Infection Prevention standards of care recommended by governmental and accrediting agencies including assisting the Philadelphia Department of Health in communicable disease surveillance.
9. Use effective interpersonal skills in all interactions and perform duties and exhibit behaviors consistent with care philosophy of Pennsylvania Hospital.
10. Responsible for collecting and reporting hospital acquired infection data as required by law and other regulations.
11. Maintain and validate all data for accuracy and data base reliability.
12. Meet all reporting requirement timeframes both internal and external.
13. Facilitate collaborative teams, develop and implement action plans to improve and sustain a decrease in hospital acquired infections. This included outbreak investigations.
14. Recommends and/or initiates isolation precautions or discontinuation of such precautions in conjunction with infection Prevention Policies.
15. Evaluates as per assigned responsibility all policies and procedures regarding aseptic and sanitation techniques, cleaning policies, and cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization policies, employed in the hospital.
16. Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:
- Pennsylvania Nursing Licensure or ASCP Certification; Certification in Infection Control preferred
- RN, BSN, or Medical Technologist, MT (ASCP); 3 years experience preferred
- Bachelor's in Nursing or Medical Technology is preferred.
- Oral and written communication skills, computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and/or similar programs.

Additional Information:

We believe that the best care for our patients starts with the best care for our employees. Our employee benefits programs help our employees get healthy and stay healthy. We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits program that includes one of the finest prepaid tuition assistance programs in the region. Penn Medicine employees are actively engaged and committed to our mission. Together we will continue to make medical advances that help people live longer, healthier lives.

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