Tufts Medical Center Infection Control Practitioner in Boston, Massachusetts
Infection Control Practitioner
Department: Quality and Patient Safety
Schedule: Full-Time Regular
Shift: Day shift
Hours: M-F 7-4:30
Master's degree is required
Reports to the Executive Director of Quality and Patient Safety and is responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring a system-wide infection prevention program which includes the surveillance of health care associated and community acquired infections in patients and employees and the prevention and control of healthcare associated infections. Functions as a resource to medical center personnel to solve infection control problems.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
Recognizes outbreaks of healthcare associated infections through reviewing cultures, medical records, attending laboratory rounds, consulting with nursing and medical staff, and so forth. Performs necessary epidemiological investigation, makes recommendations for improvement, and works with relevant departments and staff to implement and monitor improvements.
Investigates patients, visitor and employee exposure to infectious diseases and follows-up with appropriate infection control procedures.
Drawing from published guidelines, standards, and research, develops comprehensive infection control policies and procedures for the medical center and/or all departments.
Develops orientation and training for medical center staff, licensed independent practitioners, students/trainees, and volunteers and as appropriate to visitors, patients and families. .
Provides infection prevention training as requested by departments and as indicated by process and/or outcome data.
Assists in monitoring compliance of staff to infection control procedures. Develops and conducts audits of infection control practices as indicated by poor outcomes and/or as part of outbreak investigation.
Acts as a resource and consultant to employees, medical and nursing staff, Employee Health and various other Hospital departments regarding infection control problems and policies.
Evaluates infection control aspects of patient care products, equipment, and supplies.
Assists in the development and implementation of a system -wide Hazardous Infectious Waste Control Program.
Actively participates on the Infection Control Committee.
Actively participates in JC preparedness and ongoing JC readiness of the organization
Coordinates reporting of communicable diseases to appropriate local and state health departments and agencies.
Actively participates in the Emergency Preparedness Committee.
Actively keeps current with evolving field of infection prevention through networking opportunities and publications.
May perform other job related duties as requested or required.
JOB KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
A Bachelor's Degree in nursing, public health, epidemiology or a related field is required. Formal training in epidemiology/infection prevention desirable. Masters degree in Epidemiology/Public Health/Patient Safety or related field preferred.
Experience performing surveillance for health care associated infections including some experience with the use of infection control software or other databases. Familiarity with NHSN protocols preferred.
Experience in the development and implementation of infection control policies and procedures.
Analytical abilities needed to ascertain infection levels, identify problem areas and formulate remedial recommendations.
Must possess interpersonal skills sufficient to develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with physicians, nurses, and a variety of medical center personnel, and to provide formal instruction.
Certification in Infection Control when eligible.