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Ambulatory Infec Prevntnst RN- Infection Control

Job ID: 133254
Nursing
FT
Philadelphia, PA, United States
May 5, 2022

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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?

This Infection Preventionist will conduct surveillance and environment of care activities for identification and prevention of infections and complications related to ambulatory visits and surgical procedures.

The ideal candidate will have a strong background in Instrument Processing as it relates to high level disinfection and sterilization in a variety of ambulatory settings as well as construction related activities for ambulatory facilities. Familiarity with Theradoc and NHSN applications for identifying and reporting HAI’s is also preferred.

In this role, you will educate staff in the identification and prevention of infections and all aspects of high level disinfection and sterilization practices. Additionally, you will facilitate infection prevention practices with patients and families while collaborating with Occupation Health Services in safe practices for employees relating to exposure work-ups.

  • Conduct surveillance and environment of care activities for identification and prevention of infections and complications related to ambulatory visits and surgical procedures. The Ambulatory Infection Preventionist will be responsible for these activities over the existing network of ambulatory practices across Penn Medicine. In addition, this role will expand responsibilities to include assessment/action planning for the opening or acquisition of new practice sites across a wide geographic region.

Responsibilities:

  • Provider Engagement, Leadership and Advocacy:
  • Development of Risk Assessment for each practice location to include: initial process completed when the practice joins Penn Medicine and annually thereafter to account for changes in scope of service:
  • Patient Population
  • Scope of Services Provided
  • Procedures Performed
  • On Site High Level Disinfection and or Sterilization Practices
  • Care Providers
  • Makes recommendations regarding specific equipment, personnel and resources for Infection Prevention within the practice settings.
  • Makes recommendations for changes in practice based on evidence based practice guidelines (CDC, AIMEE, AORN, APIC, HIPAC, FIG) clinical outcomes and financial implications.
  • Surveillance of Infections:
  • Review laboratory data and make recommendations to providers based on probability of communicability, mode of transmission as well as potential for notification of patients and staff.
  • Serves as a bridge to the discharging facility as appropriate for reporting of infections back to the location of origin.
  • Environment of Care:
  • Identification of environmental infection control hazards and implementation of corrective actions to include environmental microbiological monitoring when applicable.
  • Assessment of appropriate storage of equipment and medications.
  • Preventing and Controlling of Infections:
  • Develop and review infection prevention and control policies and procedures.
  • Collaborates with public health agencies in planning community response to infectious agents.
  • Identify and Implement infection prevention and control strategies related to the following:
  • Hand Hygiene
  • Expertise in all aspects of Cleaning Disinfection and Sterilization
  • Infection risks associated with care setting
  • Infection risk associated with therapeutic procedures and diagnostic procedures and devices
  • Develop recall process for potentially contaminated equipment and supplies
  • Use of patient care products and medical equipment
  • Immunization Programs for patients and staff
  • Identification and Separation of patients with Multidrug Resistant Organisms
  • Construction and Facilities:
  • Review all facilities prior to on boarding them for correct work flow for scope of service.
  • Consultant for all practice related construction and renovation projects.
  • Employee/Occupational Health:
  • Reviews and assists with appropriate screening and immunization programs.
  • Provides counseling, follow-up, work restrictions and recommendations related to communicable diseases or following exposures in collaboration with Occupational Health and Hospital Epidemiologist.
  • Assists with analysis and trending of occupational exposure incidents and information exchange
  • Assess the risk of occupational exposure to Infectious Disease.
  • Communication and Feedback:
  • Provide infection prevention and control findings, recommendations, annual reports, policies and procedures to appropriate entity leadership and Infection Control Committees.
  • Communicates with internal and external customers.
  • Collaborate with risk management/quality management in the identification and review of adverse and sentinel events.
  • Evaluates accreditation and regulatory issues to facilitate compliance.
  • Quality/Performance Improvement and Patient Safety:
  • Participates in quality/performance improvement and patient safety activities related to infection prevention and control.
  • Audits to ensure compliance with standards
  • Education:
  • Assess needs, develop goals and measurable objectives, prepares appropriate educational sessions (inclusive of set-up, webinars, and on-site practice inservices).
  • Evaluation effectiveness of education and learner outcomes.
  • Assist in development of educational materials for patients and families related to infection prevention and control.

Credentials:

  • Cert in Infection Control (Required)
  • Nurse: current licensure by PA State Board of Nursing And New Jersey State Board Technologist/Microbiologist: Certification in Infection Control through the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology required within 2 years of hire required.
  • Registered Nurse - PA (Required)
  • Nurse: current licensure by PA State Board of Nursing And New Jersey State Board Technologist/Microbiologist: Certification in Infection Control through the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology required within 2 years of hire required.
  • Registered Nurse - NJ (Required)
  • Nurse: current licensure by PA State Board of Nursing And New Jersey State Board Technologist/Microbiologist: Certification in Infection Control through the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology required within 2 years of hire required

MACHINES, TOOLS, EQUIPMENT OPERATED:
- Personal computer and appropriate databases, Theradoc, NHSN, and advanced knowledge of all Microsoft applications.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING:

Nurse: Graduation from an accredited School of Nursing and current licensure by Pa. State Board of Nursing is required; B.S. in Nursing is preferred. Additional training in infection prevention and basic statistics is preferred.

Technologist/Microbiologist: B.S. required along with certification. Training in infection prevention and basic statistics is preferred.

EXPERIENCE:
Minimum of four years of hospital or ambulatory clinic experience required, preferably in a clinical setting, with a strong background in an ambulatory setting where instrument processing was performed. Research experience is preferred.

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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We are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, familial status, genetic information, domestic or sexual violence victim status, citizenship status, military status, status as a protected veteran or any other status protected by applicable law.

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