Infection Preventionist

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University of Maryland Medical System
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September 17, 2021
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Infection Preventionist

Job ID: 92012

Area of Interest: Nursing

Location: Baltimore,MD US

Hours of Work: M-F 8:00-4:00

Job Facility: University of Maryland Medical Center

Employment Type: Full Time

Shift: DAY

What You Will Do:

Infection Preventionist
Full Time – Day shift (M-F, 8AM-4PM)
Baltimor, MD

Actively seeking candidates for an Infection Preventionist position to join our team with University of Maryland Medical Center, Downtown Campus.

Come elevate your skills and experience by working with a world class 800-bed, Magnet designated Academic Medical Center with a comprehensive and technologically advanced surgical suites.

At the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), a designated Magnet facility, we are a team. Nurses and doctors, specialists and therapists, work shoulder-to-shoulder to give our patients the care they deserve. We take time to celebrate each other’s contributions and treat each other with respect by valuing each other’s ideas and opinions. Ultimately, we support each other’s growth. Together, we form a world-class team dedicated to furthering the practice of patient care.

General Summary
Under general supervision, conducts nosocomial infection surveillance, analyzes data for trends, participates in outbreak investigations, provides related education to staff and maintains relevant policies.

Principal Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Collects, processes, and analyzes surveillance data to ensure that appropriate measures are taken to decrease morbidity and mortality as well as employee exposures and injuried.
  • Evaluate hospitalized patients for the presence of nosocomial, infectious or reportable disease using both electronic data and site visits
  • Reviews culture and sensitivity reports on in-patients with possible infections to set priorities for surveillance activities in patient care areas and define nosocomial infections in accordance with CDC published definitions.
  • Performs surveillance of current in-patient and discharged patient’s medical records suspected of having acquired a nosocomial infection.
  • Identifies, alert sand discusses significant Infection Control issues with the Director of Infection Prevention & Control and Hospital Epidemiologist, usually pertaining to those nursing units assigned for surveillance activities.
  • Reports communicable diseases as required by law
  • Consult with administration, medical staff, department managers, employees, and patients regarding infection control practices, policies, and procedures, transmission of communicable disease, and reduction of nosocomial infections
  • Maintains records of nosocomial infections and prepares various monthly, quarterly and annual infection reports in accordance with departmental procedures.
  • Completes necessary data collection in a timely manner in preparation for monthly infection prevention reports
  • Attends monthly Infection Control Subcommittee meetings to present nosocomial infection data for specific patient care areas and/or types of infections.
  • Prepares and reviews quarterly nosocomial infections reports for accuracy and completeness with Hospital Epidemiologist.  Distributes report to the Executive Infection Control Committee to be presented by the Hospital Epidemiologist.  May attend and present the data as required.
  • Leads and or participates in multidisciplinary collaborative teams to improve preventative practices, identify evidenced based research, and improve patient and institutional outcomes
  • Some On-Call is required.
  • Investigates patient/employee exposures to communicable diseases and participates in outbreak investigations, making recommendations to control such outbreaks and notifies appropriate City and State Health Officials in accordance with departmental procedures and state regulations.
  • Reviews current infection control literature to keep up-to-date on infection control changes and developments.
  • Makes recommendations to departments to alter specific procedures to decrease the transmission of nosocomial infection between and/or to patients.
  • Develops educational programs to meet the needs of all employees as required by regulatory agencies to keep them informed about current infection control concepts and their specific responsibilities.
  • Provides infection control education to nursing, medical staff and various allied health staff to communicate departmental and hospital-wide policies and procedures.
  • Consults with health care workers via telephone and/or in person concerning infection control issues in patient care and/or employee health.
  • Review and revise house wide policies to ensure that current practice meets professional and regulatory standards with regards to identification of issues and outbreak control and prevention. Develop sound policies that reflect changing trends
  • Develops and conducts hospital-wide in-service programs on infection control.
  • Assists with conducting Annual Training Sessions on “Occupational Exposure to Blood borne Pathogens” and tuberculosis for UMMS employees, physicians and other hospital personnel.
  • Collaborates with Employee Health regarding vaccine programs, PPD testing and post-evaluation follow-up for infectious disease exposures.
  • Maintains infection prevention expertise in a clinical specialty in infection control as identified by the Director.

Located in downtown Baltimore near the Inner Harbor and Camden Yards, you won’t find a more vibrant place to work! 

Contact: Meena Williamson, recruiter – 443-615-1335, or Meena.Williamson@umm.edu 

What You Need to Be Successful:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited School of Nursing, Medical Technology, or a related field or equivalent is required.
  • Strongly prefer RN licensed candidates
  • Peds experience is a plus
  • Current licensure in the State of Maryland as a Registered Nurse, or certification as a Registered Medical Technologist is required unless certification in infection prevention is currently held with equivalent educational background requirements.
  • Certification from the Association for Practitioners in Infection Control (APIC) as an Infection Control Practitioner is required, or taken within two (2) years of hire.
  • Two and one-half years clinical experience as an RN or microbiology experience as a Medical Technologist or certified in infection prevention with equivalent experience is required.
  • Infection control experience is preferred.

We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

 

 

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It means a lot to me that UMMC is celebrating pride month this year. Early in my career, I kept a piece of me hidden every time I entered the workplace but eight years ago, when I joined the team here, I made a conscious choice not to do that any longer. I decided that I'm going to bring my whole self to work. So now when I entered the doors of the hospital I'm entering the door as a man who is gay, who has a wonderful husband and has three gorgeous children. I hope I probably celebrating pride UMC. We liberate those that still struggle to bring their whole whole self to work. And as an inaugural chair of UMC pride our employee resource group, I want to thank leadership for providing that platform from which to be heard and to be seen and to be recognized for the contributions that our community provides to the organization.

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It means a lot to me that UMMC is celebrating pride month this year. Early in my career, I kept a piece of me hidden every time I entered the workplace but eight years ago, when I joined the team here, I made a conscious choice not to do that any longer. I decided that I'm going to bring my whole self to work. So now when I entered the doors of the hospital I'm entering the door as a man who is gay, who has a wonderful husband and has three gorgeous children. I hope I probably celebrating pride UMC. We liberate those that still struggle to bring their whole whole self to work. And as an inaugural chair of UMC pride our employee resource group, I want to thank leadership for providing that platform from which to be heard and to be seen and to be recognized for the contributions that our community provides to the organization.

 

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