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The University of Chicago Medicine Ingalls is hiring an Infection Preventionist (RN) candidate to work Full-Time 8-hour shifts in the Infection Control Department.
Infection Preventionist (RN) Job Summary:
The infection control employee works with the hospital epidemiologist, other members of the infection control program, hospital administration and staff to develop and implement the hospital-wide infection control program. Activities include investigation of infection problems and outbreaks, formulation of infection control policies and procedures, performance of ward and laboratory-based infection surveillance, identification and follow-up of significant pathogens (i.e., perform pulse-field gel electrophoresis), and education of hospital personnel.
Infection Preventionist (RN) Duties and Responsibilities
- Designs and implements surveillance plans to detect nosocomial infections and outbreaks.
- Collects and analyzes clinical and laboratory data to accurately detect and characterize nosocomial infections.
- Reviews Clinical Microbiology Laboratory results to identify cases of colonization or infection by epidemiologically important organisms.
- Accurately interprets laboratory data, including organism identification, antibiotic susceptibility testing, and pulse-field gel electrophoresis
- Performs complex analysis of data, and prepares reports, including relevant charts, tables and graphs, of hospital related outbreaks.
- Assesses the need for isolation precautions and institutes these precautions correctly
- Investigates and accurately characterizes suspected hospital infection problems, including exposures to communicable diseases and occurrences of possible outbreaks
Infection Preventionist (RN) Required Qualifications
- Must have a current RN licensure in Illinois Certification in infection control
- Must hold a bachelor's degree in microbiology or clinical laboratory science, or MT (ASCP) certification as a medical technologist with at least 3 years of experience in microbiology; or a master's degree in public health.
- Must have at least three years of work experience in an acute care setting or health related field, such as direct patient care, clinical or laboratory research, epidemiology or infectious disease.
- Must be able to identify common bacterial and fungal pathogens, be able to accurately perform basic laboratory procedures and critically evaluate laboratory and clinical methods, procedure, and results.
- Must be able to work independently to collect and critically evaluate information to characterize and manage infection problems. Must have ability to identify best approaches to problems/questions and determine when to seek outside or more senior advice.
- Must be able to identify and evaluate situations, which place patients or staff at immediate infection risk, and formulate and implement timely interventions to ameliorate risk.
- Requires understanding of basic epidemiologic methods and statistics.
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