Coordinates all infection prevention related activities associated with surveillance, performance improvement and education which are intended to ensure that the facility’s patients, personnel and visitors will be protected from transmission of diseases and infection within the facility’s environment as identified in the core competency model by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CBIC). Responsible for oversight of daily operations of the Infection Prevention Department and Employee Health in regard to the facility compliance with TJC Hospital Accreditation Standards, State and CMS regulations. Ongoing assessment and development of programs, policies and procedures and forms to address the Infection Prevention needs of employees, volunteers, contract workers, independent contractors, physicians, registry workers and students in accordance with the guidelines established by the regulatory agencies. Works in collaboration with Hospital Administration to develop and manage an Infection Prevention Program that incorporates essential facility strategic plan elements that align with the goals, objective and risk assessments of the Infection Prevention Program. Provides expert consultation and education, as needed, and as related to Infection Prevention.
Develops and operationalizes the Infection Prevention Program’s annual risk assessment, annual plans and annual evaluations. Identifies and implements updates to the Infection Prevention Program when new regulations and/or professional guidelines are published.
Keeping the organization’s mission, vision and values at the forefront of associate decision making and action. Ensuring that the patient perspective is a driving force behind our actions and business decisions, crafting and implementing service practices that meet patients’ and own organization’s needs. (Focus also includes internal and external customers). Demonstrates breadth and/or depth of professional/technical skills and capabilities required for position: shares knowledge, sets or contributes to the Company’s direction within area of expertise. Interacting with others in a way that gives them confidence in one’s intentions and those of the organization. Manages collaboratively and coaches others to achieve optimal performance delegates effectively; praises/rewards contributions; defines clear roles and responsibilities; sets goals and leads initiatives; adjust plans as necessary. Sharing authority and responsibility with others to move decision making and accountability downward through the organization enables individuals to stretch their capabilities and accomplish the business unit’s strategic priorities. Applies influence based on professional skill and experience. Understanding of how to anticipate, recognize and deal effectively with existing or potential conflicts at the individual, group, or situation level; ability to apply this understanding appropriately to diverse situations. Understanding of the need to carefully evaluate the impact of emerging business situations and choose the best path forward and ability to select and assertively communicate actions and activities that maximize organization performance. Knowledge of the policies and techniques to manage a set of related projects within a program; ability to plan, organize, monitor and control the set of projects, ensuring efficient utilization of technical and administrative resources to achieve program objectives. Knowledge of types, methods, tools and techniques used in infection prevention and control; ability to impede the spread of infection and disease. Knowledge of the factors and contributing to quality patient care, and the ability to influence these factors in a positive way. Knowledge of federal, state and local healthcare related laws and regulations; ability to comply with these in healthcare practictices and activities. Knowledge of and insight into all the pieces and parts that produce results and ability to utilize various methods and techniques to frame problems and situations from the perspective of their impact on the entire system; to make appropriate actions plans and take the right risks.
Minimum of three (3) years clinical experience in nursing, microbiology, biology, Nursing or Public Health. Must have a minimum of two (2) years experience as an Infection Preventionist in an acute care facility. Bachelor’s in Science (Microbiology, Biology, Nursing, Public Health) is required. Board certification in Infection Prevention and Control is required.
Registered Nurse or Clinical Lab Scientist with a CA state license. Active member of APIC (Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology).
Incumbents in this position shall comply with all applicable laws and rules including the Dignity Health Standards of Conduct and Dignity Health policies and procedures that apply to his/her job responsibilities, seek guidance when in doubt, promptly report any potential or suspected violation of Dignity Health Standards of Conduct, Dignity Health policer or procedure or applicable laws/regulations, and when requested, assist Dignity Health personnel in investigating all allegations of violation. When called upon, the incumbent shall assist in risk evaluation and work collaboratively with facility/entity leaders to implement, monitor and mitigate risk corrective plans outlined by the Compliance program.
Summary of Essential Cognitive Functions:
Ability to comprehend and follow instructions; maintain attention and concentration for necessary periods; synthesize, coordinate and analyze data, perform simple and repetitive tasks; maintain a work pace appropriate to given work load; perform complex and varied; relate to other people beyond giving and receiving instructions; get along with co-workers and peers; understand the meaning of words and how to use them appropriately and effectively; understand and remember detailed instructions; make independent decisions or exercise judgment based on appropriate information; accept and carry out responsibility for direction, control and planning.
This position shall demonstrate behaviors consistent with the core (Mercy) values in support with Methodist Hospital and the Mission and Philosophy of Dignity Health.
Methodist Hospital of Sacramento, a Dignity Health member, is an integral part of Sacramento, California's state capital. Sacramento is a rapidly growing metropolitan area that is family-centric, culturally diverse, and offers an array of affordable housing options. Over the years, our hospitals have evolved, but our mission has remained the same -- to promote healthy communities.
Be a pa...rt of our future! Located in one of the fastest-growing areas of Sacramento, Methodist Hospital serves the Sacramento southern suburbs, including Elk Grove, Laguna Creek and Galt communities. Methodist employs more than 1,300 people to serve the needs of more than 10,000 patients seen annually. Our staff enjoys a family-oriented atmosphere, diversity and a mission of caring for the poor and underserved. Methodist was built in 1973 and has a modern Family Birth Center, which includes a Level II NICU, and an expanded Emergency Department to meet the growing needs of the community. We also offer a hospital-based Bariatric Surgery program, an active Occupational and Physical Therapy Department and a nationally recognized Orthopedics Department. Learn more at www.methodistsacramento.org.