HonorHealth is a non-profit, local community healthcare system serving an area of 1.6 million people in the greater Phoenix area. The network encompasses six acute-care hospitals, an extensive medical group, outpatient surgery centers, a cancer care network, clinical research, medical education, a foundation, and community services with approximately 13,100 team members, 3,500 affiliated providers, and nearly 700 volunteers.
This Infection Preventionist acts as a resource and consultant to all clinical, support, and management services and medical staff regarding infection prevention and control. Applies epidemiologic principles and statistical methods, including risk stratification, identifies target populations, analyzes trends and risk factors, and designs and evaluates the effectiveness of the infection prevention program and approaches. Demonstrates knowledge of principles related to infection prevention and control including microbiology, epidemiology, standards, and technology of patient care, infectious diseases, sterilization, sanitation and disinfection practices, and adult education principles.
Provide direction for comprehensive infection prevention and control surveillance activities including routine patient-focused and microbiological surveillance, outbreak investigation, environment and construction surveillance, and communicable disease reporting. Interpret surveillance data and present the information to the Infection Prevention and Control Committee and hospital/medical staff departments. Consistently utilizes the CDC/NHSN criteria to evaluate and assign healthcare associated versus community acquired infection status. Possess a comprehensive knowledge of NHSN and submit data to the CDC/NHSN database according to CMS requirements. Direct and assist in preparing reports and statistical data for the infection control committee, and the facility's administration and other committees as needed.
Lead and participate in local infection prevention improvement programs with special focus on CLABSI, CAUTI, C.difficile and MRSA, along with Surgical Site infection reductions strategies. Guide the implementation of best practices using recommendations from APIC, CDC, SHEA and other infection prevention agencies as appropriate.
Develop and maintain a comprehensive infection prevention and control plan for the facility based on most current scientific knowledge and evidence-based practice. Serve as a resource to the facility for interpretation and guidance on adherence of policies and procedures with infection prevention and control implications including construction, environment of care, bioterrorism and occupational health.
Plan and participate in providing infection-control related education programs for patients, clinical and non-clinical staff, physicians, volunteers, students and the community. Tailor programs to general, position-specific and individual learning needs and makes recommendations for staff development.
Serve as a consultant to the facility in providing recommendations on appropriate patient care supplies, sterilization, disinfection and cleaning supplies, and safe needle products utilizing the latest evidence-based knowledge and the principles of epidemiology
Serve as a resource to the facility on infection prevention and control-related aspects of construction, environment of care, disasters and bioterrorism/epidemic detection and response.
Perform annual facility risk assessment and next years’ annual goal development based on outcome measures and a comprehensive assessment of the previous year.
Acts as Liaison with county public health
Consults with administration, legal/risk management, physicians, and staff on complex situations involving patients, staff, and the environment.
Respond and participate in facility approach to emerging infectious disease situations, such as Ebola and Pandemic Influenza. Conduct facility gap assessments and shared information to inform the development of policies and procedures to meet compliance with state certification for infectious diseases as appropriate.
Audit and maintain compliance with national standards and regulatory bodies such as CDC, OSHA, and the FDA.
Participate and guide post-exposure investigation for internal and external healthcare workers in consultation with Occupational Health and outside agencies.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's Degree in Nursing, Medical Lab-Technology or health related field Required
2 years of experience in Infection Control in an acute care setting Required
Certified Infection Control (CIC) Required
Tuition assistance up to $5,250* per year
Comprehensive medical, dental and vision insurance with domestic partner coverage
403(b) retirement savings plan that provides immediate vesting and dollar-dollar match up to 4%
On-site child and elder care centers
Employee assistance program
Free parking, discounted bus passes, fitness facilities
15 Virginia G. Piper Cancer Care Network locations
Medical group with 100+ primary, specialty and urgent care locations
500+ ongoing clinical trials and studies at the HonorHealth Research Institute
System-wide, fully integrated Epic EMR
Five Magnet® recognized hospitals
Recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review, 150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare 2019
Recognized by Forbes, Best Employers 2017-2022
All HonorHealth Medical Centers achieved B or higher rating in the spring 2019 The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades
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It is the policy of HonorHealth to provide equal opportunity in employment. Selection and employment of applicants will be made on the basis of their qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or any other legally protected status.