Nemours is seeking an Infection Preventionist for Nemours Children's Hospital in Wilmington, DE.
The primary function of the Infection Preventionist (IP) will be to work as a team member of the Infection Control Department. The Infection Preventionist (IP) coordinates the daily activities that promote the prevention, detection, and control of healthcare associated infections (HAIs) in both inpatient and ambulatory settings. The IP provides an epidemiologic approach to preventing infections throughout the hospital through problem solving, intervention, and education, while implementing the Infection Control Plan. The IP functions as a consultant, educator, role model, change agent, and researcher in best practices in Infection Prevention and Control. The Infection Prevention and Control department which currently consists of two IPs and a Manager, collaborates with the Quality and Safety Department to implement patient safety initiatives related to infection control principles and policies and participates in process improvement efforts.
The primary customers of this position will be the patients, associates, medical staff and leadership team of the Nemours Delaware Valley patient care sites, affiliate sites and Nemours Children's Hospital.
Performs ongoing surveillance for HAIs, including chart reviews, recommends isolation precautions, and evaluates data for potential clusters or outbreaks. Reports HAIs to the Infection Prevention and Control Committee, the National Healthcare Safety Network, and hospital committees, as required. Participates as a leader and content expert on interdisciplinary teams working to decrease HAIs, as and in hospital performance improvement initiatives to prevent HAIs, multi-drug resistant organisms, and infectious disease outbreaks, Serves as a member of the Infection Prevention and Control Committee.
Assists in the development of Infection Prevention and Control policies and procedures in accordance with best practices from the CDC/HICPAC, APIC, and other regulatory agencies.
Participates in departmental and Infection Prevention and Control rounding throughout the hospital and ambulatory locations, assessing compliance with Infection Control standards and policies. Provides just in time feedback, recommendations, and education, as necessary.
Serves as a subject matter expert for construction related activities, and participates in ICRA assessments, rounding, and planning/development of new units/buildings/departments.
Acts as a subject matter expert for safety standards for infection prevention, including but not limited to TJC, CMS, state-specific requirements, and CDC recommendations.
Provides routine education and orientation to associates regarding topics associated with infection prevention and maintains current training and education.
Demonstrates competence in high-level disinfection and sterilization practices, procedures, guidelines, and regulatory requirements
Reports to departments of health, as required by state laws, in partnership with the laboratory.
Performs risk assessments and assists in developing the annual Infection Prevention and Control plan.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING REQUIREMENTS
Bachelor's Degree in health sciences, Medical Technology, MT (ASCP) OR Bachelor's Degree/Diploma in Nursing and recognized training Infection Control Required
Certification in Infection Control (CIC) is required upon hire or within 18 months of hire
Minimum three (3) years hospital-based infection prevention and control experience is preferred
Pediatric experience is preferred
Strong command of infection control practice in healthcare
Nemours is committed to improving the health of children. As a non-profit children’s health organization, we consider the health of every child to be a sacred trust. Through family-centered care in our children’s hospitals and clinics in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida, as well as world-changing research, education and advocacy, Nemours fulfills the promise of a healthier tomorrow for all children — even those who may never enter our doors. Nemours began more than 70 years ago with the vision of Alfred I. duPont to improve the lives of children and to do whatever it takes to prevent and treat even the most disabling childhood conditions. Today, through our children’s hospitals and health system, we directly care for 250,000 children annually in Delaware Valley and Florida, including families who travel from across the country and world to see our specialists — treating every child as we would our own. We also reach beyond the walls of our hospitals and clinics to be a voice for children on a national and international level, and to lead the way in prevention, intervention, education, and research. Nemours is growing to better serve the children and families in our ca...re. We have 1.1 million square feet of space currently devoted to providing children’s healthcare or under construction, all designed with significant input and advice from our patients and families.