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Infection Preventionist

Caduceus Scott Air Force Base Full-Time
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Duties and Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following:

·       Develops the annual Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA); prioritizes according to the level of probability and potential for harm. Coordinates ICRA development with other team members, including the IPCF Chair, IPCF members, Public Health (PH) and others as needed.

·       Develops and coordinates the annual Infection Prevention and Control Program Plan (IPCPP) based upon the approved ICRA prioritized list. Updates the IPCPP as needed throughout the year.

·       Develops and coordinates the IPCP Annual Summary that describes all activities in the IPCPP. The summary shall include a general discussion, actions taken and resolution. Unresolved items must be carried over to the next IPCP Annual Summary. All program documents shall be accomplished in a timely manner; clear suspense’s for the completion of each document IPCPP—shall be signed by the Commander or designee and shall be in place 30 days following the close out of the reporting year.

·       Plans and develops the IPCF agenda with the IPCF Chair based on activities outlined in the IPCPP; standard agenda items are included at least quarterly. Completes and files meeting minutes per MTF policy.

·       Performs IPC-related surveillance as defined by the annual ICRA and IPCPP as approved by MTF senior leadership (e.g. ECOMS). Assists in reviewing and revising IPC relevant MTF Operating Instructions (OIs) as required. Shares surveillance activities and findings with the IPC Chair, IPC Function and other related stakeholders, as applicable.

·       Verifies current standards are implemented throughout the MTF (e.g., reprocessing of reusable medical devices (RMD), high level disinfection (HLD), instrument processing, environmental hygiene, hand hygiene, transmission-based precautions, etc.).

·       Participates in quality/performance improvement (PI) and patient safety (PS) activities related to IPC.

·       Advises and collaborates on IPC-related issues with many various staff/groups that include, but are not limited to, IPCF, ECOMS, TJC Environment of Care program (EOC) Committee, Nurse Executive Council (NEC), and Performance Improvement Council.

·       Liaises with installation Air Reserve Component (ARC) Medical Units on IPCP management and serves as a conduit to elevate IPC-related issues to MTF leadership. Assists ARC IPC monitor in development of a Memorandum of Understanding or Memorandum of Agreement (MOU/MOA), or Host Tenant Agreement.

·       Consults with other MTF IPs, SG IP Consultant and HQ IP (AFMOA) on a regular basis regarding data, trends, and activities.

·       Collaborates with AFMS and local area peers to advance awareness of current IPC news and trends.

·       Participates in AF and Defense Health Agency (DHA) IPC forums, teleconferences, and meetings.

·       Applies epidemiologic principles and statistical methods to break the chain of infection and improve IPC efforts.

·       Utilizes databases, graphs, and reports to track, trend, and monitor infectious processes and facilitate evidence-based practices.

 

Schedule: Normal duty hours are Monday through Friday (excluding Federal Holidays) from 7:30 am to 4:30 p.m. central standard time. Due to mission need or due to unforeseen acts of nature or emergency, the CO/COR and contractor may agree to different duty hours/work days/duty locations. No overtime is authorized.

 

Position Requirements:

·       Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Nursing, Public Health, Epidemiology, or Microbiology from a nationally recognized accredited college program

·       Minimum of five (5) years of current experience infection prevention and control performed within the last four (4) years

·       Active Memberships in the following groups: Safety or Environment of Care Committee, Product Evaluation Committee, Patient Safety Committee, Space Utilization Committee, Medical Readiness Staff Function, Nursing Executive Function, and Executive Committee of the Medical Staff (ECOMS)

Recommended skills

Emergency Handling
Infection Control
Patient Safety
Scheduling
Hygiene
Epidemiology
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