Location: Within East or Northeast Tennessee
Under general supervision, is responsible for professional public health field contact work of average difficulty and performs related work as required. The goal of the Infection Prevention Specialist is to protect the health of the citizens of Tennessee through the prevention and control of infections within healthcare settings such as Acute Care Hospitals, Nursing Homes and Outpatient settings. Distinguishing Features: This is the entry/working level class in the Infection Prevention sub-series. This class differs from the Infection Prevention Specialist 2 in that an
incumbent of the latter performs duties of a larger scope and complexity, acts as the primary manager of projects or studies, and supervises employees.
Conducts on-site infection control assessments of healthcare facilities, provides follow-up consultation around mitigation of identified infection control gaps, observes infection control practices and reviews policies and procedures to ensure compliance with national best practices endorsed by the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC), the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). Provides infection control training to internal and external stakeholders, including state, regional and local health department staff, state surveyors, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers, infection preventionists and quality improvement specialists across the spectrum of healthcare.
Provides technical assistance and conducts training sessions for healthcare partners and users of the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) including enrollment, assistance with the application of definitions and data validation. Responds to state and federal regulatory referrals (e.g., the Joint Commission) for certified Medicare/Medicaid entities with immediate jeopardy infection control tags. Responds to complaints referred by the
Office of Healthcare Facilities or the Health Boards. Interprets Tennessee Department of Health regulations, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Conditions of Participation (COP), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy rule, information on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) websites and medical/legal concepts regarding healthcare data. Provides support in the investigation of Healthcare Associated
Infection (HAI) outbreaks and containment responses to single cases of pathogens of urgent public health concern in healthcare settings. Provides consultative infection control advice to facility staff regarding the management of infectious patients/residents and other infection prevention issues. Participates in Emerging Infections Program funded multi-state point prevalence surveys and other related Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) grant funded projects. Serves as an independent outside infection control observer in public health emergencies (e.g., Ebola or other highly infectious diseases). Applies principles of antibiotic stewardship and quality improvement to infection control activities.Requirements
Minimum Qualifications: Education and Experience: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor s degree in an applied clinical science including Nursing, Public Health, Medical or Clinical Laboratory Science or a directly related field and experience equivalent to two years of professional, full-time infection control experience;ORLicensed as Registered Nurse (RN) and one year of experience in infection control;ORGraduation from an accredited college or university with a PhD in Nursing, Public Health, Medical or Clinical Laboratory Science or a directly related field, a DrPH or APN and one year of experience in infection control;ORGraduation from an accredited college or university with an associate degree in an applied clinical science including Nursing, Public Health, Medical or Clinical Laboratory Science or a directly related field and four years of experience in infection control.Substitution of Education for Experience: NoneSubstitution of Experience for Education: None Other Requirements: Necessary Special Qualifications: Applicants for this class must: Be eligible for a National Certification in Infection Prevention and Control (CIC) within six months of hire date or already be certified and retain certification for the duration of employment. Possess and maintain a valid motor vehicle operator s license.Examination Method: Education and Experience, 100%, for Preferred Service positions.
Required Education Others Bachelor's Degree Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor s degree in an applied clinical science including Nursing, Public Health, Medical or Clinical Laboratory Proficient (4-6 Years) Yes Certifications Others CIC Be eligible for a National Certification in Infection Prevention and Control (CIC) within six months of hire date or already be certified and retain certification for the duration of employment. No Skills Others Infection Control two years of professional, full-time infection control experience Novice (1-3 Years) Yes
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