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Location: Palm Springs, California
Internal Number: 2105025059
Desert Regional Medical Center is a 385 bed acute-care hospital classified as a stroke receiving center and level 2 trauma facility with an innovative , patient centered and evidence-based Rehabilitation Services Department. Our compassionate team provides a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services, including acute care rehabilitation, joint replacement & spinal surgery, neurosurgery, ICU, Telemetry, step-down care, skilled nursing, as well as outpatient therapy, hand and lymphedema clinics.
â�¢ Manages the Infection Prevention (IP) department and staff; has the ability to hire, fire and discipline; may be responsible for surveillance activities; evaluates the effectiveness of the program; provides education to staff, patients and families and implements all facets of the IP program
â�¢ Implements and designs programs for staff education on infection control and prevention principals
â�¢ Assists Hospital Administration and Patient Safety with maintaining regulatory Infection Control Standards to protect all hospital patients and visitors (with emphasis on populations at high risk for infections)
â�¢ Acts as hospital liaison for corporate quality Infection Control Issues
â�¢ Partners with the Hospital Leadership on Environment of Care Issues involving Infection Prevention and Control
â�¢ Partners with the Employee Occupational Health Department to assure Infection Prevention and Control principals are maintained
â�¢ Coordinates the activities of the Infection Control Committee with the Infection Prevention Medical Director Surveillance
â�¢ Develops and maintains an effective system for the surveillance of specific hospital associated infections as designated by the Infection Control Committee, Tenet Corporate Quality Program and the Public Health Department
â�¢ Ensures that data is effectively evaluated and analyzed using sound epidemiological principals as recommended by APIC, CDC, SHEA. Responsible for data uploads to NHSN
â�¢ Coordinates and communicates surveillance data to the Infection Control Committee. Ensures that surveillance information and action items achieved in committee are submitted to Quality Council, MEC and Governing Board
â�¢ Monitors and reports all Department of Public Health required communicable diseases. Serves as a hospital resource to nursing, and medical staff regarding communication
DEPARTMENT SPECIFIC DUTIES:
â�¢ Creates and implements in-service programs with respect to infection prevention and control
â�¢ Prepares and presents Annual Infection Control Evaluation and Plan
â�¢ Coordinates Infection Control Committee meeting, prepares agenda and is responsible for meeting minuteâ��s content as well as meeting all regulatory standards as it pertains to Infection Control
â�¢ Infection Control Champion for the Joint Commission and responsible for implementing house wide initiatives to ensure uninterrupted compliance
â�¢ Prepares and maintains Infection Control Manual consistent with federal regulations and Joint Commission standards. Ensures any updates are distributed to appropriate departments.
â�¢ Ensures Committee actions are communicated and action plans are completed
â�¢ Responsible for development and implementation of actions for identified infection control issues utilizing surveillance data
â�¢ Identifies areas of improvement and serves as educator for house-wide infection control program and serves as educator for all new employees, New Grads, volunteers, medical residents, and medical/nursing students. Jointly provides education to Medical Staff in collaboration with Infection Prevention Medical Director
â�¢ Has direct supervision of Infection Control Practitioners. Responsible for training and mentoring
â�¢ Consults with Occupational Health Services regarding Employee Health Program as it relates to infectious diseases and infection control
â�¢ Identifies documents and reports hospital acquired infections according to the Infection Control Plan.
â�¢ Ensures Corporate Score Card Infection Control initiatives are reported on time and with-in established benchmarks.
â�¢ Demonstrates team approach to projects.
â�¢ Takes initiative to keep Chief Quality Officer fully informed on work related issues
â�¢ Reports to work station on a regular basis for scheduled day and time
â�¢ Answers the phones and responds to our customer needs professionally and without complaints.
Required Education/ Training/ Experience:
â�¢ Baccalaureate degree required in nursing, lab, or other healthcare related field
â�¢ Minimum 5 years of experience in infection prevention or other related roles including, health care management or quality or patient safety role.
â�¢ 4 years experience in Infection Prevention with previous experience in health care
â�¢ CIC required within 2 year of job
â�¢ CA RN License or Degree in Epidemiology
Tenet complies with federal, state, and/or local laws regarding mandatory vaccination of its workforce. If you are offered this position and must be vaccinated under any applicable law, you will be required to show proof of full vaccination or obtain an approval of a religious or medical exemption prior to your start date. If you receive an exemption from the vaccination requirement, you will be required to submit to regular testing in accordance with the law.
Employment practices will not be influenced or affected by an applicantâ��s or employeeâ��s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status or any other legally protected status. Tenet will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship.
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