Infection Control Coordinator

 
Position: Infection Control Coordinator

Job ID: 151339

Location: US-TX-Houston

Department: Infection Control

Talent Area: Professional - Clinical

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Shift: Days

About Texas Children's Hospital

Since 1954, Texas Children’s has been leading the charge in patient care, education and research to accelerate health care for children and women around the world. When you love what you do, it truly shows in the smiles of our patient families, employees and our numerous accolades such as being consistently ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas, and among the top in the nation by U.S.News & World Report as well as recognition from Houston Business Journal as one of this city’s Best Places to Work for ten consecutive years.   Texas Children’s comprehensive health care network includes our primary hospital in the Texas Medical Center with expertise in over 40 pediatric subspecialties; the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute (NRI); the Feigin Center for pediatric research; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston; and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, the first hospital devoted to children’s care for communities north of Houston. We have also created the nation’s first HMO for children, established the largest pediatric primary care network in the country and a global health program that is channeling care to children and women all over the world. Texas Children’s Hospital is also academically affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, one of the largest, most diverse and successful pediatric programs in the nation.   To join our community of 14,000+ dedicated team members, visit texaschildrenspeople.org for career opportunities. You can also learn more about our amazing culture at infinitepassion.org.

Summary:

We are searching for an Infection Control Coordinator - to function as a consultant/adviser to all areas of the Hospital in the prevention and control of both community acquired and healthcare-associated infections. Works with other ancillary departments in the Hospital to assist in the education of personnel, physicians, affiliated student populations and families of patients on issues involving patient care practices, JCAHO, CDC, TDH, OSHA, and other official agency requirements and employee health/safety.
 
Think you have what it takes?
• 3yrs experience in healthcare infection control
• Be part of infection control team

 

 



Responsibilities :

 
• Collects data on the types and number of both community acquired and healthcare-associated infections (viral, bacterial, and fungal) on a routine basis.
• Utilizes culture data obtained daily from the microbiology and virology laboratories, as well as isolation surveillance rounds, to make specific recommendations to nursing personnel, house staff, attending physicians, and administration of appropriate preventive measures to be taken when deemed necessary (to help detect and prevent potential outbreaks of specific organisms and infections in specific populations) and/or other changes in practice that are deemed necessary.
• Analyzes healthcare-associated infections occurring on all nursing units in order to make recommendations.
• Gives the educational program or act as a consultant to the staff in developing the offering.
• Writes behavioral objectives for each specific program, taking into consideration the goals of the program and the educational background, training, previous experience(s), and cultural backgrounds of the intended audience.
• Takes the initiative to provide “curbside” education during daily rounds on the units.
• Participates in orientation and other educational programs for all Hospital employees and volunteers, either as content specialist/advisor or educator.
• Attends the Infections Committee.
• Provides the Infections Committee medical staff with information related to the types and rates of infections occurring in the Hospital.
• Reviews current literature and new and/or revised regulations and guidelines (including regulations promulgated by JCAHO) that affect the care of patients; presents this acquired knowledge along with recommendations for the protection of the healthcare worker to the Infections Committee, other committees, and special task forces.
• Actively participates on other Hospital committees (Safety, QAC, Policy and Procedures, etc.) to provide infection control expertise on areas of mutual concern.
• Reports feedback on QI indicators to both the Infections Committee and the Medical Staff QI Committee; initiatives are developed yearly, based on a review of current problems.
 


Qualifications:

Qualifications
 
• BSN or Master’s Degree
   For RN – must be licensed by Board of Nursing
   For MS degree – must be in Scientific, Clinical, and /or Public Health related degree
         Prefer CIC ( Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology Certification for non-nurses) 
• Knowledge of hospital infection control issues and procedures, CDC, OSHA, and state regulations.
• A knowledge of bacteriology and epidemiologic methods is desirable.
• Ability to utilize a personal computer using basic database applications, plan effectively, organize well, take initiative, use diplomacy in dealing with others, and exhibit resourcefulness, leadership, and teaching ability.

 



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