Infection Control Specialist, Kirkland, WA
Responsible for assisting the program manager in monitoring the EvergreenHealth Infection Control and Prevention program. Assists with the collection and analysis of infection control surveillance data. Works collaboratively with medical and nursing leadership to develop and disseminate policies, procedures, and practices around infection control. Serves as a liaison as indicated for the hospital, for state and local agencies, physicians and other providers, patients and families.
Essential Job Functions:
- Reviews laboratory reports for evidence of hospital acquired infections, clusters or outbreaks, and microbial trends.
- Maintains surveillance data for nosocomial infections.
- Reviews medical records concurrently and retrospectively for presence and treatment of infections and risk factors.
- Presents staff education programs for infection control review, new employee orientation, and requested training.
- Accountable for following the guidelines for attendance, punctuality and overall dependability. Accountable for effective performance and follow-through of all assigned responsibilities and for completing responsibilities within designated (or agreed upon) timeframes. Completes responsibilities in a manner consistent with organizational policy, goals and values.
- Responsible for the "Accountabilities" associated with this position in support of the organization.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- License, Certification, Education or Experience:
REQUIRED for the position:
- Licensed as a Registered Nurse in the State of Washington or MT, MLT (ASCP) or equivalent certification
- Certification in Infection Control within 3 years of employment
- Previous hospital experience
DESIRED for the position:
- Experience in Infection Control programs
- Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) or related degree
- RN with recent Operating room experience desired
- Course in hospital epidemiology
- Current Healthcare Provider BLS certification by date of hire
- Knowledge of principles of epidemiology, infection prevention and control, sterilization, disinfection, and sanitation.