This position works with a goal to reduce the risk of health care acquired infections to patients, staff, volunteers, and visitors. Plans, organizes and implements surveillance activities, assists and guides health care staff regarding proper infection prevention as well as proper isolation procedures. Evaluates health care acquired infections to identify root cause of infections and develops action plans for preventable risk factors. Supports teams with development, implementation, education and organizational communication plans and prepares formal reporting that tracks and trends data as well as progress toward local, regional and national goals. Using continuous quality improvement methodology and epidemiological principles, acts as a facilitator/expert for teams working to reduce the infection risks. Works collaboratively with the Vice President of Quality and Safety and the Vice President of Clinical Affairs, who will provide dyad leadership to the incumbent. Assures infection prevention activities comply with applicable laws and regulations, Federal and State guidelines, the Joint Commission, as well as all other accrediting agencies and CDC guidelines.
**Off-premise call may be required.
Ensures full compliance with all infection prevention and control standards.
Plans, implements and evaluates all organization-wide infection prevention and control activities.
Provides surveillance, analysis, and interpretation of infection prevention data.
Coordinates with the local and state Health department on applicable issues, including unusual epidemics, clusters of infections, and unusual pathogens. Monitors local and national trends.
Primary Job Responsibilities
Plans, organizes and documents infection prevention activities that are in compliance with regulations and standards. Evaluates the effectiveness of the activities and incorporates change.
Develops and maintains systems to detect monitor and report infections.
Data and Reporting – Provides teams with expertise in measurement plans, data collection, data management, analysis and integration of the information.
Facilitates or participates on interdisciplinary teams working to implement strategies to reduce the risk of infections.
Actively leads and coordinates the efforts of our committees, task forces, and the work of the department or work group to advance quality and safety outcomes.
Demonstrates subject matter expertise and consultative skills to accomplish organizational objectives designed to improve care, services or meet established requirements.
Current RN license through the MN State Board of Nursing or other licensed healthcare professional
Bachelor’s degree in nursing or related health care field
A minimum of 5 years healthcare experience
2 years of infection prevention team experience with a proven track record of results
Knowledge and understanding of quality improvement methods and principles, team process, high reliability principles, and change management
Previous experience in educational program development and analysis.
Excellent customer service skills
Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of data management including collection, collation, validation, data display and statistical analysis using quality improvement techniques
Flexible, with exceptional skills in organization, prioritization and attention to detail
Excellent customer service, interdisciplinary communication and collaboration skills, ability to motivate others and approach challenges creatively.
Demonstrates knowledge of principles of infection prevention and surveillance
Demonstrate the ability to collect and analyze epidemiological data, report findings to a variety of audiences including clinical and non-clinical staff members, nursing leadership, regulatory agencies, and medical staff members
Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other web-based applications
Certification in Infection Prevention and Control (CIC) this credential expires every 5 years and must be maintained in good standing
University or CDC course work in infection control and/or epidemiology
Master’s degree in nursing or related health care field
Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare is an independent pediatric hospital specializing in treating children who have complex conditions, rare disorders and traumatic injuries. Gillette providers treat patients - including adults who have conditions that began during childhood - who have medical needs that are often too complex for most other health care providers. We're different because of our focus. We center our care on conditions affecting the musculoskeletal and neurological systems. We also partner with Regions Hospital to operate Minnesota’s first Level I Pediatric Trauma Center.
In addition to our 60-bed hospital, we have eight primary clinic or hub locations, 11 outreach sites and one adult clinic. We serve more than 25,000 patients each year.
Our reach is local, national and global. Annually we serve patients from all Minnesota counties, nearly all 50 U. S. states and more than 10 countries.
Gillette is a Twin Cities Top Workplace and a National Top Workplace. We offer competitive pay, a strong benefits package and flexible schedules. Plus we give employees something that sets us apart: a chance to take part in our mission. Come to work for Gillette, and you’...ll improve the lives of countless children and adults who have disabilities or complex medical conditions.