As a Hospital Epidemiology Surveillance Specialist, RN, you will contribute to the provision of high-quality patient care by promoting and implementing infection prevention and control practices and compliance with regulatory agency requirements. Defines and provides collaborative actions, evaluates occupational health exposures/issues and assists with the determination of proper care and planning related to infection prevention and control; participates in the identification, prevention and control of infections by data collection, surveillance and analysis, development of verbal and written reports, educational programs for personnel and patients as needed. Serves as a liaison across department(s) and/or service line(s) and reports communicable diseases as required.
Summary of Essential Job Duties:
Performs manual chart review and consistent application of the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) National Health & Safety Network (NHSN) definitions to identify and report healthcare associated infections.
Reports communicable diseases and supporting laboratory data to the local, state and national health departments as required.
Monitors data and notifies department leadership of gaps in processes or trends that require intervention. Assists with planning, development, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and revision of Infection Prevention and Control Program goals, standards, policies and procedures.
Monitors and advises staff of isolation precautions and infection control practices in patient care areas. Participates in epidemiological investigations of significant clusters of infection above established standards and of unusual isolates as directed by the Infection and Control leadership.
Conducts infection control and prevention education to healthcare workers in coordination with unit/department leadership and follows up as needed. Provides in-service education for the medical center staff, general orientation, annual review, and as needed. Maintains confidentiality of patient information and sensitive data.
Participates in chart review, data collection, and observations for department focused studies, research, and test of change initiatives. Participates in the development and review of Infection Prevention and Control Standards of Care, Policy and Procedures for assigned areas.
Conducts rounding on unit/departments to perform direct observations of infection prevention measures & compliance among healthcare workers and physicians. Facilitates meeting applicable regulatory requirements through monitoring and reporting infection trends in the acute, ambulatory and other care settings.
Maintains on-going communications and cooperative relationships with medical center committees and external agencies.
Associates Degree in Nursing is required
Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing is strongly preferred
BLS Certification is required
California RN License required
Minimum of three (3) years nursing experience in acute or clinical setting is required
Working Title: Hospital Epidemiology Surveillance Specialist, RN - Hospital Epidemiology
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