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Infection Preventionist - (UPMC Hillman Cancer Center & Network)

  • Job ID: 795655819
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours: M-F Daylight
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Facility: ONC00-UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
  • Department: 61042 ONCOL Admin Cancer Centers
  • Location: 5150 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15232
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $29.18 to $49.16 / hour

Description

Purpose:

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center is internationally recognized for its leadership in the prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer and is the region's only comprehensive cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute.

As the preeminent institution in western Pennsylvania for the delivery of cancer care, the performance of basic, translational, and clinical research, and the education of the next generation of cancer researchers and physicians, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center is exceptionally well-positioned to contribute to the global effort to reduce the burden of cancer.

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center has a new exciting Infection Control opportunity with their world-class care team.

We're currently hiring an Infection Preventionist to support the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center.  This position will work a Monday through Friday daylight schedule working from the Hillman Cancer Center in Pittsburgh/Shadyside, PA.  It will provide Infection Prevention support to the Hillman Cancer Center and over 70 network locations across the system.

Occasional travel to other UPMC sites is required as needed by the department. 

If this sounds like a fit for you, apply online today! 

Under the direction of the Quality & Safety Director, the Infection Preventionist (IP) will perform surveillance for the detection and prevention of infections occurring within the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center & network. The IP will use an epidemiologic approach to preventing infections throughout the Hillman Cancer Center & network through problem-solving, critical thinking, intervention, and education. The IP will use advanced epidemiology knowledge and statistical analysis to investigate outbreaks, infection rate calculations, and improvement/intervention projects. The IP will use adult education principles to develop and implement infection prevention educational programs. The IP actively leads or participates in goal planning activities, program assessment, and development of business cases.


Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate implementation of infection prevention and control policies/guidelines for all hospital departments that reflect current standards of practice and compliance with CDC, OSHA, TJC, and the Department of Health guidelines.
  • Provide leadership for interdisciplinary teams to control specific disease entities and support quality initiatives.
  • Identify trends in hospital infections through review and interpretation of surveillance data to develop risk reduction strategies and implement process improvement initiatives. Provide analysis and interpretation of data collected during surveillance activities. Develop reports to communicate trend data and analysis.
  • Conduct construction/renovation inspections and rounds to ensure compliance with the practicing state's DOH requirements and assess for any infection control/ safety issues.
  • Serve on the Infection Prevention and Control Committee and represent Hospital Epidemiology in hospital committees requiring Infection Prevention and Control input.
  • Perform related duties as required.
  • Demonstrate ongoing continuing education by reviewing professional publications and participating in educational programs and professional organization activities.
  • Investigate clusters and outbreaks for sources of infection, educate healthcare personnel regarding short and long term control measures and assist in evaluation of the effectiveness of such controls.
  • Facilitate operational responsibilities of infection prevention and control in mandatory reporting if/as required by practicing state regulatory and legal requirements, including identification of infections, reporting through the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), contacting physicians of patients with infections to inform them of notification process and fielding questions from patients with infections reported.
  • Conduct environmental rounds as appropriate to assess compliance with the practicing state's DOH, Life Safety and TJC requirements.
  • Work with hospital management to identify areas for improved performance to prevent HAIs and/or protect employees, patients and visitors from infectious/communicable conditions.
  • Act as liaison with local and state health departments and other healthcare facilities by reporting notifiable diseases and investigating communicable conditions.
  • Plan, develop, conduct and document educational programs for hospital personnel, patients and families using age and education level appropriate venues to maintain or enhance knowledge of infection control.
  • Support the departmental objective of quality services, system improvement, and cost containment by contributing to the successful implementation of recommended initiatives.
  • Perform surveillance of hospital units for detection of healthcare acquired infections through electronic review of patient records, microbiological, radiological, and other laboratory data, patient treatment plans and through communication with hospital personnel.
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively with interdisciplinary health care professionals, administrators, health system personnel and local, state and federal regulatory agencies.
  • Document infection data in an electronic surveillance system as required by applicable practicing state regulation.

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's in Nursing, Microbiology, Medical Technology, Epidemiology, or related field preferred.
  • Two (2) years of infection control or related relevant experience are required.
  • Basic computer skills required and data management/analysis experience preferred.
  • Current CIC certification preferred.


Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
Current Certified in Infection Control (CIC) certification preferred. Registered Nurses are required to maintain current RN licensure.

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  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

Individuals hired into this role must comply with UPMC’s COVID vaccination requirements upon beginning employment with UPMC. Refer to the COVID-19 Vaccination Information section at the top of this page to learn more.

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