Infection Preventionist

Recruitment #210107-UNCX-11

Introduction

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is committed to providing quality health services to Oklahoma citizens. The mission of the Department of Health is to promote, protect and improve the health of all Oklahomans through strategies that focus on preventing disease and injuries.

OSDH is seeking a full-time Infection Preventionist providing support to Acute Disease Services. This is an unclassified position in state government, located in Oklahoma City, OK. OSDH offers a comprehensive Benefits Packageincluding a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependents.  For more information about the benefit allowance [click here]. The annual salary for this position is up to $75,000, based on education and experience.

Position Description
Serve as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in Infection Prevention and Control providing guidance and education to county public health partners, healthcare facility infection preventionists and frontline clinicians; Support the mission of the Acute Disease Service while performing Healthcare Associated Infections program activities.

Position Responsibilities /Essential Functions
•Plan and coordinate with state and federal partners in HAI prevention activities.
•Work with other OSDH personnel and healthcare provider partners, including hospitals, surgery centers, clinics, Long Term Care (LTC) and Long-term Acute Care (LTAC) facilities, dialysis centers, etc. to conduct HAI surveillance, case investigation, and cluster/outbreak response. 
•Conduct on-site healthcare facility infection control assessments to identify potential gaps in infection control practices, make recommendations from assessment findings and provide resources to address identified gaps.
•Present trainings, lectures, technical reports to healthcare facilities and state partners.
•Deployable to other regions within the state to assist with HAI-related outbreak response.
•Evaluate readiness of healthcare facilities to respond to cluster or outbreak investigations.
•Support county health departments in each designated region to develop strong infection prevention base to assist in directing healthcare facility activities.

Other Duties
Demonstrates knowledge of and supports mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior.
Works effectively in team environment, participating and assisting their peers.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Education and Experience
Requirements consist of possession of a valid Oklahoma license as a registered nurse as approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing or, Registered Nurse License recognized by the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) and a minimum of five years of professional nursing experience, OR, a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a minimum of four years of professional nursing experience, or a master’s degree and a minimum of three years of professional nursing experience.

Competitive applicants will possess experience in infection prevention and quality improvement within a healthcare facility setting, as well as knowledge of current state and national HAI and AR requirements.  Applicants with specific experience in long-term care or dialysis, recent role as infection preventionist, or current Certification in Infection Control are preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Applicants must possess knowledge of nursing and infection control practices, along with excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills and have experience providing clear expert guidance directly to physicians, nurses, and other healthcare staff.  Applicants must have the ability to be flexible and quickly adapt to urgent job responsibilities.  Applicant must have ability to build relationships within and outside of the organization. Applicant must also possess the ability to think critically, analyze data, work independently and collaborate with a team.  Applicant should have experience using Microsoft Office programs and a familiarity with basic database management.

Physical Demands and Work Environment
This position is primarily in an office environment.  While performing the duties of the job, employees are frequently required to stand, walk, lift, and reach.  Applicants must be willing to perform all job-related travel associated with this position. 

In-state travel is required to provide education and resources to local and county health departments, infection preventionists and frontline caregivers in a variety of healthcare facility types in Oklahoma, as well as conducting infection control assessments and investigations.

NOTES

REQUIREMENTS:
If education, certification or licensure is required to meet qualifications, applicants must provide documentation at the time of interview.
 

All applicants are subject to a background check and must be legally authorized to work in the United States without visa sponsorship.


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Conclusion

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