• Infection Control Practitioner - Full Time Days

    Requisition Post Information* : Posted Date 2 weeks ago(11/30/2018 3:33 PM)
    Job ID
    2018-16353
    Shift
    Day
    Type
    Full-Time Regular
    CBA Code
    Non-Union
  • Job Description

    Bring Your Passion to the Forefront:

    Infection Control Practitioner

     

    Area: 370340 – Infection Surveillance

    Shift: 40 hours per week (1.0) / Day shift, 8-hour shifts

     

    Job Summary:

    The infection control practitioner works with the hospital epidemiologist, other members of the infection control program, hospital administration and staff to develop and implement the hospital-wide infection control program.  Activities include investigation of infection problems and outbreaks, formulation of infection control policies and procedures, performance of ward and laboratory-based infection surveillance, identification and follow-up of significant pathogens (i.e., perform pulse-field gel electrophoresis), and education of hospital personnel.

     

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Designs and implements surveillance plans to detect nosocomial infections and outbreaks.
    • Collects and analyzes clinical and laboratory data to accurately detect and characterize nosocomial infections.
    • Reviews Clinical Microbiology Laboratory results to identify cases of colonization or infection by epidemiologically important organisms.
    • Accurately interprets laboratory data, including organism identification, antibiotic susceptibility testing, and pulse-field gel electrophoresis
    • Performs complex analysis of data, and prepares reports, including relevant charts, tables and graphs, of hospital related outbreaks.
    • Assesses the need for isolation precautions and institutes these precautions correctly
    • Investigates and accurately characterizes suspected hospital infection problems, including exposures to communicable diseases and occurrences of possible outbreaks

     

    Required Qualifications

    • Must have a current RN licensure in Illinois
    • Certification in infection control Required
    • Must hold a bachelor's degree in microbiology or clinical laboratory science, or MT (ASCP) certification as a medical technologist with at least 3 years of experience in microbiology; or a master's degree in public health.
    • Must have at least three years of work experience in an acute care setting or health related field, such as direct patient care, clinical or laboratory research, epidemiology or infectious disease.
    • Must be able to identify common bacterial and fungal pathogens, be able to accurately perform basic laboratory procedures and critically evaluate laboratory and clinical methods, procedure, and results.
    • Must be able to work independently to collect and critically evaluate information to characterize and manage infection problems. Must have ability to identify best approaches to problems/questions and determine when to seek outside or more senior advice.
    • Must be able to identify and evaluate situations, which place patients or staff at immediate infection risk, and formulate and implement timely interventions to ameliorate risk.
    • Requires understanding of basic epidemiologic methods and statistics.
    • When on-call, must be able to respond to a page or telephone call and report to the Hospitals, if needed, within 1 hour.

    Licenses/Certifications 

    •  RN licensure in Illinois

     

    Why Join Us

    We’ve been at the forefront of medicine since 1899. We provide superior healthcare with compassion, always mindful that each patient is a person, an individual. To accomplish this, we need employees with passion, talent and commitment… with patients and with each other. We’re in this together: working to advance medical innovation, serve the health needs of the community, and move our collective knowledge forward. If you’d like to add enriching human life to your profile, The University of Chicago Medicine is for you. Here at the forefront, we’re doing work that really matters. Join us. Bring your passion.

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    Bring your career to the next level at a hospital that is thriving; from patient satisfaction to employee engagement, we are at the Forefront of Medicine. Take advantage of all we have to offer and #BringYourPassiontotheForefront,

    University of Chicago Medicine is growing; discover how you can be a part of this pursuit of excellence at: www.uchospitals.edu/jobs 

    The University of Chicago Medical Center is an equal opportunity employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, civil union status, parental status, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status and other legally protected characteristics.

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