1.Collection and analysis of infection data with ability to apply CDC criteria to determine he presence or absence of infection or communicable disease for all ages and types of patients. 2.Development and review of policies and procedures that relate to isolation, hand hygiene, standard precautions, care and cleaning of equipment and others as required by changes in the facility, best practices or regulatory requirements. 3.Education efforts directed at interventions to reduce infection risks, formal and informal to include new employee education, annual updates, department specific, volunteer, patient/family, physician, community or others as indicated. 4.Application of epidemiological principles including activities directed at improving patient outcomes. 5.Liaison with Employee Health and consult on infectious risk to employees i.e. TB, blood exposure or sharps injuries, exposure to communicable disease, vaccine updates etc. 6.Participate with the health department and other applicable regulatory agencies to report communicable disease and collaborate with the Safety Committee for larger scale events or influx of infectious patients. 7.Collaborate and communicate with all levels in the organization and provide expertise in the prevention and control of infection. 8.Recommend and review products as indicated. 9.Consultation on environmental issues such as overall cleanliness, air exchanges, isolation rooms and negative pressure, water quality, construction and renovations (ICRA) to review, monitor and make recommendations as needed. 10.Maintain knowledge base through literature review, webinars, conferences and other education opportunities. 11. Manage databases, input and review data.
For RNs: ADN required, BSN preferred. For MicroTech/Epidemiologist: Bachelor's Degree in respective field required.
Three years of clinical experience in hospital setting desired.
Ability to perform the essential functions of this position, with or without reasonable accommodation and without posing a direct threat to the health and safety of self or others. Ability to comply with all Good Shepherd policies and procedures that are job-related and consistent with business necessity. Ability to effectively communicate with patients and provide competent care as appropriate to the ages of patients served by this position.
CHRISTUS HEALTH is an international Catholic, faith-based, not-for-profit health system comprised of almost more than 600 services and facilities, including more than 60 hospitals and long-term care facilities, 350 clinics and outpatient centers, and dozens of other health ministries and ventures. CHRISTUS operates in 6 U.S. states, Colombia, Chile and 6 states in Mexico. To support our health care ministry, CHRISTUS Health employs approximately 45,000 Associates and has more than 15,000 physicians on medical staffs who provide care and support for patients. CHRISTUS Health is listed among the top ten largest Catholic health systems in the United States.