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Infection Control Practitioner

Job Ref: 27136

Talent Area: RN - Performance Improvement/Quality

Houston Methodist Hospital
Houston, TX 77030

Area/Department: Infection Prevention

Employment Type: Regular

Job Type: Full-Time

Organization: Houston Methodist

Work Shift: DAY

Work Week: M - F

Company Profile

Since its founding in 1919, Houston Methodist Hospital has earned worldwide recognition. Houston Methodist Hospital is affiliated with the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, one of the nation's leading centers for medical education and research.  Houston Methodist is consistently ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospital” list and was recently named the number one hospital in Texas. FORTUNE magazine has placed Houston Methodist on its annual list of “100 Best Companies To Work For” since 2006.  Houston Methodist Hospital directs millions of research dollars into patient care and offers the latest innovations in medical, surgical and diagnostic techniques. With 1,119 licensed beds, 67 operating rooms and over 6,000 employees, Houston Methodist offers complete care for patients from around the world.

Job Summary

The Infection Control Practitioner is responsible for implementing and maintaining the multiple facets of the Infection Control Program of the Methodist Hospital.  He/she is a liaison between all departments and the Infection Prevention and Control Committee.  This individual maintains a routine surveillance program of patients, personnel, and the environmental problems that present a real or potential threat to the welfare of patients, visitors, or personnel throughout the institution.

Describe the age group of primary customers/patients served if applicable to this position.

X Not applicable ¿ School Age (6-12 years)
¿ Neonate (Birth to 28 days) ¿ Adolescence (12-18 years)
¿ Infants/Toddlers (29 days to 18 months) ¿ Young Adult (19-40 Years)
¿ Toddler (18 months to 3 years) ¿ Middle Adult (40-65 Years)
¿ Preschooler (3-6 years) ¿ Mature Adult (65 years and older)

System and department specific ICARE values

INTEGRITY: We are honest and ethical in all we say and do.
COMPASSION: We embrace the whole person including emotional, ethical, physical, and spiritual needs.
ACCOUNTABILITY: We hold ourselves accountable for all our actions.
RESPECT: We treat every individual as a person of worth, dignity, and value.
EXCELLENCE: We strive to be the best at what we do and a model for others to emulate.

Duties and Responsibilities are cross-referenced to the hospital¿s Pillars of Excellence and will be transferred to Performance Evaluation.

1. Participate/promote communication within the infection control team.

1. Maintain appropriate documentation for regulatory compliance.

1. Recognize, evaluate, and make recommendations to control or prevent transmission of infection in the healthcare setting. Maintain a practical, effective surveillance system to facilitate identification of potential prevention or control strategies.
2. Recognize and investigate clusters of infection exceeding endemic conditions.
3. Follows all safety rules while on the job.  Reports accidents promptly and corrects minor safety hazards.  Communicates with peers and management regarding any hazards identified in the workplace.

1. Provide infection control training and act as an infection control resource.
2. Provide 24-hour coverage for infection control as indicated.

1. Seek out and identify educational opportunities relevant to infectious disease, hospital epidemiology, or other areas for professional growth.

This position description is not intended to be all inclusive, and the employee will also perform other reasonably related business duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor and other management as required. The Methodist Hospital reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.

BS in Nursing or BS in Medical Technology, Microbiology, Masters in Public Health or other appropriate Health Science discipline.

The Infection Control Practitioner should have a minimum of 4 years¿ experience as a registered nurse, medical technologist, microbiologist or other appropriate discipline in an acute care setting.  Previous experience in infection control, operating room or public health is desirable.

Registered Nurse with a current license, Medical Technologist, Microbiologist or other appropriate Health Science discipline.
Certification in Infection Control required or certification eligible with exam pending

Sound knowledge of asepsis essential.  Continuing education in microbiology, epidemiology and statistics should be acquired if not present at time of employment.
Must have ability to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing.
Must possess evidence of leadership and a strong aptitude for teaching.
Basic computer skills

Equal Employment Opportunity

Houston Methodist is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Equal employment opportunity is a sound and just concept to which Houston Methodist is firmly bound. Houston Methodist will not engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with Houston Methodist on the basis of  race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law.

VEVRAA Federal Contractor – priority referral Protected Veterans requested.