Infection Control Practitioner
The Infection Control Practitioner, under the clinical direction of the Chair of the Infection Control Committee is responsible for planning, directing, implementing and evaluating the Hospital-Wide Infection control program. Performs administrative duties required for effective program operations.
1. Surveillance Activities
- Conducts environmental rounds in patient care units, clinical and ancillary support services and the general facility to assess availability of supplies, clinical practices, handling practices, sanitation and maintenance, and engineering controls.
- Review infected/colonized patients who need to be recultured and possibly removed from contact precautions.
- Resource person regarding monitoring and referral of employee illnesses to ensure follow-up care of exposure situations, infectious and/or communicable diseases.
- Identifies patients who are infected and/or colonized with organisms capable of producing nosocomial infections.
2. Prevention Activities
- Recommends changes in hospital procedures that relate to infection control, accepted practice guidelines and applicable laws and regulations.
- Develops and maintains policies and procedures to direct the activities for infection prevention, identification and control.
3. Control Activities
- Reviews laboratory culture reports and monitors appropriate infection precautions and equipment are in place.
- Identifies trends in antibiotic resistant organisms and reports information at appropriate committee meetings.
- Participates in the implementation of the Exposure Control Plan
- In the event of a threat of an outbreak of infection, under direction of the Chair of the Infection Control Committee, institutes appropriate control measures.
4. Consultation Activities
- Reviews Department Managers’ infection control specific policies/procedures for sound epidemiological principals prior to submission to the Infection Control committee for approval.
- Functions as a clinical resource to implement activities proven effective in reducing infections.
- Serves on committees, as appropriate, which are involved in selection, evaluation, and design which impact the infection control function and support of programs, Infection Control Committee, Performance Improvement, and Product Improvement Committee.
- Consults with outpatient service areas so they can report infectionous diseases to the Chicago Department of Public Health.
5. Educational Activities
- Participates in the hospital-wide orientation and mandatory in-services.
- Provides materials and resources for patient/family education.
- Collaborates with Educational Coordinators and department managers to provide specific in-service education.
6. Reports and Data Analysis
- Collects, tabulates analyzes and reports results of surveillance activities.
- Reports monthly nosocomial infections to Infection Control Committee.
- Collects required data and completes reports on infectious diseases for the Chicago Department of Public Health, State and Federal regulatory agencies and submits reports in a timely manner.
- Other duties as assigned.
- BSN, Medical Technologist or Bachelors Degree in Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Related Biological Sciences; Master’s degree preferred.
MINIMUM WORK EXPERIENCE:
- 5 or more years of clinical experience preferred and 2 years of experience in Infection Control or Public Health preferred
REQUIRED LICENSES, Certificates, Registrations:
- Registered Nurse or MT (ASCP) in the State of Illinois preferred
Special Instructions on how to apply:
To apply for this position please email your resume to email@example.com with the position title in the subject line. You may also fax your resume to (773)257-6290 attention Marisa Robertson. Applications can also be obtained in person at 15th and California from the Human Resources department Monday - Friday from 8:30am - 4:30pm. Sinai Health System is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/V/D. TTY number: 773-257-6289.