Job Description

Infection Prevention Practitioner

Cancer care is all we do

Hope in healing

Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA®) takes a unique and integrative approach to cancer care. Our patient-centered care model is founded on a commitment to personalized medicine, tailoring a combination of treatments to the needs of each individual patient. At the same time, we support patients’ quality of life by offering therapies designed to help them manage the side effects of treatment, addressing their physical, spiritual and emotional needs, so they are better able to stay on their treatment regimens and get back to life. At the core of our whole-person approach is what we call the Mother Standard® of care, so named because it requires that we treat our patients, and one another, like we would want our loved ones to be treated. This innovative approach has earned our hospitals a Best Place to Work distinction and numerous accreditations. Each of us has a stake in the successful outcomes of every patient we treat.

Job Description:

JOB SUMMARY

To work independently, to implement, promote, and provide on-going system improvement while and maintaining an active infection control program through surveillance and investigative activities, consultation, education, policy development and research throughout Cancer Treatment Centers of America Phoenix.  To collaborate with staff, departments and administration to reduce the risk of hospital acquired infections among patients.  To assure that facilities and services are in compliance with infection control practices as well as local, state and regulatory infection control standards, and CDC.  The responsibilities encompass compliance with Joint Commission (JC) standards, CMS, OSHA, and state regulations, outbreak investigation, and overall direction of the infection prevention and control program.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Coordinate with the Infectious Disease Physicians for the independent development and implementation of the Infection Control and Prevention program to provide a safe and sanitary environment and ensure facility compliance with rules and regulations while improving system management and employing evidence-based standards in compliance with Joint Commission, CMS and OSHA. (20%)
  • Surveillance: Apply, implement, improve epidemiologic principles and statistical methods, including risk stratification, identify target population, analyze trends and risk factors. Design, implement, evaluate, improve prevention and control strategies. Conduct on-going surveillance using Center of Disease Control (CDC) infection criteria, documentation, and investigation of nosocomial infections through review of admission diagnoses, microbiology culture results, isolation orders, patient records, consultation requests, and post-discharge surveillance.(20%)
  • Develop and implement goals as well as develop and review policies that have been established by Infection Prevention Committee.  Annually review of goals and policies relevant to the program. Plan for clinics, health fairs and participate in annual skills fair for stakeholder education on Infection Control and Prevention.    (15%)
  • Conduct and participate in quality and performance improvement activities by assessing, monitoring, and measuring nosocomial infections and evaluating outcomes on a continuous basis. Select indicators based on the projected use of the data. Plan and participate in the budget process. Assist in the organization of regularly scheduled Hospital Infection Control meetings and dissemination of recommendations hospital-wide.
  • Education: Plan, organize, develop, implement and evaluate educational programs for all hospital employees including administrative and ancillary services which convey specialized knowledge and skills to increase employee awareness of existence of nosocomial infections; techniques for avoidance and preventive measures to provide a safe environment for hospital employees and patients.(10%)
  • Lead and assess environmental controls through surveillance of water supply systems as required, monitor pressure relationships for high risk environmental monitoring.  Lead and participate in investigations of unusual hospital infection outbreaks utilizing the microbiology laboratory, consultation with Infectious Disease Division, county/state public health departments, and when necessary in consultation with the Center for Disease Control. Report epidemiologically significant findings to appropriate customers (10%)
  • Maintain TheraDoc data mining software proficiency through TheraDoc University, conference workshops, webinars and software update training.  Enter data from the electronic health record into TheraDoc to complete patient record as required. Enter patient devices and device days into TheraDoc for rate calculation.  Report communicable diseases to Health Departments in Arizona and the patient’s state of residence as appropriate.  Communicate the patient status as needed with the state of residence Department of Health Communicable Disease or TB Control Officer for communicable diseases reportable to the specific state. (10%)
  • Review patient laboratory, electronic health record and outpatient records as necessary to validate and classify the infections as hospital acquired, healthcare acquired or community acquired according to National Healthcare Safety Network criteria. Maintain proficiency with National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) definitions and certification through mandatory learning modules on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) NHSN educational portal annually and as changes occur.   (5%)
  • Conduct and employ improvement strategies with environmental rounds in all inpatient and outpatient care areas. Collect data on the incidence of selected device use in identified intensive care units. (5%)
  • Review sterile processing logs, high level disinfection logs and conduct rounds in the sterile processing and decontamination areas. Ensuring patient and staff safety, a sanitary environment with sterile or high-level disinfected instruments, and equipment as appropriate. Provide education annually to stakeholders on the sterile processing, conduct surveillance on equipment and instruments. (5%)

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Three years of experience working in a healthcare setting required
  • Three years of experience in infection prevention Preferred
  • Education
  • Bachelors of Science of Nursing (BSN) degree with active Arizona RN License or advanced degree in related field (Health Administration, Business, Public Health, or management)
  • Certification in Infection Prevention and Control preferred
  • Training
  • Completion of Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology courses within 6 months of hire

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We win together

Each CTCA employee is a Stakeholder, driven to make a true difference and help win the fight against cancer. Each day is a challenge, but this unique experience comes with rewards that you may never have thought possible. To ensure each team member brings his or her best self, we offer exceptional support and immersive training to encourage your personal and professional growth. If you’re ready to be part of something bigger and work with a passionate, dynamic group of care professionals, we invite you to join us. 

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