Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center & Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

  • Infection Preventionist

    Job ID
    12063
    Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Company
    Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
    Location
    US-WA-Seattle
  • Overview

    The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), located in Seattle, Washington, is part of a dynamic collaboration among three organizations known nationally and internationally for their patient care and research: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington, and Seattle Children's. Over the past 25 years, these institutions have worked together to support their mission of adult and pediatric oncology patient care services, research and education.

     

    The Infection Prevention Program is part of the SCCA Quality, Safety & Value Department and reporting up to the Director of Quality & Patient Safety.

     

    The professional practice of the Infection Preventionist (IP) role is directed by the SCCA Infection Prevention Medical Director and reports to the Infection Prevention Program Manager. The IP works to prevent healthcare-acquired infections (HAI’s) by isolating sources of infections and limiting their spread through the systematic collection, evaluation, investigation and dissemination of infection data.

     

    The IP participates in planning, developing, implementing and evaluating infection prevention processes and systems across all SCCA inpatient and outpatient sites of care. The IP will advise and consult with leaders, clinical care teams, patients, families and contracted staff on efforts to proactively identify infection risks and appropriate evidenced-based best practice strategies to assure safety for patients, visitors, providers and staff.

    Responsibilities

    • Conducts ongoing surveillance of infection data. Investigates infection occurrences or outbreaks through review of patient records, laboratory reporting, Patient Safety Net and appointment data for possible contributing factors. Performs required documentation of findings and interventions taken
    • Maintains records of identified infection related incidents, trends or events
    • Applies epidemiologic principles and statistical methods to identify target populations, trends and risk factors
    • Develops and reviews policies and procedures to assure compliance with CDC, OSHA, Joint Commission, WA State Department of Health, CMS and other applicable regulatory and national standards
    • Conducts rounds throughout facility to observe and discuss infection prevention practices with care team members. Identifies improvement opportunities; consults with leaders to address
    • Collaborates with SCCA Building Services, Facilities Engineering, Environmental Health & Safety, Housekeeping services and architectural/construction contracted personnel—provides ongoing surveillance and assessment of infection prevention factors related to the environment of care (water & air quality, general environmental cleanliness, infection control barriers, etc.)
    • Participates and advises in the design and construction/renovation of patient care spaces
    • Collaborates with Fred Hutch Occupational Health in assessing potential staff/provider occupational exposures at work. Collaborate with IP Medical Director on recommendations
    • Utilizes facility information systems or other public resources to gather appropriate infection prevention/control information (ORCA, EPIC, Theradoc, Amalga data platform, etc.) Appropriately interprets, prepares data for dissemination for education and performance improvement activities
    • Assures required HAI public reporting is performed accurately and within expected timeframes (NHSN/CDC, WA State/CMS, etc.)
    • Directs and/or participates in data driven continuous performance improvement activities through monitoring and measuring of HAI infections and other care outcome information
    • Assures required reporting of patient notifiable conditions as required in WAC 246-101-101
    • Participates in the organization of regularly scheduled infection control committee meetings and activities
    • Participates in continuing education activities at the departmental, state and national levels to promote personal growth and maintain a current knowledge base commensurate with latest research and knowledge
    • Pursues professional development from novice to expert Infection Preventionist as guided by the APIC Competency Model

    Qualifications

    Education:

    • Healthcare associated degree required.
    • Master’s Degree in Public Health or Epidemiology or BSN preferred.

    Experience:

    • Professional certification in infection control (obtain within 3 years of hire if not currently certified).
    • Minimum of 2 years infection prevention experience to include evidence of Certification Board of Infection Control & Epidemiology core competencies
    • Experience with high-level disinfection and sterilization regulatory requirements and best practice guidelines
    • 2-3 years of experience in a healthcare setting; oncology related experience preferred

    Key Skills, Abilities and Knowledge:

    • Effective collaboration and interpersonal skills
    • Effective communication skills—able to accurately, clearly present verbal and/or written information
    • Ability to apply mathematical concepts (percentages, rates, etc)
    • Able to identify problems, collect relevant data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions
    • Able to apply logic or scientific thinking to broad ranges of problems
    • Computer and IT systems competencies: accurate/effective data entry, retrieval, validation, analysis and display
    • Knowledgeable and skilled in continuous performance improvement principles and tools/techniques
    • Knowledge of epidemiological implications of caring for cancer patients preferred
    • Knowledge of high-level disinfection and sterilization regulatory requirements and best practice guidelines preferred

    Our Commitment to Diversity

    We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity and VEVRAA Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class. We are an Affirmative Action employer. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to our Employee Services Center at escmail@fredhutch.org or by calling 206-667-4700.

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