Infection Preventionist Quality, Safety and Risk Prevention Department
JOB SUMMARY: Responsible for identifying, investigating, monitoring, and reporting healthcare-associated infections within the VUMC Ambulatory Clinics. Collaborates with teams and individuals to create infection prevention strategies, provide feedback, and sustain infection prevention strategies.
Assist in planning, developing, implementing, managing and evaluating infection prevention surveillance and epidemiologic investigation activities through a collaborative role with the department leadership as evidenced by the Infection Control Plan. Utilize epidemiologist principles to conduct surveillance and investigations.
Identifies infectious diseases and develops a liaison role in public health disease reporting and emergency preparedness/emerging disease notification. Evaluates reports for communicable diseases as required by Tennessee State Law Chapter 1200-14-1 Notifiable Diseases to local and state health departments for completeness and coordinates with state and local health department officials for missing data.
Preventing and controlling the transmission of infectious agents through evidence based infection prevention policies and procedures through collaboration with internal and external groups by identifying infection prevention strategies related to hand hygiene, control of environmental pathogens (Legionella, Aspergillus, etc.), recall of potentially contaminated equipment, food, medication, supplies, and transmission based precautions.
Develops management and communication strategies to facilitate planning, communication and feedback, and quality/performance improvement and safety activities. Utilizes Performance Improvement methodology as a means of enacting change.
Designs and delivers training and educational offerings relative to infection prevention for staff/faculty, students, volunteers, patients and families on the educational level appropriate for each group based on assessment of the learning needs.
Collaborate regarding counseling, follow up, and work restriction recommendations related to communicable diseases/exposures in patients, employees, and communities.
Recognizes and monitors elements important for a safe care environment including heating, ventilation, humidity, water standards, and construction issues that impact patient care settings.
Identifies and evaluates appropriate cleaning, sterilization, and disinfection practices and quality control measures. Applies expert organizations' sterilization and disinfection recommendations to facilitate compliance and make recommendations.
Quality, Safety and Risk Prevention (QSRP) equips and empowers VUMC faculty and staff to offer care that is safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable and patient-centered.
The various teams within QSRP foster VUMC knowledge sharing to extend best practice use, reduce variability and facilitate improvements in outcomes.
QSRP strengthens VUMC's mission to create best patient care through education, research and knowledge dissemination.
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* US News & World Report: #1 Adult Hospital in Tennessee and metropolitan Nashville, named to the Best Hospitals Honor Roll of the top 20 adult hospitals, 10 nationally ranked adult specialty programs, with 3 specialties rated in the top 10 nationally, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt named as one of the Best Children's Hospital in the nation, with 10 out of 10 pediatric specialties nationally ranked.
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* Becker's Hospital Review: named as one of the "100 Great Hospitals in America", in the roster of 100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs and to its list of the 100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs.
* The Leapfrog Group: One of only 10 children's hospitals in the to be named at Leapfrog Top Hospital.
* American Association for the Advancement of Science: The School of Medicine has 112 elected fellows
* Magnet Recognition Program: Received our third consecutive Magnet designations.
* National Academy of Medicine: 22 members, elected by their peers in recognition of outstanding achievement
* Human Rights Campaign Healthcare Equality Index: 6 th year in a row that Vanderbilt University Medical Center was a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality.
INFECTION PREVENTION (INTERMEDIATE): Demonstrates infection prevention skills in practical applications. Trains and educates by setting the example and giving technical instruction.
INFECTION PREVENTION INFORMATICS (INTERMEDIATE): Has a working knowledge of surveillance technology and leverages data inputs to help identify healthcare associated infections and other reportable infections as well as managing automated reporting.
INFECTION PREVENTION RESEARCH (INTERMEDIATE): Incorporates research constructs into the IP program in order to synthesize, apply and evaluate research while applying evidence based IP principles in challenging and complex situations.
PROFESSIONAL STEWARDSHIP (INTERMEDIATE): Demonstrates accountability through communication, education, relationship building, and behavior change.
CONTINUOUS PROCESS IMPROVEMENT (INTERMEDIATE): - Identifies, analyzes and improves upon existing business processes for optimization and to meet standards of quality. Coaches senior and executive leadership in defining metrics and goals.
LEADERSHIP (INTERMEDIATE): - Formulates a vision while motivating & guiding employees promoting engagement. Leaders state precise goals, ensures the commitment of individuals to those goals, defines the methods of measurement, and provides the incentive to accomplish measureable outcomes.
SUPPORTING COLLEAGUES (P2):
- Develops Self and Others: Invests time, energy and enthusiasm in developing self/others to help improve performance and gain knowledge in new areas.
- Builds and Maintains Relationships: Maintains regular contact with key colleagues and stakeholders using formal and informal opportunities to expand and strengthen relationships.
- Communicates Effectively: Recognizes group interactions and modifies one's own communication style to suit different situations and audiences.
DELIVERING EXCELLENT SERVICES (P2):
- Serves Others with Compassion: Seeks to understand current and future needs of relevant stakeholders and customizes services to better address them.
- Solves Complex Problems: Approaches problems from different angles; Identifies new possibilities to interpret opportunities and develop concrete solutions.
- Offers Meaningful Advice and Support: Provides ongoing support and coaching in a constructive manner to increase employees' effectiveness.
ENSURING HIGH QUALITY (P2):
- Performs Excellent Work: Engages regularly in formal and informal dialogue about quality; directly addresses quality issues promptly.
- Ensures Continuous Improvement: Applies various learning experiences by looking beyond symptoms to uncover underlying causes of problems and identifies ways to resolve them.
- Fulfills Safety and Regulatory Requirements: Understands all aspects of providing a safe environment and performs routine safety checks to prevent safety hazards from occurring.
MANAGING RESOURCES EFFECTIVELY (P2):
- Demonstrates Accountability: Demonstrates a sense of ownership, focusing on and driving critical issues to closure.
- Stewards Organizational Resources: Applies understanding of the departmental work to effectively manage resources for a department/area.
- Makes Data Driven Decisions: Demonstrates strong understanding of the information or data to identify and elevate opportunities.
FOSTERING INNOVATION (P2):
- Generates New Ideas: Proactively identifies new ideas/opportunities from multiple sources or methods to improve processes beyond conventional approaches.
- Applies Technology: Demonstrates an enthusiasm for learning new technologies, tools, and procedures to address short-term challenges.
- Adapts to Change: Views difficult situations and/or problems as opportunities for improvement; actively embraces change instead of emphasizing negative elements.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is home to Vanderbilt University Hospital, The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and the Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital. These hospitals experienced more than 61,000 inpatient admissions during fiscal year 2015. Vanderbilt’s adult and pediatric clinics treated nearly 2 million patients during this same period. Vanderbilt University Hospital and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt are recognized again this year by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals as among the nation’s best with 18 nationally ranked specialties. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is world renowned because of the innovation, work ethic and collegiality of its employees. From our health care advances to our compassionate care, Vanderbilt owes its accomplishments and reputation to staff and faculty who bring skill and drive and innovation to the medical center day after day. World-leading academic departments and comprehensive centers of excellence pursue scientific discoveries and transformational educational and clinical advances across the entire spectrum of health and disease.As t...he largest employer in middle Tennessee, we welcome those who are interested in ongoing development in a caring, culturally sensitive and professional atmosphere. Most of us spend so much of our lives at work, we want to be part of maintaining a workplace in which people support one another and encourage reaching for excellence. Many high-achieving employees stay at Vanderbilt because of the professional growth they experience and because of their appreciation of Vanderbilt’s benefits, public events and discussions, athletic opportunities, beautiful setting and, above all, sense of community and purpose.Vanderbilt and its employees share a set of mutual expectations that have been created with productivity, legality, fairness and safety always in mind. We believe that our investment in training and compensating employees multiplies in value when we enable individuals to deliver their best performance for the benefit of us all.