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Infection Prevention Practitioner

Job Code

30001452

Basic Function

The Infection Prevention Practitioner works at a section level of  Johns Hopkins Aramco Hospital (JHAH) facilities (inpatient, outpatient, medical designated facilities / miscellaneous) and interfaces with IPC Practitioners to lead related initiatives for surveillance of hospital acquired infections, education, construction, policy development, outbreak management, hand hygiene, environmental service liaison and process improvements

Scope

As a member of the Johns Hopkins Saudi Aramco infection prevention and control team, the Infection Prevention Practitioner responsibilities spans across the continuum of care within JHAH healthcare facilities. Delegated by the Infection Control coordinator to be responsible for the infection control activities /operation of a section (inpatient, outpatient, medical designated facilities / miscellaneous) of JHAH, may supervise at least 1 infection control practitioner. Additional duties include performing audits for compliance with hand hygiene, standard precautions, isolation practices, environmental rounds and compiling data and preparing reports related to these audits. In addition; individual will assist with communication related to infection control issues via publications, educational boards and in-services. Interactions between Senior ICP and other healthcare workers are in person, by telephone, and by email. Expert computer skills are required in terms of developing documents, preparing educational presentations, and analyzing data. Travel between facilities is often required. Responsibilities will also include instructing personnel in proper infection control procedures; investigating infection control problems and arranging follow-up care for patients exposed to infectious diseases; developing policies.

Principal Contacts

Daily with members of the infection prevention and control group, Infection control coordinator, clinical and non-clinical frontline healthcare workers

Ongoing with JHAH supervisors in clinical and non-clinical areas; chairman of infection control prevention and control committee.

Occasional public and community contact through communicating policy changes, revisions

Occasional contact with local vendors through JHAH representative, JHAH management

Principal Duties
  1. Delegated by the  Infection Control coordinator to be responsible for  the infection control activities /operation of a section (inpatient, outpatient, medical designated facilities / miscellaneous) of JHAH, who  may supervise at least 1 infection control practitioner
  2. Skilled at using NHSN (  healthcare associated infections surveillance definitions) and may validate NHSN surveillance conducted by others
  3. Independently performs surveillance, applies data mining principles, and can integrate both manual and electronic findings for comprehensive reporting
  4. Has more advanced knowledge of epidemiology and study design; can conduct basic cluster/epidemic investigations
  5. Possesses understanding of endemic vs epidemic rates, common or special cause variation
  6. Uses more advanced statistical tools (SIR, P values, standard deviation, odds ratio)
  7. Understands and/or uses more complex data display tools (control charts, affinity diagrams, and scatter plots).
  8. Able to interpret research data and apply findings to current practice
  9. Uses comparative analysis to support institutional accrediting, regulatory compliance, and others
  10. Interprets and applies meta-analyses; interprets research findings, identifies study limitations and bias
  11. Can design complex interventions, understands and applies principles of performance improvement (PI) and Implementation Science (IS) to both daily operations and special projects
  12. Independently uses PI and IS tools and methods; can chose and utilize approaches appropriate to stakeholder needs and project timelines
  13. Is an effective educator/presenter using a variety of skills and techniques
  14. Has experience with presenting to large audiences (internal and/or external)
  15. Knowledgeable about accreditation and other quality requirements pertaining to infection prevention and control
  16. Participates and/or leads goal planning activities, program assessment, budget development, or; can make effective business case for needed resources
  17. Supports the hospital quality Improvement program and structure by providing education, data generation, and analysis of key quality indicators.
Education

Bachelor degree in nursing or health care/clinical field such as microbiology or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience

Minimum 5 years’ experience in medical microbiology, infection control or epidemiology, or  infectious diseases in a hospital setting

Certifications/Other requirements as applicable
  • Current registration with the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology required
  • Must be detail-oriented,
  • Good oral and written communication skills.