We are looking for a Infection Prevention Specialist for
Infection Control at St. Mary Medical Center.
Location: Apple Valley, CA
Work Schedule: Full Time - 80 Biweekly Hours
Shift: 8-hour, Days
The Infection Control Practitioner is responsible on a daily
basis to provide surveillance; consultation and ongoing education
related to Infection Control and Epidemiology practices to hospital
and ambulatory care departments. The Infection Control Practitioner
also coordinates activities in concert with the department Director
in support of the development and implementation of program goals
and design elements, the formulation of surveillance systems,
assessment instruments, and intervention strategies; the
preparation of policies and procedures, the analysis and evaluation
of quantitative data and descriptive information, the development
of monitoring functions; compliance with accreditation regulatory
codes and standards. The Infection Control Practitioner works
independently and requires limited supervision.
* Coordinates and performs comprehensive surveillance activities
and applies an epidemiological approach to the identification of
emerging infection control issues, including chart review,
record-keeping, updating of databases, and preparation of summary
reports. * Provides a professional consulting role on interventions
to address infection control and epidemiological issues for
hospital and ambulatory care staff, physicians, and where
applicable, patients. * Actively participates in the research,
development and implementation of current infection control
policies and practices, working collaboratively with related
hospital departments and staff to ensure appropriate and workable
systems. * Provides an ongoing framework of formal and informal
educational programs to hospital personnel to facilitate awareness
of and compliance to current infection control practices. * Assists
in the coordination and preparation of agenda items for the
Infection Control Committee to assure that issues requiring
committee action are fully researched and presented in a timely
manner, and that progress to established committee goals is made. *
Performs environmental rounds, in concert with the Safety Committee
process, to survey infection control practices and identify issues,
with coordination of reports back to area supervisors on related
compliance issues. * Designs and develops surveillance strategies
and programs to collect and analyze information for the purpose of
documenting, monitoring and evaluating individual and aggregate
infection control performance data. * Designs, develops, and
implements infection control audits, risk assessment, intervention
strategies, and corrective action plans which prevent or reduce
nosocomial infection transmission. * Prepares technical and
administrative policies and procedures for the prevention and
control of transmissible etiological agents.
* Knowledge of Infection Prevention and Control, Microbiology,
and Performance Improvement. * Inter-personal skills in
communicating with all customers. * Ability to identify, assess,
and implement solutions to problems at the point of service. *
Minimum Position Qualifications:
* Bachelor's Degree in Health care-related science or equivalent
experience. * Coursework/Training - Complete formal training within
the 1st year of hire into the position.
* Two (2) years of experience working in an acute care hospital.
* Two (2) years of experience in Infection Prevention and
License / Certifications:
* License as required to practice in a specific discipline. *
Certification in Infection Control.
Preferred Position Qualifications:
Education: Coursework/Training - Completion of advanced APIC or
equivalent class related to Infection Control/ Employee Health.
* Experience with statistical analysis techniques. * Experience
with Microsoft word processing and database management applications
St. Mary Medical Center (SMMC) is an acute care hospital with
213 beds and over 1,750 employees making it one of the region's
largest employers serving communities of the High Desert. The
facility was constructed in 1956 and joined the St. Joseph Health
System in 1992.
This facility has the only Neonatal Care Unit in the High Desert
Accredited by California Children Services and has been granted
approval as a Special Hospital with the California Children's
Services Community Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. St. Mary was
accredited as a primary Stroke Receiving Center in 2018, the only
stroke-receiving center in the High Desert.
The Services and Clinical Specialties offered at this Hospital
are Diabetes Education, Emergency Services, Heart and Vascular
Services, Imaging Services, Rehabilitation Services, Respiratory
Services, Robotic Surgery Services, Surgical Services, Women &
Children's Services and Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine.