Manager of Infection Prevention

  • Location: Plymouth, MA
  • Posted: Sep 12, 2019

Job Description

Links mission into day-to-day work, focuses on meeting organization/departmental targets, and recommends or develops plans for improvement, and assuring regulatory compliance.
Promotes individual professional growth and development by meeting requirements for mandatory/continuing education and skills competency; supports department-based goals which contribute to the successes of the organization; serves as preceptor, mentor, and resource to less experienced staff.
Provides leadership and direction of infection prevention program. Exercises independent judgement in recruiting, training, coaching, supervising, and responsibly directing assigned staff.
Conducts ongoing analysis and reporting of infection prevention data. Represents infection prevention in interdisciplinary meetings including quality and performance improvement.
Trains, supervises, and schedules infection prevention staff. Adjusts daily work assignments to meet the demands of the department. Monitors and evaluates performance of infection prevention staff and activities.
Conducts ongoing surveillance investigation and follow-up of infections through review of admission diagnoses, microbiology culture results, isolation orders, patient records, consultation requests, post-discharge surveillance, and autopsy findings.
Conducts environmental rounds in all inpatient and outpatient care areas. Analyzes trends and risk factors, and designs and evaluates prevention and control strategies.
Investigates and reports episodes of unusual hospital infection outbreaks.
Compiles and interprets surveillance reports for committees and specialty areas on a regular basis.
Directs regularly scheduled meetings and the dissemination of recommendations hospital-wide. Participates in quality/performance improvement activities by assessing, monitoring, and measuring hospital acquired infections and evaluating outcomes on a continuous improvement plan.
Organizes, develops, and implements new employee orientation and education programs for employees (including administrative and ancillary services) to convey specialized knowledge and skills of awareness of existence of infections. Includes techniques for avoidance and preventative measures to ensure an infection-free environment for hospital employees, patients, and visitors.
Collaborates with employee health on reporting and follow-up of employee exposures to communicable diseases and illness/injury occurrences.
Conducts ICRAs for all construction.
Provides required Public Health reports, and reports to appropriate agencies.
Products/Policies/Procedures: Makes recommendations regarding products and procedures for cleaning, disinfection and sterilization to minimize the transmission of infectious diseases. Assists in the development of new guidelines, policies and procedures and in review, revision/updating of current policies and procedures based on current literature, regulatory agencies, and data generated through surveillance.
Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Education/Experience Required:
Bachelors degree in public health, epidemiology, nursing or other equivalent discipline in the field of infectious disease and prevention required.
Masters in nursing, public health, or epidemiology preferred.
Minimum of 5 years as an infection preventionist in a hospital setting.
Minimum of 2 years of leadership experience required.
Experience and knowledge in infection prevention practices, microbiology, epidemiology, and adult learning.
Ability to deliver financial results for areas of accountability.
Proficient use of computers including MS Office applications.
Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
Ability to gather and organize data in a thorough and effective manner with strong analytical skills.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Creative problem-solving ability.
Strong leadership skills.
Ability to motivate and encourage staff.
Proactive, takes initiative.
Ability to work well with others, makes decisions, problem solve and delegate.

Professional certification in infection control (CIC) preferred, must be obtained within 1 year of date of hire.
Maintain membership and active participation in the Association for Practitioners in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).
If RN or other healthcare professional, must have current Massachusetts licensure.

Employment Type

  • Full time

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital - Plymouth

275 Sandwich Street
Plymouth, MA 02360

Phone: (508) 830-2030

Fax: (508) 830-2030