Department: RCH Infection Control
Scheduled Weekly Hours: 32
Shift: Day (United States of America)
The Infection Preventionist RN position works under the direction of
the Regional Health Director of Infection Prevention. The Infection Preventionist RN
position is responsible for the surveillance program (data and observational); and
implementing, facilitating, and monitoring infection control prevention standards that
impact patients, visitors, volunteers and healthcare workers. The Infection Preventionist RN
serves as a resource and provides education to providers and caregivers regarding
interpretation of policies, procedures, and practice. The Infection Preventionist RN is
responsible for assisting with the development of policies and procedures to ensure rigorous
infection control standards meet the recommendations and requirements of the Joint
Commission, Centers for Medicaid/Medicare Services, Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC), and other national organized agencies. The Infection Preventionist RN
participates in safe and quality patient care by identifying risks and initiating
appropriate interventions and their outcomes.
Job Description: Essential Functions:
principles and statistical methods, including risk stratification, to identify target
population, analyze trends, and risk factors, and design and evaluate prevention and control
Conducts on-going surveillance using CDC infection criteria,
documentation, and investigation of nosocomial infections through review of admission
diagnosis, microbiology culture results, isolation orders, patient records, consultation
requests, post-discharge surveillance findings.
Conducts patient and
environmental rounds in all inpatient and outpatient areas.
investigations of unusual hospital infection outbreaks utilizing the microbiology
laboratory, consultation with Infectious Disease Division, county/state public health
departments, and when necessary in consultation with the Center for Disease Control.
Report epidemiologically significant findings to appropriate stakeholders.
Participate in quality/performance improvement activities by assessing,
monitoring, and measuring nosocomial infections and evaluating outcomes on a continuous
Assist in the organization of regularly scheduled Hospital Infection
Control meetings and dissemination of recommendations hospital-wide education.
Plan, organize, develop and implement educational programs for all hospital employees
including administrative and ancillary services which convey specialized knowledge and
skills to increase employee awareness of existence of nosocomial infections; techniques for
avoidance and preventive measures to provide a safe environment for hospital employees and
Develop appropriate informational materials at appropriate level of
understanding and need.
Assists collecting data, assessing market needs, and
developing and implementing the annual Infection Control Plan.
Serve as a
knowledgeable and available resource on infection control practices and policies to
patients, families, staff, and caregivers.
Light work - Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.
Associates - Nursing and, Bachelors - Nursing, Infection Control Certification (CIC) - Accredited University or accredited training professionals, Infection Control Experience, Registered Nurse (RN) - South Dakota Board of Nursing, Registered Nurse Experience
Regional Health offers a highly competitive and comprehensive benefits package that looks out for you and your family. We recognize there are many types of families, with many different needs. That's why our plans are flexible, allowing you to select the individual benefits which fit your personal needs.
Regional Health is an integrated health care system with the purpose of helping patients and communities live well. The organization, with headquarters in Rapid City, S.D., provides community-based health care in more than 20 communities in two states and 32 specialty areas of medicine. As the largest private employer in western South Dakota, Regional Health is comprised of five hospitals, 24 clinic locations and employs nearly 5,000 physicians and caregivers. Regional Health is committed to the future of medicine, with medical training partnerships, a medical residency program, and more than 130 active research studies.
How to Apply:
Come join us in our pursuit to become the best healthcare system in America!
Regional Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.