MUHA CT91 - Infection Preventionist I

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Entity: Medical University Hospital Authority (Medical Center)
Department: Quality Service Line - Quality Management
Sub Department: MUHA-9618000-Infection Control
Work type: Full-Time
Employee Type: MUHA-Regular
Location: Charleston, SC-Main Campus
Categories: Nursing Support/Patient Care, Respiratory
Pay scale: MUHA- Grade 15

Entity/Organization:  MUHA (Medical University Hospital Authority/Medical Center)

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Fair Labor Standards Act Status: Salaried

Description: The Infection Preventionist I reports to the Manager of Infection Prevention. Under general supervision, the Infection Preventionist I utilizes evidence-based practices/guidelines with the ultimate goal of preventing healthcare-associated infections. This role collects, analyzes and reports surveillance data for healthcare-associated infections and identifies and investigates clusters or outbreaks of infection. This position evaluates patient care and hospital infection prevention practices in MUSC outpatient and inpatient settings to ensure compliance with regulatory guidelines, hospital policies/procedures and evidence-based practices. The IP I reviews policies, protocols, and scientific literature and educates MUSC staff, patients and visitors on infection prevention recommendations. This role works collaboratively with other departments to ensure staff, patient and visitor public health safety. 

Minimum Training and Education: Bachelor’s degree in a science related field (i.e. microbiology, nursing, public health, etc.) and a minimum of two years of healthcare related experience or a Master’s degree in a science related field. Previous Infection Prevention experience is preferred, but not required. If applicable, current South Carolina or compact state certification, licensure, and/or registration appropriate to clinical designation is required. Computer/internet skills and familiarity with Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.) is essential. Certification in Infection Control is required within 2 years after employment. Candidate must demonstrate excellent interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills. Demonstrated professionalism, positive attitude, enthusiasm and be team oriented in all interactions. Requires rotating on-call duties to answer pages including day, night and weekend coverage for a 7 day period.

Required Licensure, Certifications, Registrations:Current South Carolina or compact state certification, licensure, and/or registration applicable to clinical designation is required. Certification in Infection Control is required.

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Physical Requirements: Ability to perform job functions while standing. (Frequent) Ability to perform job functions while sitting. (Frequent) Ability to perform job functions while walking. (Frequent) Ability to climb stairs. (Infrequent) Ability to work indoors. (Continuous) Ability to work outdoors in all weather and temperature extremes. (Infrequent) Ability to work in confined/cramped spaces. (Infrequent) Ability to perform job functions from kneeling positions. (Infrequent) Ability to bend at the waist. (Infrequent) Ability to squat and perform job functions. (Infrequent) Ability to perform 'pinching' operations. (Infrequent) Ability to fully use both hands/arms. (Continuous) Ability to perform repetitive motions with hands/wrists/elbows and shoulders. (Continuous) Ability to fully use both legs. (Continuous) Ability to reach in all directions. (Frequent) Possess good finger dexterity. (Continuous) Ability to lift and carry 15 lbs. unassisted. (Infrequent) Ability to lift/lower objects 15 lbs. from/to floor from/to 36 inches unassisted. (Infrequent) Ability to lift from 36 inches to overhead 15 lbs. (Infrequent) Ability to maintain 20/40 vision, corrected, in one eye or with both eyes. (Continuous) Ability to see and recognize objects close at hand. (Continuous) Ability to match or discriminate between colors. (Continuous) Ability to determine distance/relationship between objects; depth perception. (Continuous) Good peripheral vision capabilities. (Continuous) Ability to maintain hearing acuity, with correction. (Continuous) Ability to perform gross motor functions with frequent fine motor movements. (Continuous) Ability to work in a latex safe environment. (Continuous) Ability to deal effectively with stressful situations. (Frequent) Ability to maintain tactile sensory functions. (Continuous) *(Selected Positions) *Ability to maintain good olfactory sensory function. (Continuous) *(Selected Position) *Ability to be qualified physically for respirator use, initially and as required. (Continuous) (Selected Positions)

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