UW Medical Center - Montlake has an outstanding opportunity for an Infection Preventionist in Seattle.The Infection Preventionist operates under the direction and supervision of the Infection Prevention Manager and is responsible for the following programs: • Catheter Acquired Urinary Tract Infection • Environment of Care • MDRO/Tuberculosis Surveillance This position will be responsible for integrating the UWMC philosophy, mission and goals into plans and programs to enhance safety and identify and reduce the risks of acquiring and transmitting infections among patients, staff, volunteers, students and visitors. Additionally, as the Infection Preventionist, this position will participate as a key member of the Infection Prevention Committees, provide clinical consultation, develop standards and policies, participate in QI, and provide educational services. This person will collaborate with leadership, faculty and staff in the development and implementation of care standards, policies, guidelines and protocols. This person will serve as a staff resource by providing educational opportunities such as new protocol education, specialty specific education and skills reinforcement education.
Investigate hospital acquired infections and exposures within assigned Infection Prevention programs and makes decisions regarding follow up including implementation of additional precautions, follow up testing and education with faculty and staff.
Serve as a consultant and advisor to personnel at all levels for infection prevention, epidemiology within the University of Washington Medical Center. Consult and advises on patient care issues, equipment evaluation, construction activities and management, disposal of infectious waste and other infection prevention activities.
Review quality and safety indicators to identify trends and make recommendations for implementation of process improvements with assigned Infection Prevention programs.
Make regular rounds to interact with healthcare teams and educate and coach as needed to promote and educate staff on approved practices to reduce the transmission of healthcare acquired infections. Develop and maintain relationships with unit and department staff and managers, faculty, and administrative staff to ensure coordination of infection prevention related activities, programs and policies.
Participate in medical center programmatic efforts of an interdepartmental nature that affect multiple service areas (e.g... environmental health and safety, construction activities, sterilization and disinfection issues). Guide analyses and presentation of healthcare-associated infection surveillance results including major aspects of data collection and database management.
Collaborate with hospital leaders, faculty and staff to identify ongoing care concerns and quality of care issues for complex problems and develop strategies for improvement. Facilitate implementation of continuous improvement based on new developments in theory and practice of quality improvement processes.
Monitor compliance with state, local and federal requirements and participates in regulatory and accreditation activities related to infection control. Investigate and report HAI through National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) as required by CMS and state law.
Act as a liaison with public health for infection control and exposure issues and assist in epidemiologic investigations of suspected outbreaks and/or exposures to infectious diseases in conjunction with the Medical Director of Infection Control and Employee Health Services as appropriate.
In conjunction with other members of Infection Prevention and Epidemiology, provide 24 hour coverage for University of Washington Medical Center.
Full-time days with some on-call hours. In conjunction with other members of the infection control program provide 24 hour infection control on-call coverage for UW Medical Center.
Join our award-winning team at UW Medical Center - Montlake. Among the top medical centers in the United States as rated by U.S. News & World Report 2019-2020 "America's Best Hospitals", UW Medical Center - Montlake prides itself on compassionate patient care as well as its pioneering medical advances. UW Medical Center - Montlake has again earned U.S. News & World Report’s No. 1 hospital ranking in Washington State and in the Seattle metropolitan area. It is the seventh consecutive year that UW Medical Center - Montlake has achieved both distinctions.
Bachelor's degree in Nursing.
Minimum of six years of clinical acute care experience, including 2 years clinical leadership experience such as manager, assistant nurse manager, charge, lead or preceptor.
Washington State RN license required by start date.
Master's In Nursing or clinically related field
Familiarity with QI methods and tools
Certification in Infection Control or plan to become certified within a reasonable period of time.
Additional Salary Information: salary commensurate with education and experience
Internal Number: 188005
About University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle
University of Washington Medical Center, located in Seattle, is a leading academic medical center that provides highly specialized medical care in areas such as cardiology, high-risk pregnancy and neonatal intensive care, oncology, orthopaedics and organ transplantation. Patients travel from across Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho for our specialized services.
U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Hospitals has named UW Medical Center among the country’s best since the rankings began in 1993. The medical center also was named the nation’s first Magnet Hospital for excellence in nursing care by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, which has continued to honor UWMC with this award every four years since 1994.