HEALTHCARE EPIDEMIOLOGIST, INFECTION PREVENTION (FULL TIME, DAYS)
University of Washington
Location: Seattle, Washington
Type: Full Time
Internal Number: 201409
A higher degree of healthcare.
All across UW Medicine, our employees collaborate to perform the highest quality work with integrity and compassion and to create a respectful, welcoming environment where every patient, family, student and colleague is valued and honored.
UW Medicine’s mission is to improve the health of the public by advancing medical knowledge, providing outstanding primary and specialty care to the people of the region, and preparing tomorrow’s physicians, scientists and other health professionals.
UW Medical Center has an outstanding opportunity for a Healthcare Epidemiologist. The Healthcare Epidemiologist operates under the direction and supervision of the Infection Prevention Manager. This position will be responsible for integrating the UW Medical Center 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 Healthcare Epidemiologist, 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.
SCHEDULE Full-time day shift.
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 UW 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 UW Medical Center.
Bachelor's degree in nursing or other clinically related field
Five years of clinical acute care experience, including 2 years clinical leadership experience such as lead clinician, charge nurse, preceptor
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.
UW Medicine includes Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center - Montlake, UW Medical Center - Northwest, Valley Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine, and Airlift Northwest.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.