- Bachelors degree is required
VCU Health System's Infection Prevention Program is seeking a full time Infection Preventionist to independently perform high risk population healthcare-associated infection surveillance; data collection, analysis and reporting; conducts infection control related education; reports required diseases to the local health department; identifies and investigates employee exposures in conjunction with the Employee Health Department; serves as an active member on the hospital Infection Control Committee; and conducts potential outbreak investigations. Serves as facilitator for Infection Control RN Liaison program and is a respected resource to Health System, peers, health departments both local and state as well as community. All activities are monitored or supervised by the Hospital Epidemiologist and Associate Hospital Epidemiologist.
The Infection Preventionist (IP) is a clinically experienced Registered Nurse with additional education and training in infection control. Each IP has attended at least one approved course in basic infection control and serves as the expert in infection control related issues for the entire Health System.
Has full authority and accountability for actions and decisions within the scope of the position description and hospital policies and procedures.
Manages human, fiscal and other resources to ensure quality programs/processes/services with measurable positive outcomes.
Each Infection Preventionist (IP) will work weekdays, day shift, sharing the 24/7 coverage for the department with the other 3 IPs on a rotating basis.
Additional time may be required in a very unusual situation.
Some off-site travel may be required to off-site clinical areas
Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from an accredited School of Nursing
Completion of basic infection control course within one (1) year of hire date in position
Current RN licensure in Virginia or eligible
Minimum of two (2) years of acute care clinical experience
Completion of basic infection control course or higher prior to employment
Certified in Infection Control by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CBIC) preferred upon hire but must be obtained within five (5) years of date of employment in position
Two (2) years of infection control related experience
Academic healthcare experience
Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their protected veteran or disability status.