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Director - Infection Prevention

Charlotte, NC, United States
Job ID: 119050
Job Family: Nursing
Status: Full Time
Shift: Day
Job Type: Regular
Department Name: 51011028332641-Infection Prevention


Job Summary

Responsible for the operational oversight and coordination of the Infection Prevention Programs for any designated healthcare facility, clinic, and healthcare service throughout the continuum of care for the System.

Essential Functions

  • Leads and directs the overall day-to-day activities of the Infection Prevention Program.
  • Supervises and mentors the Infection Preventionists at any of the healthcare sites.
  • Collaborates with leadership to provide data for teammates performance appraisals and ongoing evaluation of team.
  • Assumes responsibility for the operational oversight of the Infection Prevention programs for any designated healthcare facility, clinics, and healthcare services throughout the continuum of care for the absence of department leadership.
  • Utilizes standardized definitions for community-associated and healthcare associated infections and case finding methodology.
  • Develops and pilots indicators and data collection tools for the identification and classification of events, indicators and outcomes, based on available software and healthcare personnel support.
  • Advocates for the patient, visitor and healthcare worker throughout the continuum of care by creating, implementing and revising at least every 3 years infection prevention policies.
  • Serves as a resource and subject matter expert for sterilization/disinfection issues, Clinical Valve Analysis teams, and other Committees.
  • Identifies opportunities for improvement on the basis of indicators, process and outcome measures, other findings or observations. Coordinates/participates in quality/performance improvement activities; utilizes facilitation skills (both team and individual), data analysis and statistical process control to effect improvement in quality and clinical outcomes.
  • Develops infection prevention strategies that address the risk of infection transmission between patients and healthcare workers, including policies and procedures for screening of healthcare workers for specific communicable diseases, investigation and follow-up of healthcare workers exposed to communicable diseases, and occupational exposures in collaboration with Employee Health. Evaluates exposures to non-employees (students, medics, police, etc.) and consults with Risk Management with recommendations for follow-up to patients and visitors.

Physical Requirements

Works in an office and/or boardroom type setting. Surveillance work requires walking throughout the facility. Possible travel/driving to facilities, as required. Maybe prolonged periods of sitting at desk reviewing medical records, updating policies, planning educational programs or utilizing a PC. Requires frequent contact with all levels of personnel. Must speak and understand English fluently. Intact sense of sight and hearing.

Education, Experience and Certifications

Bachelor's Degree in Nursing or healthcare related field required. Master's Degree in Business Administration, Health Administration or other related Master's prepared field preferred. Current NC license as a Registered Nurse required. Certification in Infection Control and Prevention (CIC) required. At least 5 years of clinical experience required. At least 2 years of administrative experience in healthcare field preferred.