Located in Nashville, Tennessee, and operating at a global crossroads of teaching, discovery and patient care, VUMC is a community of individuals who come to work each day with the simple aim of changing the world. It is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity — of culture, thinking, learning and leading — is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt's mission is to advance health and wellness through preeminent programs in patient care, education, and research.
Our Infection Prevention Team consists of 5 adult inpatient Infection Preventionists, 2 pediatric Infection Preventionists, and a Hand Hygiene Program Coordinator. Our physician epidemiologists offer collaboration and clarification on infectious disease issues and the Infection Prevention Director serves to coordinates and facilitate team efforts directed at decreasing patient harm throughout the continuum of care
We are seeking an experienced Infection Prevention professional to serve in the inpatient arena. As a member of the Department of Quality, Safety and Risk Prevention, this role is involved in daily collaborative efforts from the institutional level to the unit/department level. The Infection Preventionist (IP) functions as a consultant, educator, role model, researcher and change agent. Responsibilities include education, consultation, surveillance, implementation science, patient safety, risk mitigation and quality improvement. Certification in Infection Prevention after two years in the role is expected.
Key Functions and Expected Performances:
Assist in planning, developing, implementing, managing and evaluating infection control and prevention activities through a collaborative role with the Infection Control and Prevention Coordinator and Hospital Epidemiologist as evidenced by the Infection Control Plan.
Collect, collate, analyze and trend data reporting results to Infection Control and Prevention Coordinator and Hospital Epidemiologist.
Identify infection clusters and outbreaks. Alert Infection Control and Prevention Coordinator and Hospital Epidemiologist of any clusters of infections and/or clusters of resistant organisms within one working day of discovery.
Report unit-specific data to unit boards and relevant committees.
Conduct special studies relevant to outbreak investigations and reports results to Infection Control and Prevention Coordinator
Analyze infection trends for assigned units or surgical procedures/services.
Coordinate infection prevention efforts with team members, nursing staff, attending physicians, and other departmental leaders, faculty, and staff.
Sit on dedicated task force and unit board subcommittees dedicated to infection prevention activities
Report infection rates and trends to relevant committees with action plans dedicated to infection prevention activities.
Develop a liaison role in public health disease reporting and emergency preparedness/emerging disease notification. Report communicable diseases as required by Tennessee State Law Chapter 1200-14-1 Notifiable Diseases to local and state health departments. Coordinated with state and local health department officials
Diseases requiring telephone reporting are reported within 4 hours of discovery.
Written reports (demographic patient data) are reported within 5 days of receiving lab results or medical record reports.
Design and deliver training and educational offerings relative to infection control staff/faculty, students, volunteers, patients and families.
Consult with customers to plan and support learning.
Apply adult learning principles.
Apply appropriate instructional strategies to optimize learning.
Work with managers, program coordinators, and others to develop materials.
Design and disseminate departmental/unit specific training to fit unit need as requested
Evaluate effectiveness of education and change educational strategy according to results.
Respond to customers needs with flexibility in schedule and teaching methods.
Work with Occupational Health Clinic (OHC) when a problem with communicable disease transmission is likely to have occurred within the staff/faculty population
Identify and coordinate solutions for continuous improvement of compliance with the Occupational Infectious Disease Prevention Program.
Notify OHC within one working day of communicable disease exposure
Findings of the exposure event are recorded in the Epidemic Alert (Epi-Alert) and reported to the Infection Control Committee
Participate in the Medical Center's efforts in meeting and maintaining regulatory compliance (JCAHO, OSHA, CMS, State DOH)
Participate in weekly Environment of Care (EOC) tours of units, departments and clinics
Staff/faculty compliance is monitored and suggestions for improvement offered on the EOC form or communicated directly to the unit/department/clinic manager
Maintain patient confidentiality
Shred material with patient identifiers
Access information on a need to know basis
Committee reports labeled as confidential
Building Relationships: Team Building
Builds, maintains, and supports a culture that fosters effective working relationships
Utilizes and models Credo behaviors to build relationships and manage conflicts within scope of responsibility
Project Management, time management
Works with Infection Control Coordinator to operationalize the mission, Infection Control Plan, IC resources, and policies for the Hospitals and Vanderbilt Clinic.
Manages multiple projects/on-going work activities (timelines, work plans, deliverables) and maintains alignment with surveillance plan and departmental goals
Recognizes and rewards desired performance for hand hygiene observations. Include other awards/recognition as necessary.
Coordinates and maintains surveillance workload by aligning priorities in a real time environment. Effectively prioritizes competing needs
Collaborates within Infection Control Coordinator and Hospital epidemiologist to identify and develop innovative strategies that improve service, quality and productivity.
Recognizes, initiates, and manages change, utilizing established methods such as Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA). Utilizes change management to drive results.
Standards of Accountability
Ensures the delivery of quality patient care by holding staff accountable to patient care and regulatory standards. Interprets policies and procedures to faculty, staff, patients/families.
Responds promptly to patient, family, faculty, and staff concerns seeking to bring issues to resolution. Monitors satisfaction outcomes and coaches care team members as required.
Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent experience) and 5 years' experience
Bachelor degree in either Microbiology, Nursing, Public Health, Epidemiology, or other Healthcare related field
Minimum of 5 years' experience in infection prevention; nursing, epidemiology, public health or related field may be substituted
Standard hours Monday – Friday
VUMC Recent Accomplishments
Because we are committed to providing the best in patient care, education and research, we are proud of our recent accomplishments:
US News & World Report: #1 Hospital in Tennessee, #1 Health Care Provider in Nashville, #1 Audiology ( Bill Wilkerson Center ), 12 adult and 10 pediatric clinical specialties ranked among the nation's best, #15 Education and Training
Truven Health Analytics: among the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the U.S.
Becker's Hospital Review: one of the "100 Greatest Hospitals in America"
The Leapfrog Group: grade "A" in Hospital Safety Score
National Institutes of Health: among the top 10 grant awardees for medical research in the US
Magnet Recognition Program: Vanderbilt nurses are the only group honored in Tennessee
Nashville Business Journal: Middle Tennessee's healthiest employer
American Hospital Association: among the 100 "Most Wired" medical systems in the US
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is home to Vanderbilt University Hospital, The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and the Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital. These hospitals experienced more than 61,000 inpatient admissions during fiscal year 2015. Vanderbilt’s adult and pediatric clinics treated nearly 2 million patients during this same period.
Vanderbilt University Hospital and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt are recognized again this year by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals as among the nation’s best with 18 nationally ranked specialties.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is world renowned because of the innovation, work ethic and collegiality of its employees. From our health care advances to our compassionate care, Vanderbilt owes its accomplishments and reputation to staff and faculty who bring skill and drive and innovation to the medical center day after day. World-leading academic departments and comprehensive centers of excellence pursue scientific discoveries and transformational educational and clinical advances across the entire spectrum of health and disea...se.
As the largest employer in middle Tennessee, we welcome those who are interested in ongoing development in a caring, culturally sensitive and professional atmosphere. Most of us spend so much of our lives at work, we want to be part of maintaining a workplace in which people support one another and encourage reaching for excellence. Many high-achieving employees stay at Vanderbilt because of the professional growth they experience and because of their appreciation of Vanderbilt’s benefits, public events and discussions, athletic opportunities, beautiful setting and, above all, sense of community and purpose.
Vanderbilt and its employees share a set of mutual expectations that have been created with productivity, legality, fairness and safety always in mind. We believe that our investment in training and compensating employees multiplies in value when we enable individuals to deliver their best performance for the benefit of us all.