HCA, Hospital Corporation of America Infection Preventionist - FT - Days in San Antonio, Texas

Methodist Hospital opened in 1963 as the first hospital in the now internationally acclaimed South Texas Medical Center. From the beginning, we've recognized the unique needs of each of our patients. It's a process that we continue to improve on, creating ways to better serve the community when they need us the most. With 981 beds, Methodist Hospital offers a broad range of specialties including cardiology, cancer care, bone marrow transplants, emergency medicine, neurosciences, maternity care, gynecology and orthopedics.

As the flagship hospital of the Medical Center and of the Methodist Healthcare system of hospitals, we appreciate the support and recognition we receive from the community having been ranked No. 1 in the Express-News Reader's Choice Awards. We also enjoy being the most preferred hospital in San Antonio, as consistently reported by the Consumer Research Corporation. Methodist Hospital has been nationally recognized by Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grade A, accredited by the Joint Commission in stroke care, and designated as an accredited Chest Pain Center. For more information, please visit our website at www.sahealth.com and select Methodist Hospital under Locations.

General Statement of Duties:

Participates in the development, implementation, and coordination of an ongoing program for surveillance, prevention and control of infections among patients, employees, visitors and medical staff.

Essential Job Functions:
1. Collects, collates, and classifies epidemiological and quality improvement data required by the Infection Control Program such as data on risk factors, infections, and patient care practices; investigates unusual infections and significant clusters of infections for their possible sources; assists with special studies as required. 2. Reviews and analyses epidemiological data to identify unusual infections and significant clustering of infections and to determine trends in infection patterns and antimicrobial resistance; determines infection rates based on risk stratification of patients.
3. Reports data in a systematic, effective manner: maintains a current listing of nosocomial and other significant infections as indicated for review by the Epidemiologist and Infection Control Coordinator; prepares a monthly report of nosocomial infections for review by the Infection Control Committee; presents verbal summaries of monthly infections to Committee; and interfaces between the hospital, physicians, and Health Department (or other community agencies) for infectious disease reporting and control.
4. Identifies and investigates environmental infection hazards and recommends methods to eliminate/control problems.
5. Serves as a consultant to hospital personnel and medical staff on patient placement, isolation, and other interventions to control or reduce infections or infectious risks among patients, personnel, medical staff, and visitors.
6. Conducts orientation and in-service education classes relative to infection control for hospital employees and volunteers.

Minimum Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing or other health-related field; post-graduate courses in Epidemiology or Infection Control desirable.

  • One to two years clinical nursing experience required, with two to three years recent experience in hospital infection control preferred.

  • Completion of CDC or APIC sponsored infection control training desirable. Minimum License and Certificates Required:

  • Current Texas licensure as an RN. CBIC certification in Infection Control preferred

Job: *Nursing - Professional

Title: Infection Preventionist - FT - Days

Location: Texas-San Antonio-Methodist Hospital

Requisition ID: 02531-86428