The Nurse Epidemiologist (NE), also known as an Infection Prevention and Control Professional, is responsible for implementing, coordinating and monitoring the Infection Control Program which protects our patients, visitors and staff from healthcare acquired infections as well as understanding the center's population and associated health risks. Some of the specific duties of the NE include surveillance for multi-drug resistant organisms; device related infections; surgical site infections and communicable diseases; reporting to the Cook County Health & Hospitals System (CCHHS) Infection Control Committee; regulatory reporting to city, state and federal organizations; development and implementation of interventions and policies; identification of appropriate equipment and products for ambulatory care use; infection control education for staff and visitors; employee health service assistance with post exposure measures; monitoring and advising on sterilization and disinfection practices; outbreak investigations; reacting to recall information; creation of infection control risk assessment for construction and demolition; monitoring and enforcing a hand hygiene program; and tuberculosis control.
The NE focuses on improving outcomes by defining goals and time-specific improvement targets and functions as a liaison between medical, nursing and support service personnel and the infection control program. The NE consults regularly with the CCHHS Director of Infection Control and Epidemiology on all of these tasks. The NE must be able to enter and analyze computerized data, generate reports and communicate the information to appropriate committees and staff in conjunction with the CCHHS Infection Control Committee.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and currently licensed as a Registered Professional Nurse in the State Of Illinois and Five (5) years of experience specifically as an Infection Prevention Practitioner in an Infection Control position. (Must provide official transcripts at time of interview)
Registered Professional Nurse licensed in the State of Illinois with a graduate degree from an accredited college or university with a Public Health focus including microbiology and epidemiology course work, PLUS, Two (2) years of professional nursing experience specifically as an Infection Prevention Practitioner in an Infection Control position.
(Must provide official transcripts at time of interview)
Must be willing to travel to all CCHHS sites as needed.
Certification by the Board of Infection Control (C.I.C.).
Current Member of Association for professionals in Infection Control (APIC).
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics
Excellent listening, verbal and written communication skills necessary to communicate with all levels of staff and a patient population composed of diverse cultures and age groups.
Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, or equivalent.
Ability to travel to all CCHHS sites as needed.
Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines in a fast paced and stressful environment.
Ability to adhere to department policies and standards utilizing best practices.
Ability to lift up to 10lbs.
Demonstrate attention to detail, accuracy and precision.
When applying for employment with the Cook County Health & Hospitals System, preference is given to honorably discharged Veterans who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States for not less than 6 months of continuous service.
To take advantage of this preference a Veteran must :
Meet the minimum qualifications for the position.
Identify self as a Veteran on the employment application by answering yes to the question by answering yes to the question,
The Cook County Health & Hospitals System’s mission is to deliver integrated health services with dignity and respect regardless of a patient’s ability to pay; foster partnerships with other health providers and communities to enhance the health of the public; and advocate for policies that promote the physical, mental and social wellbeing of the people of Cook County.
CCHHS is comprised of two hospitals, John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital and Provident Hospital, a robust network of more than a dozen community health centers, the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, the Community Triage Center, the Cook County Department of Public Health, Cermak Health Services, which provides health care to individuals at the Cook County Jail and the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, and CountyCare, a Medicaid managed care health plan.
The system cares for more than 300,000 patients each year and its physicians are experts in their fields, committed to providing their patients with comprehensive, compassionate and cutting-edge care. Today, CCHHS is transforming the provision of health care in Cook County by promoting community-based primary and preventive care, growing an innovative, collaborative health plan and enhancing the patient experience.
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