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Manager, Infection Prevention


At Lancaster General Health, our culture is what sets us apart and creates a lasting impression of our health system in the community and in the hearts of our patients and their families. A role with us is more than just a job, we ask that you Live Your Legacy at LGH by finding your passion in your everyday role, committing to those you serve, and reaching for your personal best.

We are recognized as 1 of only 9 hospitals in the entire country with awards in Medicare.Gov, LEAPFROG and Healthgrades Americas 50 Best Hospitals. We have attained five year Magnet ® recognition status for the fifth time with the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC) and we are the 2018 recipient of the Foster G. McGaw Prize in recognition of the commitment to community service.

PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH offers a comprehensive benefits package:

We believe that the best care for our patients starts with the best care for our employees. Our employee benefits programs help our employees get healthy and stay healthy. We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits program so that our employees can stay actively engaged and committed to living their legacy every day. Together, we will continue to make medical advances that help people live longer, healthier lives.

Join us and be part of a team that empowers you to do more than your job and encourages you to:

Live Your Passion. Live Your Best. Live Your Commitment. Live Your Legacy.

Company

Lancaster General Hospital

Cost Center

3506 Infection Control

Supervisory Organization

Quality

Grade

G18

Benefits of Joining Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health:

PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH combines a Nationally Ranked Hospital with great schools, safe neighborhoods, affordable housing, local community events and festivals as well as a wealth of cultural and recreational activities. The scenic Susquehanna River Valley provides opportunities for fishing, skiing, kayaking, hiking and mountain biking in addition to easy access to NJ shoreline or Delaware beaches. Urban life is easily accessible, with New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. a train ride away. Local universities, Fulton Theatre, the downtown shopping and dining district and local sports teams make Lancaster a great place to Live, Work and Play.

Summary

HOURS: Day shift, typically 0800-1600, but has 24/7 accountability for the Infection Control activities within the health system.

POSITION SUMMARY: Manages and is accountable for the effective direction and operation of the infection prevention program. The IP Nurse Manager utilizes evidence-based practices such as those published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additionally, they ensure compliance with regulation and requirements from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), The Joint Commission (TJC) other accrediting healthcare organizations, and the PA Department of Health regulations. All activity is aimed at preventing health care-associated infections (HAIs) by ensuring that sources of infections are isolated to limit the spread of infectious organization. This manager oversees the team of Infection Preventionists responsible for the surveillance and reporting of nosocomial infection, investigation of infection or clusters of infections as warranted, microbiological monitoring of the healthcare environment and remediation as warranted, targeted education , consultation, administration and continued professional development. Problems encountered range from mundane to very complex, often with direct ramification for patient outcomes. Highly innovative problem solving is needed when complex difficulties arise, for example, an outbreak of nosocomial infections for which there is no readily discernible source. Instances occasionally arise for which there is no precedent from which to seek guidance. In these situations, decisions must be made using the data currently available and performing searches of scientific and medical literature.  This manager functions in ongoing collaboration with the Epidemiologist to ensure infection prevention activities are delivered in a patient care department or area consistent with the mission and vision of the organization, including care to patients in the following age groups: newborn (birth to 28 days), infant (29 days through 11 months), toddler (12 months to 2 years), pre-school (3 years to 5 years), school age (6 years to 12 years), adolescent (13 years to 17 years), adult (18 years to 64 years and older adults (65 years and older).

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Qualified individuals must have the ability (with or without reasonable accommodation) to perform the following duties:

  • Ensure surveillance of nosocomial infections as well as targeted surveillance in problems areas is completed. Analyze, trend and distribute surveillance data to the Infection Control and Prevention Committee and unit specific and service-specific nosocomial infection reports as required for prevention activities and outbreak monitoring with specific patient populations. This includes physician and surgeon-specific wound infection rates to clinical department chairs for review and analysis regarding clinical practice.
  • Notify NHSN, PA DOH, TJC and other regulatory bodies of required reportable diseases and nosocomial infections, accurately applying the appropriate definition, including accurate and relevant denominators for appropriate procedures.
  • Develop and implement organizational HAI prevention of incidence goals and objectives based on organizational and Penn Medicine team goals. Provide ongoing assessment of the goals and objectives and specific needs of Penn Medicine- Lancaster General Health with respect to nosocomial infection control
  • Assess the risk of infection posed by manufactured equipment and patient care items and provide infection control input as necessary, in decision regarding purchasing.
  • Collaborate with materials management personnel regarding optimal methods of cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of patient care equipment.
  • Coordinate with Employee Health Services, as it pertains to infection control, development and implement of processes for the prevention and management of exposure and infections in personnel.
  • Provide consultation to other departments, personnel, and community - including medical staff, to develop appropriate patient care guidelines and educational programs dealing with infection control, appropriate in scope and complexity for the intended audience.
  • Assure adherence to infection control standards of external agencies such as TJC, and the PA DOH. This includes coordinating the update and maintenance of the LGH Infection Control and Prevention Plan and risk assessment.
  •  Effectively use professional resources to find current, accurate information relating to nosocomial infection, utilizing these sources for continuous departmental team education in order to remain current to the practice of nosocomial infection control.
  • Develop and implement appropriate staffing and scheduling assignments, providing appropriate competency of staff in congruence with the scope and complexity of the patient population or infection control issue.
  • Accept departmental accountability for current and new practices, clinical programs and systems necessary to support changing patient infection prevention needs.
  • Accept organizational accountability for services provided to recipients. Participate in developing departmental and hospital policy and procedure and in the development of patient care standards, protocols and guidelines.
  • Develop, implement, monitor and be accountable for the budget for the department.
  • Evaluate job performance of unit personnel by completing staff performance appraisals and competency assessments and by monitoring performance on an ongoing basis.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with other healthcare disciplines to maximize patient outcomes, and prevention of nosocomial infection in both the inpatient and ambulatory patient populations.
  • Ensure appropriate orientation, education, credentialing, and continuing professional development for assigned personnel.
  • Using input from staff, oversee recruitment, selection, and retention of personnel that are representative of the population diversity. Utilize various motivational strategies to increase staff morale and also provide counseling for employees as appropriate.
  • Monitor the quality of patient care and safety, maintaining designated standards according to organization’s process improvement plan, including the insurance of an inter-relator reliability program for all identified HAIs.
  • Ensure evidence-based practice by participating in and involving the nursing staff in evaluative research activities as requested by collaborating units or departments.
  • Ensure shared accountability for professional practice by fostering and developing a shared governance model in the department.
  • Advocate for a work environment that minimizes work-related illness and injury.
  • Assist in department as needed and maintain specific identified Nurse Manager clinical competencies.

SECONDARY FUNCTIONS: The following duties are considered secondary to the primary duties listed above:

  • Collaborate with educational personnel to plan and implement orientation and ongoing educational programs.
  • Participate in developing departmental and hospital policy and procedure and in the development of patient care standards, protocols and guidelines.
  • Participates in and actively supports research activities of the organization.
  • Provide and maintain on-call consultative services for all areas.
  • Other duties as assigned.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

MINIMUM REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Current licensure as a Registered Nurse, issued by the PA State Board of Nursing.     
  •  Masters of Science Degree in Nursing (MSN) or higher level nursing degree is required OR be a Healthcare Professional with a Master’s in Public Health, Epidemiology, or Microbiology.
  • Certification in Infection Control or is qualified to sit for the CIC exam in Infection Control (must complete within 6 months of hire date). Per APIC, qualified individuals must have 2 years Infection Control experience. 
  • One (1) year of experience serving in a leadership role. (examples include but not limited to: prior  management roles, participation in Nurse Manager Residency Program or committee chair roles).
  • Five (5) years of clinical experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Five (5) years as staff nurse in a related field.
  • Five (5) years of previous management experience or participation in management courses.
  • For internal candidates, if eligible, Clinical Ladder.

This position is located in Lancaster, PA. #LI-MD1

Disclaimer

PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to hiring a diverse workforce. All openings will be filled based on qualifications without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability, age, religion or any other classification protected by law.

 

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LGH Full Time Posted on 05/05/2021