Infection Prevention Practitioner (CIC) with 8 years experience in a Level 1 Trauma Care Hospital setting.Working knowledge of several infection prevention software systems including Theradoc, Safety Surveilor, and Epic.I been thru several joint commission surveys both as the single infection preventionist and as a group and have never had any major RFI's.Current member of national APIC and local.I bring an array of working knowledge along with enthusiasm and an eagerness to continually learn and grow as a preventiontist.
Infection Prevention Practitioner October 2015 to Current UF Health Shands Jacksonville - Jacksonville, FL
participates in implementing the infection control plan under the direction of the Director of Infection Prevention and control and the Medical director. The IP works to prevent, identify, monitor, and control the spread of infection. The IP participates in surveillance, data collection and analysis, data presentation, improvement teams, policy review, and staff/patient education across the organization
Staffing Analyst May 2015 to October 2015Mountain States Health Alliance - Johnson City, TNstaffing analyst responsible for providing available staff to fill in vacant shifts at all MSHA facilities based on needs and staffing to patient ratios.
Infection Preventionist June 2012 to November 2014Bristol Regional Medical Center 1 Medical Blvd - Bristol, TN
Design and follow a a program that consists of effective prevention and control activities that are specific to the practice setting, the population served and the continuum of care.
Provides expert knowledge and guidance in epidemiology and infection prevention and control related issues.
Maintain access to current information on infection prevention and control and epidemiology.
Provide knowledge on the function, role, and value of the program to all hospital departments.
Collaborates in the integration of pertinent regulatory requirements, accreditation standards, guidelines, and current ISPC practice into policies and procedures.
Ensure that findings, recommendations and policies of the Infection Surveillance Prevention and Control program are disseminated to appropriate groups.
Serve as liaison between hospital departments and the Infection Control Committee.
Participate in hospital committees and PI teams as needed/requested.
Provide consultation to administration, committees, staff, and managers on issues regarding infection prevention and control and epidemiology.
Conduct surveillance and investigations by using epidemiologic principles.
Use appropriate statistical techniques to describe the data, calculate rates, and critically evaluate significance of findings.
Analyze and interpret results of epidemiologic studies.
Compare epidemiologic data at the facility with results from other facilities and national comparable benchmarks.
Define problems using a descriptive study model to identify time, place, person, and risk factors.
Identify occurrences, reservoirs, incubation periods, periods of communicability, susceptibility and natural resistance of infectious diseases.
Develop surveillance plan based on the population served, services provided, and previous surveillance data.
Ensure that surveillance design is consistent with selected internal or external comparative databases.
Select indicators based on projected use of the data.
bench marking and trending) Use standardized definitions for the identification and classification of events, indicators, or outcomes.
Analyzes surveillance data, including the calculation of risk-adjusted rates appropriate to the indicator when sufficient data is available.
Reports epidemiology significant findings to appropriate customers.
Perform ward surveillance, monitor patient isolation, detect changing patterns or problems requiring actions, communicates pertinent observations to those responsible for patient care; and identify epidemics, clusters of infections.
Ensures that guidelines, standards, and regulations are interpreted and implemented as part of the ISPC program in order to prevent citations, fines, litigations or negative publicity.
Hand Hygiene Specialist October 2011 to June 2012Mountain States Health Alliance - Johnson City, TN
Responsibility to observe and implement best practice for hand hygiene across all hospitals within the system.
Collect hand hygiene as a secret shopper and present data to leaders of each hospital.
Work on hand hygiene.
program for implementation on both system and individual hospital levels.
Infection Prevention Clinical Consultant July 2011 to September 2011 Premier INC - Charlotte, NC
Responsible for support and implentation of Safety Surveilor surveillance tool to.
hospitals contracted with Premier.
Provided Infection Prevention consultation to other departments within Premier and.
Infection Prevention Practitioner August 2008 to July 2011 Mountain States Health Alliance - Johnson City, TN
Assist with data collection relating to infection and the infectious potential of the hospital environment.
Assist with epidemiological investigations.
Assist with new hire orientation and training.
Provide follow up of assigned patients, assigned units, following infection prevention Epidemiology criteria and approve guidelines and cross check information.
Data retrieval Special studies and presentation of aggregate data for analysis Represent Infection Prevention for meetings, committees, rounding etc.
Responsible for implementation of the Infection Control Plan and assuring that the plan is based on current, sound and published epidemiological principles.
Responsible for assuring that the IC plan is developed into policy and accessible to all employees as needed.
Responsible for surveillance and reporting of health-care acquired infections, diseases of epidemiologic significance to the facility, employee, patient, staff and visitor exposures or iatrogenic illness, and diseases required by the Tennessee Department of Public Health.
Responsible to report conditions that warrant immediate action to prevent illness or injury and to take independent action as necessary.
Responsible for coordinating compliance with The Joint Commission Standards for Surveillance, Prevention, and Control of Infection, the TOSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Ruling and applicable local, Tennessee and Federal guidelines addressing infection control and infectious diseases.
Working knowledge of standard practice followed in peri-operative areas.
Responsible for establishing close working relationships with all departments in especially those performing invasive procedures.
Education as needed for staff and community.
Student Intern- Infection Prevention January 2008 to May 2008Mountain States Health Alliance - Johnson City, TN
Bachelor of Science : Public Health, 2008East Tennessee State University - Johnson City, TN
Associate of Science : Science, 2005Northeast State Community College - Blountville , TNScience
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