Infection Control Preventionist

Shift: Day
Schedule: Full - Time Regular

Who We Are

Patient focused, community oriented, conveniently located and equipped with technology that rivals the nation’s most prestigious healthcare systems, Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center offers a comprehensive and growing array of services delivered by caring and highly skilled medical professionals. We’re proud of the therapeutic and administrative upgrades we have made. Mountainside Medical Center has been serving Montclair and its surrounding New Jersey communities since 1891. The physicians, nurses and volunteers who are a part of the Mountainside family are your friends and neighbors. We're your community, your hospital and team, working hard for you.

Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center is proud to continue to provide world-class health care services in a community setting. Our 365 bed medical center has successfully transitioned from a stand-alone facility to being part of Hackensack Meridian Health, the most comprehensive and truly integrated network in New Jersey.  Mountainside is a joint venture between Hackensack Meridian Health and Ardent Health Services, one of the country’s leading private hospital management companies.

We are looking for a dynamic and passionate Infection Control Preventionist to join the Mountainside Team!

What You’ll Do

The Infection Control Preventionist is a key member of the Infection Control Team in preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) by limiting the spread of transmission and unprotected exposure to pathogens in order to ensure a safe environment for patients, employees, and visitors.

 The successful candidate will be able to:

  • Systematically collect, analyze, and interpret health data in order to disseminate appropriate health practices
  • Conduct educational and training activities for healthcare workers through instruction and guidance from the Director of Infection Control.
  • Maintain and conduct a monthly schedule of surveillance rounds and following up regarding activities to correct deficiencies
  • Work with department managers to apply policies and procedures that ensure compliance with TJC, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), CDC, CMS and other regulatory/accrediting agencies
  • Coordinate activities for staff for Infection Control Week, World Hand Hygiene Day and other promotional events
  • Conduct and gather data on hand hygiene audits in order to generate a monthly hand hygiene audit report

  • Liaise with the Employee Health Nurse regarding staff member health issues or exposures and in educates new hires on available Hepatitis B and influenza vaccination
  • Interact with and reports communicable diseases to local and state health departments
  • Develop reports and statistical data, calculate infection rates using NHSN recommended denominator data
  • Assist with ICRAs for construction/renovation projects; assists director with performing hospital-wide annual risk assessment, annual infection control plan, development of goals and objectives

  • Develop policies and procedures that support key infection prevention and control functions

  • Identifies, investigates, reports, health-care associated infections among patients and personnel through ongoing surveillance.

  • Maintain logs with infection surveillance data

  • Act as a resource in educating staff, patients, and family regarding transmission of microorganisms, hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette and personal protective equipment.

  • Ensure adherence to patient isolation precautions on a daily basis

  • Work with the Director of Infection Control in reviewing positive lab results, central lines, and foley catheters on a daily basis

  • Perform any and all other duties as assigned

What You’ll Bring

  • Bachelor’s Degree required in Nursing, Medical Technology, Microbiology, or Public Health

  • 1+ year minimum experience in hands-on Infection Control

  • Working knowledge of MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel

  • Ability to apply basic mathematical skills such as fractions, percentages, and rates to practical situations

  • Certification in Infection Control (CIC) to be achieved within two years in the position

  • Membership in APIC (Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology)

  • Fluency in the English language to function in job environment appropriately

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and customer service skills

  • Strong organizational, time management, and follow-through skills

  • Ability to multi-task, meet deadlines, and work autonomously

  • Flexible, organized, able to adapt to change and work under stressful situations

  • A team player who works collaboratively with co-workers and offers assistance

What We Offer

  • Competitive pay

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance

  • 401k with Company match

  • Company paid basic life insurance and long term disability coverage

  • Generous paid time off, including an additional extended illness bank

  • 6 Paid Holidays

  • Tuition Reimbursement

  • Advancement and career development opportunities

Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.