The Infection Control Preventionist (ICP) is responsible for the evaluation, development, and implementation of the Infection Control program for San Ysidro Health Care and the PACE program. Reviews, analyzes and incorporates current regulations, standards and/or guidelines of applicable professional organizations, accrediting or regulatory bodies into practice and policies. The ICP will perform an annual assessment of the Infection Control Plan.
Essential Functions of the Job
Participates in performance improvement efforts related to Infection Prevention and Control Programs.
Performs Infection Control surveillance, consultation and risk assessments and promotes quality outcomes.
Assists in the development and evaluation of clinical guidelines, policies and procedures relevant to the Infection Control programs.
Proficiently engages staff in rounds to evaluate integration of Infection Control practices in all clinical areas.
Participates in the organization and performance of Infection Control educational activities.
Contributes to the creation of and presents accurate Infection Prevention and Control data analytics with recommendations and reports to the Infection Control Committee, Quality Management and others as required
Functions proficiently in data management and analysis in areas related to the assigned roles and responsibilities.
Contributes to the formulation of Infection Control outcomes for groups of patients, staff and the organization.
Assists in the generation, evaluation and management in a data base, critical surveillance and compliance statistical data and information.
Participates in interdisciplinary groups promoting decisions that positively impact the program, services, and/or medical center. Collaborates with peers and leaders to evaluate various outcomes based on strategic priorities. Functions as a change agent, actively participating in assisting peers through the change process.
Demonstrates leadership skills in effectively coordinating interdisciplinary teams to meet San Ysidro Health Care Performance Measures.
Provides proficient consultation and direct interventions for infection risk assessment, prevention and control strategies.
Assists in the application of epidemiologic principles and statistical methods, including risk stratification, to analyze trends and risk factors and design and evaluate prevention and control strategies.
Collaborates with the Infection Control team to develop and coordinate strategies with nursing leadership, the chief of Infectious Disease and other services to evaluate and manage complex events and unexpected situations such as exposures, outbreaks and environmental emergencies.
Provides consultation in planning construction and renovation projects that could impact patient care utilizing risk assessment criteria in consultation with the infectious diseases section.
Participates in the performance of an annual Risk Assessment and periodic evaluation and enhancement of the facility's infection control plan specific to practice settings, populations served and continuum of care.
Actively participates in service level, organization-wide, ad-hoc, committees as well as the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and/or other professional organizations.
Assists in the evaluation and recommendation of equipment/products that promote prevention of infections and/or a safe environment.
Collaborates with informatics colleagues to develop and/or enhance tools for data tracking, trending and reporting for effective use.
Other duties as assigned.
Additional Duties and Responsibilities
Performs other duties as assigned.
Maintains and updates established departmental policies and procedures, objectives, quality program, and infection control standards.
Keeps abreast of all regulations and standards to ensure compliance with orders or directives issued by duly constituted government/regulatory agencies.
Enhances professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, current literature, in service meetings and workshops.
Attends meetings as required and participates in committees as directed
Education Required (Minimum level of education):
Bachelors of Science in Nursing
Experience Required (Minimum level of experience):
1 year experience as an Infection Control Preventionist
5 years in healthcare setting
5 years of escalating leadership role
Specialized training in a process improvement and performance excellence frameworks.
Certification as CIC or relevant training preferred.
Verbal and Written Skills Required to Perform the Job:
Excellent oral and written communication skills. Excellent presentation and facilitation skills.
Technical Knowledge and Skills Required Performing the Job:
Equipment Used (Computers, phones, vehicles, copy machines and fax machines etc.):
Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite, EHR, databases.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements (Sitting, Standing, Walking, Lifting, and Noisy) prolonged periods of sitting, driving within the county, occasional travel. Ability to handle multiple projects and tasks. Constantly reassess priorities for use of time. May be required to work evenings and or weekends.
Pre employment requirements include I-9; physical, positive background and reference check results, complete application, new hire orientation, pre employment PPDs
Internal Number: 1
About San Ysidro Health
San Ysidro Health (formerly San Ysidro Health Center) is a non-profit organization committed to providing high quality, compassionate, accessible and affordable health care services for the entire family.
The mission of San Ysidro Health is to improve the health and well-being of the communities we serve with access for all. Originally established along the border in 1969, the organization was founded by seven women in search of medical services for their children. Fifty years later, San Ysidro Health now provides innovative services to more than 107,000 lives in our care through a vast and integrated network of 42 program sites across San Diego County including: medical and dental clinics, behavioral health centers, HIV centers, WIC nutrition centers, mobile medical units, school-based health centers, chiropractic services, pediatric developmental clinic, teen clinic, senior health center and Program for All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).
Our organization’s new name and brand identity pay homage to its humble beginnings in the community where it was established 51 years ago. This community was named in honor of San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of farmers, day labo...rers, and rural communities—the working poor. San Isidro spent his life as a hired hand and always shared what little he had, even his meals, with people in need. These values of compassion and care for others still ring true in the organization’s mission to improve the health and well-being of all in the communities we serve, especially the most vulnerable across San Diego County. With this rebranding the goal is to make the organization’s innovative healthcare services more identifiable, convenient and accessible for the thousands of families that are served. It is our honor and privilege to emulate these values daily.
In addition to providing medical, dental and behavioral health services San Ysidro Health’s Specialty services include:
Dental care services for children who are medically compromised, have special needs and/or are behaviorally challenged.– Children’s Dental Clinic
Adult special needs dental services – King-Chavez Health Center
Urgent care services – San Ysidro Health Chula Vista
San Ysidro Health’s retail clinic – Mi Clinica at Northgate Gonzalez Market
San Ysidro Health is a Federally Qualified Health Center and a Federal Tort Claims Act Deemed facility. The Federal government acts as the primary insurer. FTCA deeming enables us to invest more to increase health care services and fund quality improvement activities.
This health center receives HHS funding and has Federal Public Health Service (PHS) deemed status with respect to certain health or health-related claims, including medical malpractice claims, for itself and its covered individuals.