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Logan Health Infection Preventionist - Kalispell & Whitefish in Whitefish, Montana

Job Description Summary:

This is a unique position that provides the opportunity to support Logan Health facilities in both Whitefish and Kalispell. The Infection Preventionist position promotes safe, quality care through prevention and control of infectious illness by utilizing sound epidemiologic principles and scientific based decision making. Identifies and implements the infection prevention goals and objectives across Logan Health (LH) through strategic planning, leadership and consultation with multiple stakeholders.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing, public health, epidemiology, clinical laboratory science, medical technology or related field required.

  • Certification in Infection Control and Epidemiology (CIC) preferred or must successfully obtain within two (2) years’ of hire. Minimum of three (3) years Infection Control experience preferred.

  • Possess and maintain computer skills to include working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, and ability to learn other software as needed. Familiarity with principles of maintaining database integrity preferred.

  • Familiarity with CMS Infection Prevention standards preferred. Must possess ability to interpret policies and procedures relating to Infection Prevention and ensure effective application of same.

  • Excellent organizational skills, detail-oriented, a self-starter, possess critical thinking skills and be able to set priorities and function as part of a team as well as independently.

  • Commitment to working in a team environment and maintaining confidentiality as needed.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including the ability to communicate effectively with various audiences.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to manage sensitive and confidential situations with tact, professionalism, and diplomacy.

Job Specific Duties:

  • As applicable to assigned area(s): Partners with the appropriate medical leadership to develop, implement and evaluate infection prevention goals and action plans. Reviews and updates the Infection Prevention Plan for LH and maintains and updates Infection Prevention policies in collaboration with leadership.

  • Facilitates the Infection Prevention Committee with medical staff as applicable to assigned area(s).

  • Maintains current knowledge of federal, state and local regulations and informs leaders of appropriate issues.

  • In collaboration with the Infection Prevention (IP) team, oversees the operations of the infection prevention, epidemiology, staff and patient hygiene and other infection prevention safety programs, as applicable to assigned area(s).

  • Performs clinical evaluation of the patient population per assigned department protocol.

  • Accountable for surveillance of healthcare acquired and community-acquired infections with reporting to federal, state and local Public Health agencies as required by regulations and as applicable to assigned area(s).

  • Informs leaders of appropriate issues, understands and complies with infection control, safety, and OSHA procedures and regulations.

  • As applicable to assigned area(s): Participates in national collaborative quality improvement projects. Responsible for external reporting of data to the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network system.

  • As applicable to assigned area(s): Ensures appropriate infection prevention education when healthcare associated infections occur, during outbreaks, and/or when non-compliance with infection control/OSHA standards.

  • As applicable to assigned area(s): Identifies organizational education needs regarding Infection Prevention. Develops and delivers education and feedback on infection prevention behaviors per department protocol. Provides infection prevention training to new employees during orientation.

  • Serves as a resource for LH, providers and the community regarding infection prevention issues and processes.

The above essential functions are representative of major duties of positions in this job classification. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs. Other duties may be assigned similar to the above consistent with knowledge, skills and abilities required for the job. Not all of the duties may be assigned to a position.

Maintains regular and consistent attendance as scheduled by department leadership.

Shift:

Day Shift - 8 Hours (United States of America)

Schedule Details:

Please know schedules and shifts are subject to change based on patient care and department/organizational needs.

Logan Health operates 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Schedules are set to accommodate the requirements of the position and the needs of the organization and may be adjusted as needed.

Notice of Pre-Employment Screening Requirements

If you receive a job offer, please note all offers are contingent upon passing a pre-employment screening, which includes:

  • Criminal background check

  • Reference checks

  • Drug Screening

  • Health and Immunizations Screening

  • Physical Demand Review/Screening

Equal Opportunity Employer

Logan Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE/AA/M-F/Vet/Disability). We encourage all qualified individuals to apply for employment. We do not discriminate against any applicant or employee based on protected veteran status, race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability or any other basis protected by applicable law. If you require accommodation to complete the application, testing or interview process, please notify Human Resources.

The Planetree Culture at Logan Health – Whitefish

Thank you for your interest in Logan Health – Whitefish where we believe everyone who works at our hospital and clinics is a caregiver. At Logan Health – Whitefish our employees are motivated by our open and supportive culture of caring for the patient and each other.

Logan Health – Whitefish was the first hospital in Montana to be affiliated with Planetree International, a non-profit organization setting the global standard for person-centered care. As a Planetree affiliate, we embrace this evidence-based approach partnering with the patient and their family to provide the highest quality patient experience. Logan Health – Whitefish is often recognized as one of the top critical access hospitals in the country and received a 5-star overall rating, the highest designation available for hospitals from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 2023. We take pride in providing our quality level of service and continuously work to go above and beyond our stellar reputation.

Our people are everything.

The amazing providers, employees, and volunteers at Logan Health gift this organization with their innovation, knowledge, and compassion. Together, we're connecting our community to trusted, quality care and helping to improve lives every day.

Do you dream of living and working in a beautiful area surrounded by stunning scenery and endless recreation?

Are you ready to evolve your career while working alongside passionate, talented, brilliant people?

Join our remarkable team and create positive patient experiences every day!

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