Registered Nurse - Infection Preventionist

SCL Health
Grand Junction, CO
Post Date:
January 16, 2020
Job Status:

Part-time, hours flexible and negotiable!



You bring your body, mind, heart and spirit to your work as an Infection Preventionist Registered Nurse.


You know how to move fast. You know how to stay organized. You know how to have fun.


Youre generous with your knowledge, your experience and especially your passion for infection prevention and control.


Youre great at what you do, but you want to be part of something even greater. Because you believe that while individuals can be strong, the right team is invincible.




St. Marys Medical Center is part of SCL Health, a faith-based, nonprofit healthcare organization that focuses on person-centered care. Our 346-bed regional medical center is in Grand Junction, one of the most beautiful places on earth. Our mission is to bring health and hope to the poor, the vulnerable, our communities and each other.


Benefits are one of the ways we encourage health for you and your family. Our generous package includes medical, dental and vision coverage. But health is more than a well-working body: it encompasses body, mind and social well-being. To that end, weve launched a Healthy Living program to address your holistic health. Healthy Living includes financial incentives, digital tools, tobacco cessation, classes, counseling and paid time off. We also offer financial wellness tools and retirement planning.




Together well align mission and careers, values and workplace. Well encourage joy and take pride in our integrity.


Well laugh at each others jokes (even the bad ones). Well hello and high five. Well celebrate milestones and acknowledge the value of spirituality in healing.


Were proud of what we know, which includes how much there is to learn.


Your day.


As an Infection Preventionist RN, you need to know how to:


  • Review, analyze, and apply existing regulations, standards and/or guidelines of applicable professional organizations and governmental agencies.
  • Recommend new or revised practices or procedures based on currently accepted, evidence based infection prevention and control strategies.
  • Conduct surveillance activities and outbreak/exposure investigations by using epidemiologic principles. Integrate these activities with Associate Health as appropriate. Conduct surveillance in a systematic approach to monitor the effectiveness of prevention and control strategies maintaining consistent communication with the Infection Prevention Manager.
  • Routinely conduct isolation rounds assessing isolation precautions appropriateness, patient placement and other matters of infection prevention concerns.
  • Conduct OR/CS rounds assessing processes with feedback to the OR/CS Quality Committee & Infection Prevention & Control Committee.
  • Assist the IP Manager in overseeing the hygiene compliance monitoring program and provide feedback to respective departments and the Infection Prevention & Control Committee. Reinforce recommendations from the committees and regulatory agencies.
  • Coordinate the collection of and reporting of Infection Prevention NPSG data. Disseminate compliance data to respective department managers, associates, and the EOC Safety Committee.
  • Monitor, coordinate, & collect data for validation studies requested as needed. Disseminate data to Quality Management requested by regulatory agencies.
  • Utilize Infection Prevention software and other data tools (i.e., BOE reports for device days, surgical procedures, patient days, etc.) for surveillance activities.
  • Routinely assess the educational needs of customers and develop educational objectives and strategies to meet those needs. Collaborate in the development, delivery, and evaluation of educational programs or tools that relate to infection prevention, control, and epidemiology.  Continuously evaluates the effectiveness of educational programs and learner outcomes.
  • Integrate regulatory requirements, accreditation standards, guidelines, best practices, and current infection prevention and control practice into organizational standards and practices.
  • Consult with Associate Health, Infectious Disease physicians, and department managers with communications, recommendations, and follow up for associates with active infectious/communicable diseases and/or exposures to the same.
  • Provide consultation to the community on issues regarding infection prevention and control and epidemiology via inquiries and participation with community organizations.
  • Participate in organizational, system office and community disaster/pandemic planning.
  • Lead the investigation (deep dive) into HAIs by gathering multidisciplinary stakeholders to review the case in order to determine contributing factors/root causes. Be responsible for communicating the lessons learned to the organization in order to help prevent recurrence.
  • Participates as an integral component of the plan for improvement of practice and patient outcomes. Identify opportunities for improvement based on indicators, process and outcome measures, other findings, and/or observations. Contribute epidemiologic skills to improvement processes. Collaborate with Quality Management in determining CAUTI & CLABSI HACs. Act as a Liaison with the Infectious Disease physician and Quality Management in relation to physician education and/or documentation recommendations.
  • Participate in the organizations multidisciplinary quality improvement strategies (e.g. IHI Teams CLIP, VAE, SCIP, and CAUTI).
  • Participates in organizational readiness, preparation and compliance with the Joint Commission Surveillance, Prevention, and Control of Infections chapter. Participates in tracer surveys.
  • Apply relevant research findings to infection prevention and control practice. Critically evaluate research and incorporates findings.  Disseminate relevant published research findings through practice, education, or consultation.


Your experience.


We hire people, not resumes. But we also expect excellence, which is why we require:


  • Bachelors Degree in Nursing (BSN), required
  • Current RN license in state of practice, required
  • Current certification in Infection Control and Epidemiology or ability to complete within two (2) years of hire, required
  • At least three (3) years of related experience, preferred


Your next move.


Now that you know more about being an Infection Preventionist RN on our team we hope youll join us. At SCL Health youll reaffirm every day how much you love this work, and why you were called to it in the first place.



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