Infection Control Practitioner

Grand River Hospital - Kitchener, ON (10 months ago)

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Job Description

Monday – Friday
7.5 hour shifts

As an integral member of Grand River Hospital, the Infection Control Practitioner (ICP) provides expertise and consultation to meet the needs of an evolving infection prevention and control program. The Infection Control Practitioner reports to the Director of Infection Prevention and Control. The ICP works closely with the patient care programs and supervises the development, implementation, and evaluation of the infection prevention and control strategies for the patient care programs. This includes surveillance activities; outbreak management; acting as a consultant internally and externally; providing education to all levels of healthcare providers and patients; reviewing, selecting and distributing appropriate scientific evidence and best practices; linking with external agencies across the continuum of care; participating in research activities and applying continuous quality improvement principles. The role also includes providing infection prevention and control recommendations for construction and design projects and product evaluation. The ICP will be required to develop and maintain a personal education program that supports continuing improvement in the role. The successful candidate must be willing to travel to all campuses.

  • Baccalaureate degree in a health care related field such as nursing or other regulated healthcare professions
  • Successful completion of an IPAC Canada endorsed basic training course in Infection Prevention and Control.
  • Three years of clinical experience in a hospital setting required; at least two years’ experience working in Infection Prevention and Control is preferred
  • Certification (or eligible for certification) from the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CIC).
  • Possesses knowledge and/or has job related experience in the health care field and is familiar with patient care practices.
  • Member of the National Infection Control Association (IPAC Canada) preferred.
  • Demonstrates the ability to effectively articulate the important components of infection prevention and control program with all levels of personnel/clients.
  • Expert Infection Prevention & Control knowledge and demonstrates the ability to integrate this knowledge into clinical practice
  • Possesses the ability to act as a resource and problem solve Infection Prevention & Control issues.
  • Possesses knowledge of and is able to utilize educational principles in program development and teaching.
  • Possesses knowledge of epidemiological principles, statistics, microbiology and infectious diseases.
  • Possesses knowledge of and utilizes the principles of continuous quality improvement.
  • Works independently and is self-motivated and self-directed while possessing the ability to work in a collaborative manner.
  • Demonstrates expert verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrates skill in computer databases (uses spreadsheets, Word, PowerPoint, Internet and literature searches, email comfortably).
  • Flexible and able to work effectively with minimal supervision.
  • Consistent and regular attendance required.