JOB SUMMARY: Responsible for identifying, investigating, monitoring, and reporting healthcare-associated infections. Collaborates with teams and individuals to create infection prevention strategies, provide feedback, and sustain infection prevention strategies.
Assist in planning, developing, implementing, managing and evaluating infection prevention surveillance and epidemiologic investigation activities through a collaborative role with the department leadership as evidenced by the Infection Control Plan. Utilize epidemiologist principles to conduct surveillance and investigations.
Identifies infectious diseases and develops a liaison role in public health disease reporting and emergency preparedness/emerging disease notification. Evaluates reports for communicable diseases as required by Tennessee State Law Chapter 1200-14-1 Notifiable Diseases to local and state health departments for completeness and coordinates with state and local health department officials for missing data.
Preventing and controlling the transmission of infectious agents through evidence based infection prevention policies and procedures through collaboration with internal and external groups by identifying infection prevention strategies related to hand hygiene, control of environmental pathogens (Legionella, Aspergillus, etc.), recall of potentially contaminated equipment, food, medication, supplies, and transmission based precautions.
Develops management and communication strategies to facilitate planning, communication and feedback, and quality/performance improvement and safety activities. Utilizes Performance Improvement methodology as a means of enacting change.
Designs and delivers training and educational offerings relative to infection prevention for staff/faculty, students, volunteers, patients and families on the educational level appropriate for each group based on assessment of the learning needs.
Collaborate regarding counseling, follow up, and work restriction recommendations related to communicable diseases/exposures in patients, employees, and communities.
Recognizes and monitors elements important for a safe care environment including heating, ventilation, humidity, water standards, and construction issues that impact patient care settings.
Identifies and evaluates appropriate cleaning, sterilization, and disinfection practices and quality control measures. Applies expert organizations' sterilization and disinfection recommendations to facilitate compliance and make recommendations.
Day shift (M-F)
Weekend and Holiday coverage
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For more than 40 years, Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital (formerly Tennova Healthcare - Lebanon) has been a place of healing and connection for patients and families in Wilson County and the surrounding area. The two-campus facility is the sole provider of inpatient and outpatient medical services in Wilson County.Known for comprehensive services, recognized care, and a commitment to the community, VWCH became a part of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center family (VUMC) in August of 2019.
Recognition Awards for Quality
Joint Commission certified in total Hip and Knee Replacement
The Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center
American College of Cardiology Accredited Chest Pain Center
Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program :(MBSAQIP) as a Comprehensive Center
American College of Radiology Accreditations - Mammography and Ultrasound
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Vanderbilt University Medical Center is home to Vanderbilt University Hospital, The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and the Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital. These hospitals experienced more than 61,000 inpatient admissions during fiscal year 2015. Vanderbilt’s adult and pediatric clinics treated nearly 2 million patients during this same period. Vanderbilt University Hospital and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt are recognized again this year by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals as among the nation’s best with 18 nationally ranked specialties. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is world renowned because of the innovation, work ethic and collegiality of its employees. From our health care advances to our compassionate care, Vanderbilt owes its accomplishments and reputation to staff and faculty who bring skill and drive and innovation to the medical center day after day. World-leading academic departments and comprehensive centers of excellence pursue scientific discoveries and transformational educational and clinical advances across the entire spectrum of health and disease.As t...he largest employer in middle Tennessee, we welcome those who are interested in ongoing development in a caring, culturally sensitive and professional atmosphere. Most of us spend so much of our lives at work, we want to be part of maintaining a workplace in which people support one another and encourage reaching for excellence. Many high-achieving employees stay at Vanderbilt because of the professional growth they experience and because of their appreciation of Vanderbilt’s benefits, public events and discussions, athletic opportunities, beautiful setting and, above all, sense of community and purpose.Vanderbilt and its employees share a set of mutual expectations that have been created with productivity, legality, fairness and safety always in mind. We believe that our investment in training and compensating employees multiplies in value when we enable individuals to deliver their best performance for the benefit of us all.