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Epidemiologist - RN preferred

Work Schedule/Days:  Day / Monday - Friday
Employment Type:  Full-Time
Location:  Support I 
Requisition #:  64541

 

JOB SUMMARY

Promotes high-quality patient care through sound, scientific infection prevention and epidemiology principles/practices throughout the system to decrease the risk of transmission of infectious diseases between patients, staff, visitors, volunteers, and the community. Proactively support efforts that ensure delivery of safe patient care and services and promote a safe environment at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Provides expert support in the vast performance improvement initiatives mandated by both internal needs and external regulatory and quality agencies. 

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor’s degree in a health-based science

CERTIFICATION SUMMARY

  • Licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the single State of Georgia or Multi-State through the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact, Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Master's in Public Health

  • Current GA license in applicable health profession if required
  • Certification in Infection Prevention and Control (CIC) or Certified in Public Health (CPH) when eligible within two years of employment

EXPERIENCE*

  • Two years of related experience

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS*

  • Two years of clinical experience in a pediatric hospital or critical care setting
  • Advanced degree (e.g., medical technologist, Master of Public Health, Doctor of Pharmacy)

KNOWLEDGE SKILLS & ABILITIES*

  • Demonstrated ability in strong quantitative skills and disciplined task management capabilities
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Presentation and platform skills
  • Knowledge of computer programs, including Microsoft Excel, Access, Visio, and PowerPoint
  • Knowledge of statistics and data collection principles
  • Project management skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Joint Commission and other applicable regulatory standards

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES*

  1. Surveils health-acquired infections and epidemiologically significant community-acquired infections, including monitoring patients for infections using specified Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria, review of patient records, laboratory reports, diagnostic imaging reports, and interview. 
  2. Communicates actively with nurses, physicians, case managers, laboratory, and other healthcare workers regarding infection prevention/epidemiology processes and practices.
  3. Provides information/data ad hoc support to senior organization leaders in a timely, organized manner.
  4. Interprets data using statistical methodology and prepares charts, graphs, and reports for presentation to departments, medical staff, and committees.
  5. Provides intervention and education for staff, volunteers, and medical staff when infection trends, outbreaks, or non-compliance to infection control/Occupational Safety and Health Administration are identified.
  6. Completes accurate reporting to regulatory agencies, including Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Public Health Department, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
  7. Provides data and analysis to institutional programs such as the clinically integrated network and Magnet.
  8. Facilitates and participates in hazardous materials program and assists in decontamination training for applicable employees.
  9. Engages actively in the emergency management program and acts as incident commander for infection-related events.
  10. Maintains consistent communication with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta epidemiologist(s) and facilitates physician education.
  11. Develops emergency preparedness and disaster planning/response to infectious events or outbreaks.
  12. Provides support to the Employee Health department.
  13. Provides education and counseling on infection prevention for staff, volunteers, medical staff, patients, and parents.
  14. Supports and participates in interdisciplinary performance and quality improvement processes.
  15. Provides epidemiologic support to departments through data analysis, trending, investigation of events, and data management/reporting.
  16. Maintains current knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations.
  17. Understands and complies with infection prevention, safety, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration procedures and regulations.
  18. Employs Lean Six Sigma and change management methodologies to reduce infections and improve patient safety.
  19. Collaborates with the Outcomes department, unit leaders, and other quality service lines to develop and validate systems to improve accurate reporting and transparency of infectious data.
  20. Works within the department to provide 24/7 infection prevention coverage for the organization.

SYSTEM RESPONSIBILITIES*

Safety: Practices proper safety techniques in accordance with hospital and departmental policies and procedures. Responsible for the reporting of employee/patient/visitor injuries or accidents, or other safety issues to the supervisor and in the occurrence notification system.

 

Compliance: Monitors and ensures compliance with all regulatory requirements, organizational standards, and policies and procedures related to area of responsibility. Identifies potential risk areas within area of responsibility and supports problem resolution process. Maintains records of compliance activities and reports compliance activities to the Compliance Office.

 

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by the personnel so classified.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS*

Ability to lift up to 15 lbs independently not to exceed 50 lbs without assistance
Bending/Stooping - Occasionally (activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of time)
Climbing - Occasionally (activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of time)
Hearing/Speaking - Effective communication with employees, supervisors/managers and staff. Effective communications with patients and visitors, as required.
Lifting - Occasionally (activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of time)
Pushing/Pulling - Occasionally (activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of time)
Sitting - Frequently (activity or condition exists from 1/3 to 2/3 of time)
Standing - Occasionally (activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of time)
Walking - Occasionally (activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of time)

WORKING CONDITIONS*

Definite potential for exposure to blood and body fluids

 

About Us:

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has been 100 percent committed to kids for more than 100 years. A not-for-profit organization, Children’s is dedicated to making kids better today and healthier tomorrow.

With 3 hospitals, 20 neighborhood locations and a total of 673 beds, Children’s is the largest healthcare provider for children in Georgia and one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 60 pediatric specialties and programs and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

Children’s has been recognized as a Fortune 100 Best Place to Work, a Best Place for Working Mothers, and as a top employer for diversity and millennials.  We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefit package that supports our mission, vision and values.  We are proud to offer an array of programs and services to our employees that have distinguished us as a best place to work in the country.  Connect to our mission of making kids better today and healthier tomorrow. 

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Address:  1575 Northeast Expressway, Bldg 1, Atlanta, GA  30329
Function:  Quality - Quality


Nearest Major Market: Atlanta

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