Kootenai Health, located in Coeur d’Alene, ID, is hiring a Director of Infection Prevention!
If you thrive on using your nursing expertise to keep your community and coworkers safe from the risk of infection or disease transmission - Kootenai Health is seeking your passion and drive to be our new Director of Infection Prevention!
As the Director of Infection Prevention, you will:
Oversees HAI surveillance program that includes data collection, analysis, and distribution of findings, IP process measurement and investigation of potential clusters, outbreaks and other communicable diseases through the application of sound epidemiological methods
Leads all aspects of outbreak investigation, evidence-based practice implementation, cleaning, disinfection and sterilization methods, products, and design and planning for the built environment across the system
Interprets and implements the Infection Control standards of care recommended by governmental and accrediting agencies including assisting the public health agencies with communicable disease surveillance
Responsible for reporting to, and collaboration with public health agencies to include but not limited to reporting of communicable diseases, planning preparedness and response activities for emerging infectious diseases or those arising from natural or intentional causes
Serving as the administrative chair, leads with the Infection Prevention Committee (IPC) for the development and execution of a strategic plan for the IP Program, periodic review, and revision of this plan and identification of specific goals and objectives to achieve continuous improvements in effectiveness
Assures and coordinates proactive IP risk assessment and provide infection control risk mitigation recommendations involving the environment of care (EOC) to include planning, design, renovation and new construction of facilities and areas plus response to problems impacting the safety of the EOC for patients, personnel and visitors
Provides supervision of the IP program personnel including staff recruitment, training, retention, advancement, and succession planning
Facilitates and participates on performance improvement teams throughout the organization
Facilitates engagement with the organization’s overall patient, personnel, and environment of care safety activities (engagement with Compassion, Safety, and Engagement committees)
Facilitates input into supply chain system on evaluation, selection, and implementation of products and services
Reviews at least annually or more frequently as needed the changes in accreditation, licensure, regulatory requirements and new findings from scientific literature for IPC and recommends changes in system-wide policies, practice, products, and other interventions based upon this review
Oversees the application of information technology and management systems and assures maintenance of these systems to support the surveillance program
Directs and assists in preparing reports and statistical data for the infection prevention committee, medical staff committees, medical executive committee, Kootenai Health Administration and other committees as needed
Provides education to personnel, patients, visitors and the community on IP practices
Is willing to learn new skills and tools necessary to facilitate inpatient care and delivery activities
Maintains good rapport and cooperative relationships
Approaches conflict in a constructive manner helps to identify problems, offer solutions and participate in the resolution
Kootenai Health has a lot to offer you, including:
An engaged, excellence-focused Quality team.
Expanding department with room for future career development and continuous learning opportunities.
Magnet Status - Kootenai has maintained MagnetTM status since 2006. This designation is nursing's top honor, accepted nationally as the gold standard in nursing excellence!
Level II Trauma Center- Kootenai Health has achieved a Level II Trauma designation, verified by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma.
Mayo Clinic Care Network- Kootenai Health is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network (MCCN). As part of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Kootenai Health staff have access to Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise.
Gallup Great Workplace Award - This award recognizes companies for their extraordinary ability to build an engaged workplace culture.
Kootenai Health has a solid reputation in the Pacific Northwest and has a rich history that spans nearly 60 years of innovation, achievements, and benchmarks in healthcare. The organization provides a comprehensive range of medical services, our main campus is located in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and includes a 330-bed community-owned hospital. Kootenai Health is accredited by DNV and holds Magnet Designation for nursing excellence. We have been recognized among large employers as the No. 1 Best Place to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine, and are regularly recognized by Cleverly and Associates for providing value to our community. We offer an excellent tuition reimbursement program, wellness program, and on-going educational classes to all of our employees. If you want to love where you work and live, check out Kootenai Health. As your next employer, we are excited to offer you:
100% employer-paid health insurance premiums for full-time employees. Part-time employees pay only a small portion a month for medical, dental and vision coverage
Access to tuition reimbursement
457 investment plan through Fidelity with a match of 3-6% based on years of service and a defined contribution account which puts 2% of annual income into a retirement account
Employee child daycare - within walking distance
On-site learning through the Organizational Development department and teaching modules
Robust and incentive-driven Wellness Plans
Full-spectrum employee reward, recognition, and retention programs, including outstanding employee development, training, and educational opportunities
Kootenai Health complies with applicable federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or sex. Kootenai Health does not exclude people or treat them differently because of race, color, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or sex.
To be successful in this role, you will need:
Master’s in Public Health (MPH), Masters in Business Administration (MBA) or master’s degree in other healthcare-related field or Bachelor’s degree in healthcare-related field and experience equivalent to a master’s degree required
Certification in Infection Control (CIC) required
Current RN licensure required
5 years’ experience in infection prevention or diseases surveillance experience in a public health setting required
Must possess demonstrated flexibility in responding to the needs of multiple constituencies with a service-oriented philosophy
Demonstrated ability to lead and facilitate multidisciplinary teams
Must possess demonstrated skill in problem analysis, project management, conflict resolution, and oral and written presentations
Ability to balance and manage multiple projects
Demonstrates and maintains competency in IPC and healthcare epidemiology
Kootenai Health will ensure your success by providing you a robust leadership orientation program, access to Organizational Development, and co-workers who are knowledgeable and invested in your success.
Additional Salary Information: Kootenai Health provides a percentage of base salary for attaining goals that reinforce Kootenai Health’s organizational objectives
Internal Number: 27164
About Kootenai Health
Kootenai Health provides comprehensive medical services to patients in northern Idaho and throughout the Inland Northwest. Its main campus is located in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and includes a 330-bed community-owned hospital.
Kootenai is accredited by DNV and holds Magnet Designation for nursing excellence. It has been recognized as a Gallup Great Workplace and as a No. 1 Best Place to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine. It is regularly recognized by Cleverly and Associates for providing value to its community.
We improve health one patient at a time in a friendly and professional culture committed to superior quality and safety.
Kootenai Health will be a comprehensive regional medical center delivering superior, patient-focused care and will be recognized among the premier health care organizations in the United States.
Our Values – The Kootenai Health Way
Kootenai Health is focused on our core commitments to safety, compassion, and engagement. This is how we create the best possible experiences for our patients, their families, and our co-workers. It is who we want to be every day to everyone.