RN Clinical Epidemiologist
Location:
Thousand Oaks , California
Posted:
September 07, 2017
Reference:
00048-7770
Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center is a licensed 404 bed acute care facility. Fully accredited by the Joint Commission, Los Robles Hospital has the only Level II Trauma Center in Eastern Ventura County and the only Emergency Room in both Los Angeles and Ventura counties coveted EDAP (Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics) rating. In addition, it is the only hospital certified by both counties as a STEMI designated heart attack center for rapid heart attack response and is a certified Primary Stroke Center. With over 600 physicians on its medical staff, representing over 50 medical specialties, Los Robles is proud to be the community's most trusted resource for health and a regional destination for care.

POSITION SUMMARY:
• Under general supervision, and according to hospital policies and procedures, the RN Clinical Epidemiologist is responsible for determining, investigating, auditing, and compiling clinical outcomes and sources of infection or disease outbreaks. S/he describes the criteria and laboratory values that support the distribution of diseases and infections among patients.
• Using audit tools, monitors staff compliance with precautions used for disease prevention. Program goals align with current Federal, State, and Local standards and regulations, which govern Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center.
• This position has working knowledge of human anatomy, and is able to interpret clinical guidelines for infection classification as detailed by the National Health Safety Network (NHSN) division of the CDC. NHSN guidelines include criteria for infection related to each body system, procedure, or device used in hospital-based patient care, along with personnel blood and body fluid exposure management .
• This position interprets patient clinical data related to the Sepsis Core Measure, and Sepsis Bundle compliance, antibiotic selection and onset, and physician adherence with current guidelines. Tracks progress to goals selected for the Core Measure Improvement process.
• Assists with mortality review of sepsis patients, and collaborates with Sepsis Coordinator to maintain Sepsis database. Able to create graphics and present data at multidisciplinary meetings.
• The position also creates/maintains infection database, graphics and dashboards, for presentation at committees, and for regulatory compliance. This position is able to d erive causality (i.e.-clinical source of infection) from the interpretation of clinical tests and treatment results and epidemiological analyses.
• The Clinical Epidemiologist II supports patient and family education; is considered a subject matter expert regarding infections and a clinical resource for collaboration with the Medical and Nursing clinical staff, managers and directors. S/he exercises integrity, professionalism, and is detail-oriented with all aspects of confidential patient information.
• This position participates in clinical rounding with physicians, and provides clinical infectious expertise in the interpretation of serology or microbiology reports and infections, as well as current criteria for infection. Provides clinical support to all departments, on an as-needed basis. Analyzes clinical issues related to patient care and reports to Director.
• This position collaborates with Employee Health Services, providing guidance in interpretation of laboratory values that occur after occupational exposure to blood or body fluids. Able to begin an exposure investigation independently.
• This position is responsible for facilitating clinical improvement projects, small work groups and projects that improve the quality of care of our patients. Projects may include: mock tracers, environment of care rounds, surveillance rounds, isolation and hand hygiene audits, regulatory readiness, department-specific audits, presentation at meetings, and teaching staff members, conducting clinical documentation audits, and completion of mandatory public health reporting.
This position is self- directed to perform related duties as required, and is able to serve as head of department in the absence of Director.
Qualifications:
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND LICENSING:
1. Registered Nurse in the state of California, with current licensure
2. Master's in Public Health, Master's in Nursing, or another Health-related field is preferred
3. Certification in Infection Prevention and Control (CIC) preferred, or willingness to become CIC certified within two years of employment.
4. 2 - 5 years of related work experience: prefer Infection Prevention or Quality Management experience combined with clinical data analysis. May consider a c ombination of hospital work with patient safety/performance improvement/national patient safety goals.
5. Must demonstrate clinical knowledge, enthusiasm and a w illingness to learn.
6. Experience collaborating with physicians and other health care professionals about patient conditions and results of testing.
7. Proficiency and expert knowledge of databases, including Microsoft Office.
8. Time and resource management, along with ability to prioritize and manage multiple deadlines with frequent interruptions, and shifting priorities.
9. Intermediate project management skills; ability to work independently, be flexible, and be a strong team player.
10. Excellent communication skills; both oral and written.
11. C omfortable reporting data analysis to Medical Staff committees, and leading inter-disciplinary work groups.
12. Excellent critical thinking, judgment and problem solving skills required.
13. Commitment to ongoing (staff, patient/family, personal) clinical education in the infectious process.

SPECIAL DEMANDS:

Knowledgeable in Federal / State / Local Mandatory reporting standards. Additional training and education in Infection Prevention may be required, as determined through the Orientation process. Must maintain and ensure confidentiality, security, and integrity of clinical patient data and organizational infection data. Follows HIPAA regulations regarding the protection of patient information and assists staff in compliance.

A little about us:
HCA is the nation’s leading private provider of healthcare services. Comprised of locally managed facilities which include 230,000 employees at over 160 hospitals, over 120 surgery centers and 100 urgent care facilities in 20 states and the United Kingdom

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