The University of Maryland, Baltimore Department of Epidemiology and Public Health is now hiring an Infection Control and Prevention Specialist or Senior Specialist to join the Office of Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection Response (OARHAIR) in the Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Outbreak Response Bureau (IDEORB) of the Maryland Department of Health (MDH). The individual in this position will act as the team lead for the coordination and response to the containment of antimicrobial resistance in healthcare settings including (but not limited to) the coordination of facility screenings and the performance of infection prevention and control assessments for facilities identified with targeted or novel antimicrobial resistance. Additionally, the individual in this position will assist with other activities, as assigned, that improve our understanding and efforts to reduce the incidence of healthcare associated infections and improve antimicrobial stewardship across the entire healthcare spectrum, including assisting with infection prevention and control activities, education, and facility assessments. The individual in this position will work closely with internal MDH partners, Maryland’s 24 local health departments, healthcare facilities and communities, other state agencies, and federal partners.This is a full-time (40 hours per week), contractual position. The selected candidate may be hired as either a Specialist or Senior Specialist depending on their qualifications. UMB offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to eligible employees. This is contractual position offers a generous leave package of 10 vacation days, 3 personal days, 8 holidays, and 5 sick days; comprehensive health insurance and supplemental retirement options; professional learning and development opportunities; and limited tuition remission for employees enrolled at UMB.In the Fall of 2021, UMB will require all faculty, staff, and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Exemptions for medical or religious reasons will be processed through Human Resources.Primary Duties:
• Coordinates response to and activities associated with the containment of antimicrobial resistance (AR) in Maryland.
• Guides healthcare facilities, particularly long-term care facilities, and local health departments, on the investigation of outbreaks of Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).
• Trains and evaluates nurses on infection prevention practices at Maryland healthcare facilities.
• Coordinates interventions and activities designed to reduce HAI/AR (e.g. antibiotic stewardship programs, HAI prevention bundles).
• Promotes the use of tools developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), MDH, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and other partners for the prevention of HAIs.
• Advises healthcare facilities on enrolling in and reporting data to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).
• Develops educational materials to keep healthcare facilities apprised of ongoing MDH and CDC HAI/AR activities.
• Develops and implements surveys or needs assessments of healthcare facilities to better understand gaps in knowledge, attitudes, and practices with regard to HAI/AR
• Provides consultation to local health departments, institutions, other health care facilities and public and private agencies concerning program implementation and operation.
• Presents findings to various audiences (e.g. lay audiences, epidemiology and program staff, leadership staff, external partners and stakeholders) at meetings and conferences
• Develops reports, factsheets, and resources for healthcare facilities.
• Participates in the IDEORB 24/7 on-call system.
• Performs other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in nursing, public health, or another scientific discipline (e.g. MSPH) appropriate to the position and one year of infection prevention and control experience in acute care required. Senior Specialist
Bachelor’s degree in nursing, public health, or another scientific discipline (e.g. MSPH) appropriate to the position and 3 years of infection prevention and control experience in acute care required. Preference may be given to applicants with certification in infection prevention and control. Licensure
: Nursing candidates must possess or be eligible for a state nursing license. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Strong organizational skills.
- Ability to follow data security and confidentiality guidelines is required.
- Excellent skills with Microsoft Office products (including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) are required.
- Ability to communicate scientific and technical ideas both verbally and in writing to a lay audience and an audience of healthcare professionals; writing samples may be requested.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Prior experience with quality improvement/patient safety or infection prevention initiatives is preferred.
Commensurate with education and experience.UMB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law or policy. For assistance related to employment, please contact the Staffing department at [email protected]
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School of Medicine - Epidemiology and Public HealthJob Posting:
Jul 7, 2021Unposting Date: