The Infection Preventionist helps to coordinate all aspects of the Infection Control Program at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) with the goal of reducing the risks of acquiring and transmitting infections among patients, staff, and visitors. Locations include the inpatient hospital, the Longwood Ambulatory clinics, the Ambulatory Satellites and the Dana-Farber Community Cancer Care sites. The scope of practice includes meeting the infection control needs of pediatric, adult, and geriatric patients
Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.
Infection Control Program
Conduct on-going surveillance using Center of Disease Control (CDC) infection criteria, documentation, and investigation of nosocomial infections through review of admission diagnoses, microbiology culture results, isolation orders, patient records, consultation requests, post-discharge surveillance, and autopsy findings
Apply epidemiologic principles and statistical methods, including risk stratification, to identify target population, analyze trends and risk factors, and design and evaluate prevention and control strategies.
Investigates outbreaks/exposures of communicable diseases and recommends control measures in Hem/Onc/BMT inpatients.
Coordinates inpatient and outpatient infection control activities for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute including the inpatient hospital, the Longwood Ambulatory clinics, the Ambulatory Satellites and the Dana-Farber Community Cancer Care sites.
Recommends isolation precautions as required.
Assist in the organization of regularly scheduled Hospital Infection Control meetings and dissemination of recommendations hospital-wide
Enforce infection control policies and procedures as designated by the DFCI Infection Control Committee.
Initiates quality improvement activities as indicated.
Assess environmental control through surveillance of water supply systems as needed, air pressure relationships for high risk environmental monitoring
Conducts environmental rounds in the outpatient and inpatient settings.
Serves as a resource to the Occupational Health Services.
Performs periodic analysis of occupational exposures to blood and body fluids in collaborations with OHS and the Biosafety Officer, and recommends change in practice, equipment, etc., as indicated.
Monitors infections in staff members.
Assures compliance with regulatory agencies.
Develop and implement programs in collaboration with the Hospital Epidemiologist and Senior Director Patient Safety in response to new regulations.
Develops infection control policies and procedures and revises them as indicated.
Recommend infection control procedural changes and new products.
Reports communicable diseases to the Boston Public Health Commission, the MA Department of Public Health and other public health agencies as required.
Participates in providing all education activities for infection control which include:
General Orientation, Nursing and Patient Care Services, and Bone Marrow Transplant classes monthly,
Provides infection control education to clinical staff.
Organizational and interpersonal skills to facilitate teams.
Public speaking skills to present information at meetings and education programs.
Knowledge of regulatory standards including: TJC, OSHA, CDC, CMS and MA Department of Public Health requirements.
Writing skills to prepare manuals, documents, and reports.
Knowledge of epidemiology and educational theories.
Participate in continuing educational activities at the department, state, and national levels to promote personal growth and maintain a current knowledge base commensurate with latest research and scholarly knowledge
Exhibit an attitude which promotes harmony and goodwill among patients, caregivers, and co-workers.
Enthusiasm for infection control activities.
Maturity, initiative and ability to be self-directed. .
Proficiency with computer software applications including Outlook, Word, and Excel.
Graduate of an approved school of nursing, medicine, medical technology or public health. BS required, BSN preferred.
Current CIC certification preferred required within 1 year of date of hire)
Five years or more of Infection Control in acute care hospital preferred
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.