Senior Infection Preventionist - Risk, Quality & Safety

City of Hope
Irvine, California
Closing date
May 31, 2022

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Life Sciences
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Full Time
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About City of Hope

City of Hope is an independent biomedical research and treatment organization for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a leader in bone marrow transplantation and immunotherapy such as CAR T cell therapy. City of Hope's translational research and personalized treatment protocols advance care throughout the world. Human synthetic insulin, monoclonal antibodies and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs are based on technology developed at the institution. AccessHope™, a subsidiary launched in 2019 serves employers and their health care partners by providing access to City of Hope's specialized cancer expertise.

A National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope is ranked among the nation's "Best Hospitals" in cancer by U.S. News & World Report and received Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Its main campus is located near Los Angeles, with additional locations throughout Southern California and in Arizona.

City of Hope's commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We believe diversity, equity and inclusion is key in serving our mission to provide compassionate patient care, drive innovative discovery, and advance vital education focused on eliminating cancer and diabetes in all of our communities. Our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion ensures we bring the full range of skills, perspectives, cultural backgrounds and experiences to our work -- and that our teams align with the people we serve in order to build trust and understanding. We are dedicated to fostering a community that embraces diversity - in ideas, backgrounds and perspectives; this is reflected in our work and represented in our people.

Position Summary

The Senior Infection Preventionist is the senior-level classification in this series. Incumbents in this classification perform the most advanced work in the area of infection prevention and control and risk identification, assessment and response. Senior Infection Preventionist's are fully versed in infection prevention and control strategies, and work autonomously in the areas of infection control surveillance, consultation, policy development, research and education. Additionally, incumbents in this classification orient and train newly-hired Infection Control Practitioners, and provide lead direction and work review of other Infection Control Practitioners (Associate and Infection Preventionist). Practitioners at this level assume other duties at the discretion of the Manager, which may include chairing committees, assisting with the development of new infection control services/training and participating with all levels of the Department of Public Health and Medical Center on emerging issues. Incumbents report to the manager of the Infection Prevention Program

Key Responsibilities include:

Infection Preventionists are responsible for identifying healthcare-associated infection risks to patients and personnel through surveillance, observation and assessment. Incumbents specialize in developing, implementing, monitoring and reporting infection risk-reduction strategies through collaboration with all levels of medical center personnel. Infection Control Practitioners research and develop infection control policies and procedures to ensure compliance with regulatory and accreditation requirements, nationally-recognized infection control guidelines, and recognized best practices.

Infection Preventionists coordinate initial and on-going department-specific and facility-wide educational programs related to infection prevention and control. The infection pre state and federally mandated hai Practitioners plan and coordinate programs to evaluate and monitor sterile and aseptic techniques, cleaning procedures, and sterilization processes employed by the medical center. Incumbents collaborate with and make recommendations to department leadership to reduce or eliminate potential infection hazards and to initiate corrective action as indicated through infection surveillance and monitoring programs.
  • Performs surveillance for overall HAI rates, BSIs, VAPs, SSIs, and any identified cluster or trends using standardized definitions used to provide consistency, and allow for benchmarking.
  • Assists in monitoring compliance with the Joint Commission IP requirements, CMS COP, and State and Federal regulations.
  • Ad hoc information and teaching done on rounds. Teach New Employee Orientation as skills are developed as assigned.
  • Interface with NHSN reporting program for institution as assigned. Complete Confidential Morbidity reports. Liaison with PHD on Advisory committees. Assists in investigations of reportable disease/conditions as defined in Title 17.
  • Assists in assessing, inspecting, and making infection control recommendations to assure compliance with environmental safety, including renovation demolition and water intrusion; Participate in COH committees, as assigned. Participate in external professional organization(s) (APIC CACC).
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.

Basic education, experience and skills required for consideration:

Minimum Education:
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or commensurate degree in a healthcare-related field.
    • o Experience may substitute for minimum education requirements
Minimum Experience:
  • 5+ years experience in Infection Control and Prevention

Required Certification/Licensure:
  • CIC required.

Preferred education experience and skills:
  • Current California Registered Nurse License (RN) or comparable license in a related healthcare field such as CLS/MT (ASC), D.P.M, M.D
  • 2 years experience in an acute care facility

Additional Information:

As a condition of employment, City of Hope requires staff to comply with all state and federal vaccination mandates.

City of Hope is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.



City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 5,000 employees, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases and guided by a compassionate, patient-centered philosophy.

Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Duarte, California, City of Hope is a remarkable non-profit institution, where compassion and advanced care go hand-in-hand with excellence in clinical and scientific research.  City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s 20 leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.

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