Infection Control & Prevention (IC&P) Subject Matter Expert – El Paso, TX, US

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Infection Control & Prevention (IC&P) Subject Matter Expert – El Paso, TX, US

Infection Control & Prevention (IC&P) Subject Matter Expert


Department: Facilities Operations Management
Location: El Paso, TX, US


NIKA is hiring for a part-time Infection Control & Prevention (IC&P) Subject Matter Expert to provide support services to the Ft. Bliss Replacement Hospital (FBRH) in El Paso, TX!!

Named a “Top Workplace” by the Washington Post, NIKA is a well-established company that is focused on growth within an entrepreneurial environment. We work with governments to design, build and manage real property by combining facilities operations management, engineering, and architecture all under one roof.

At NIKA, you’ll be excited to come to work each day. This position comes with a competitive salary package that includes health/dental insurance, 401(k), bonus programs, and many other perks.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing required, Master’s or Doctorate Degree in Public Health preferred.
  • CIC Required (Certification in infection prevention and control)

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Establish presence in the Fort Bliss Replacement Hospital Complex, Central Utility Plant, and Clinical Investigation Building and assess/survey all Infection Control related systems during in-progress construction through and beyond First Patient Day.
  • Manage and direct all Infection Prevention and Control transition requirements between WBAMC and New Bliss Replacement Hospital. Assess policies and procedures related to Infection Control and recommend changes as needed based on new location and processes.
  • In preparation for anticipated Initial Joint Commission Accreditation Survey, expected to occur approximately 3 months after New Hospital First Patient Day, develop preliminary documentation required by The Joint Commission defined in 2020 Edition of Hospital Accreditation Standards related to Infection Prevention and Control (IC) Chapter.
  • In preparation for First Patient Day, develop preliminary Infection Prevention and Control documentation templates for all Joint Commission Elements of Performance (EP) specified in applicable standards addressed in the Infection Control (IC) Chapter.
  • In accordance with The Joint Commission Hospital Accreditation Standard, develop Infection Control requirements for inclusion in associated Hospital Management Plans. Must be done in preparation for the Initial Joint Commission Hospital Accreditation Survey, anticipated to occur within first 90 days after First Patient Day.
  • Develops a comprehensive risk assessment to minimize the risk of transmitting infections based on the new facility and building systems and processes.
  • Establish and develop all required Standard Operating Procedures and applicable Risk Assessments that are required to bridge activities between facilities/engineering/maintenance and operations with impacted clinical operations, to infection control risks. Risk assessments include, but are not limited to:
    • Interim Life Safety Policy
    • Critical and non-critical Areas – pressure relationships, filtration, air exchanges, temperature and humidity
    • Minimize risk of transmitting infections
    • Reduce the risk of health care-associated infections
  • Survey and maintain part-time presence in Replacement Hospital observing Building Systems related to Infection Control systems in-progress construction activities through and beyond scheduled First Patient Day, as necessary.
  • Analyze, review, and assess the workflow for high-level and low-level disinfection of medical equipment, devices and supplies based on the design, workflow, policies and procedures.
  • Participate and engage with contractors/personnel who are assigned to carry out commissioning responsibilities related to Infection Prevention and Control practices.
  • Participates and collaborates with the Commissioning Agent responsible for the Infection Control utility system components inspection, testing, and maintenance utility systems in the inventory and documents the completion dates and results.
  • Provides Pre-Infection Control Construction Risk Assessments (PICRA) and Infection Control Risk assessment (ICRA) for hospital future Day 2 projects.
  • Assist Facilities/Engineering Department in identifying and developing comprehensive list of High Risk Infection Prevention Building Equipment and Systems, as defined in latest edition of NFPA 99.
  • Participate in and attends General Contractor Operations & Maintenance (O&M) training related to Infection Control clinical systems; acquire expert knowledge of systems and sequence of operations.

Job Requirements and Essential Skills:

  • Minimum 10-20 years in direct Hospital/Healthcare facilities serving as an Infection Control preventionist and in a Nursing capacity in a patient care setting in both crucial and non-critical care environments
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in all aspects of healthcare facilities and technical building programs related to Infection Control. Includes the clinical, technical, administrative ability of planning, designing, and performance of an Infection Prevention and Control program at a Medical Center
  • Minimum of 10 years of expert knowledge working with applicable Hospital Joint Commission (TJC) processes and compliancy activities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Association of Professionals of Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).
  • Demonstrated expert and applicable knowledge of all criteria specified in Latest Edition of The Joint Commission Hospital Accreditation Standards – Chapters Environment of Care, Infection Control, and Emergency Management; UFC 4-510-01 (relative to infection control and prevention criteria; ASHE Publication – FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities, 2014 Edition; and Latest Edition of ASHRAE Standard 170
  • Ability to obtain a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI) clearance

Work Hours

  • Part-time bases not to exceed 1040 hours
  • Subject to prior approval by supported facility POCs, variations in work schedules are acceptable when the total hours per week are not exceeded and no obligation is incurred that would require contract personnel to be paid overtime.

About NIKA

NIKA delivers comprehensive services and solutions to support the full life cycle of facilities. For more than two decades, the Department of Defense and federal civilian agencies, as well as commercial and higher education institutions, have trusted NIKA to design, build, operate, and manage their real property. By combining facilities operations management, engineering, and architecture services, we provide value and expertise for complex and mission critical facilities. Headquartered in Rockville, MD with offices in San Antonio, TX, NIKA helps clients enhance operational excellence in locations around the globe.

NIKA is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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