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Thank you for visiting the Patient Safety Authority website. Currently we have one infection preventionist position open.

We are looking for an independent and team player with excellent organizational and verbal/written communication skills. The Infection Preventionist is charged to assist Patient Safety Authority to improve patient safety in Pennsylvania by initiating, developing, implementing, and monitoring new and existing infection prevention and reduction initiatives. The Infection Preventionist reports to the PSA's Director of Education and Outreach.

This position is a fulltime, teleworking, permanent position with full benefits.

Essential Functions:

  1. Actively support and promote the PSA's mission, vision, and programs.

  2. Develop, implement, and monitor the PSA's Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Plan.

  3. Plan, coordinate, develop, and conduct education for appropriate stakeholders in Pennsylvania healthcare facilities and at local, state, and national levels for professional societies and other interest groups regarding infection prevention and reduction and the PSA's role, mission, and activities.

  4. Serve as a resource for Pennsylvania healthcare facilities by visiting and/or consulting with facility infection preventionists (“IPs") and others as needed and as requested by the Director of Education and Outreach or others.

  5. Solicit feedback from Pennsylvania healthcare facilities regarding infection-related initiatives, successes, and needs.

  6. Help facility IPs and others utilize PSA resources to prevent and reduce HAIs and encourage distribution of these resources within their facilities.

  7. Work with facilities and other stakeholders to share patient safety policies and procedures that have led to improvement.

  8. Develop, implement, lead, and monitor collaborative and other activities with Pennsylvania healthcare facilities focused on infection prevention and reduction.

  9. Develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders in infection prevention throughout Pennsylvania including, but not limited to, local/state health departments, APIC, PADONA, hospital associations, and nursing home associations. 

  10. Conduct analysis on facility HAI data maintained by the PSA and identify trends and issues associated with this data as assigned by the Director of Education and Outreach.

  11. Maintain, develop, and submit documents and reports as required by requested deadlines.

  12. Interact with patient safety liaisons, project managers, analysts, and other PSA personnel as necessary.

  13. Perform related work and carry out other responsibilities that serve the infection reduction objectives of the PSA as assigned by the Director of Education and Outreach or the Executive Director. 

Minimum Experience/Training:

  1. Registered Nurse, BSN required. Current active Pennsylvania license.

  2. Current Certification in Infection Control (CIC) required.

  3. FAPIC designation preferred, but not required.

  4. Minimum of 10 years' experience

  5. Familiarity with NHSN, PA-PSRS, and NEDSS.

  6. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.

Click here for the Infection Preventionist position details.

Please submit your CV/resume to the following:

Teresa A. Plesce, Office Manager/HR Liaison    
Patient Safety Authority
333 Market Street, Lobby Level, Harrisburg, PA 17101
Email: tplesce@pa.gov

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