Job Description

Harris Health is a nationally recognized health system comprising three teaching hospitals and an extensive network of ambulatory care centers serving the people of Harris County, Texas, since 1966.  Staffed by the faculty, fellows and residents from two nationally ranked medical schools, Baylor College of Medicine and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), Harris Health is the first healthcare system in Houston to receive the prestigious National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) designation for its network of patient-centered medical homes.

Each year, Harris Health provides more than 1.8 million total outpatient visits through its more than 40 ambulatory care facilities.  Additionally, Harris Health sees more than 177,000 emergency visits at its Level 1 and Level 3 trauma centers and 35,000 hospital admissions through its three hospitals: Ben Taub, LBJ and Quentin Mease.

Established by voter referendum to enhance the level of charity care available in the community, Harris Health System has often received national recognition for serving those in need and for its achievements in operational excellence, such as being named to the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Most Wired Hospitals lists by the American Hospital Association’s Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

Additionally, Harris Health System is pleased that each of its three hospitals — Ben Taub, Lyndon B. Johnson and Quentin Mease — achieved Pathway to Excellence™ designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Skills / Requirements

Responsible for providing effective leadership and program direction for Infection Prevention within the respective Pavilion assigned. Develops a strategic plan for Infection Prevention Program that identifies short term goals that address immediate needs and priorities, identifies long terms goals that exemplify the desired state, and goals and objectives that are measurable. Maintains department operation and appropriate staffing (i.e. hiring, training, supervision, etc). Prepares monthly operational and staffing productivity report and acts as a facilitator/ liaison for departments and regulatory agencies.  Develops and enforces effective policies and procedures that ensure compliance with TJC, OSHA, CDC and other county, state, and federal agencies. Directs and assists in preparing reports and statistical data to the Infection Control Committee, Chief of Staff, medical Committees and/or Administration. Provides support for the development, coordination, and integration of a District-wide Infection Prevention Program. Role models effective communication, conflict management, problem solving, negotiation, change management and leadership skills. Uses a systematic approach to monitor the effectiveness of prevention and control strategies that are consistent with the organization‘s goals and objectives. Systematically evaluates the effectiveness of the program appropriate to the practice setting. Functions as an integral part of performance improvement initiatives to promote positive patient and employee outcomes. Acts as an information resource for healthcare workers, medical staff, committees and departments. Works with all Medical Staff Services, Nursing and Allied Health and/or Support services to promote successful resolution and outcomes. Skilled in managing a diverse group of individuals performing a variety of functions. Serves as a change agent.

Minimum Qualifications
Registered Nurse with a Bachelor‘s degree in nursing or related field. Certification in Infection Control  preferred.

Five years clinical experience with at least three years in hospital related infection prevention program development and performance improvement programs. Have strong oral and written communication skills, Has the ability to effectively communicate and work with healthcare professionals.

One year management experience in hospital acute care setting.

Personal computer, fax machine, xerox machine, windows based programs.

Special Requirements
Communication Skills: Above Average Verbal (Heavy Public Contract), Exceptional Verbal (e.g., Public Speaking), Writing /Composing (Correspondence 1  /  Reports 1  )

Other Skills: Analytical, Design, Mathematics, Medical Terms, Research, Statistical,  P.C., MS Word, MS Excel, MS Access    

Work Schedule:   Weekends

Application Instructions

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