Overview

Connect passion with purpose. The Georgia Department of Public Health is the lead agency entrusted by the people of Georgia to proudly protect lives and promote healthy lifestyles in diverse communities statewide. We are committed to the health of the population of Georgia as our work impacts past, present and future generations.

What we offer. Enjoy a generous benefits package that includes a flexible work schedule, unique training opportunities, engaging worksite wellness events, wellness breaks, lactation rooms, employee retirement plan, deferred compensation, 13 paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, dental, vision, long term care, and life insurance; in addition to telework opportunities depending on the position.

Make your mark in public service. As an accredited public health department, we’re seeking a highly qualified candidates for the position of (HAI) Nurse Infection Preventionist in the Division of Health Protection, Epidemiology Section in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Job Responsibilities:

The Acute Disease Epidemiology Section (ADES) of the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) is seeking a Nurse Infection Preventionist to serve as a regional resource to conduct infection prevention assessments and serve as an NHSN expert for the Healthcare Associated Infections/Antimicrobial Resistance (HAI/AR) team. The ADES carries out several activities to identify, prevent, and mitigate certain communicable and/or notifiable infectious diseases. ADES staff work closely with Georgia healthcare providers and associations, the Georgia Public Health Laboratory, and epidemiologists in our 18 health districts.   ADES houses several infectious disease specific surveillance teams. The HAI COVID Team conducts surveillance for COVID19 cases in healthcare settings and investigates reports of disease clusters and outbreaks.

The Nurse Infection Preventionist will be responsible for leading prevention assessments and serving as an NHSN expert in their assigned region (North, Metro, Central or South Georgia).  In coordination with the HAI/AR Program, Nurse Infection Preventionist will provide oversight and subject matter expertise to coordinate prevention in various healthcare settings and provide oversight of infection control and response work of healthcare providers and district staff. These positions are responsible for strengthening infection prevention and control capacity in their assigned jurisdictions and overseeing execution of infection control and outbreak response recommendations to healthcare executive and infection control leadership as well as district epidemiologists.

  • Leads district wide HAI/AR MDRO prevention program by assigned districts.
  • Develops clinical nursing infection control standards resources for state HAI/AR prevention and outbreak response.
  • Applies reports from the HAI/AR analytics team to develop prioritized prevention responses in their region.
  • Acts as a mentor to infection control nurses in their assigned region to improve infection control skills and obtain certification in infection control.
  • Develops and communicates response targets and goals to regional district staff and other stakeholders and oversees infection control and response work for regions.
  • Schedules and provides efficient infection prevention and control consultation.
  • Perform onsite prevention-based infection prevention and control assessments, including a review of healthcare facilities infection prevention plans, direct observation of infection control practices using a standardized tool (e.g., ICAR), and surveillance capacity.
  • Document and compile findings from on-site visits and summarize them in a report and/or tracking system, with key findings and recommendations provided to the participating healthcare facility and other key stakeholders, including the HAI/AR Program.
  • Conduct follow-up site assessments to ensure that the healthcare facility has implemented mitigation recommendations based on report findings.
  • Conducts specialized training in infection control and prevention activities to mitigate identified gaps, both at individual facilities and collectively.
  • Oversees registered nurse CE program for state HAI/AR trainings.
  • Recommend or develop new infection control tools to improve practices.
  • Serve as an NHSN subject matter expert within their region to address clinical questions to NHSN participation and quality reporting.
  • May participate in state NHSN validation studies to improve facility reporting.
  • Collaborate with regional outbreak IP counterpart for responses throughout the state.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree in Nursing, Nursing Administration, Public Health or directly related field from an accredited college or university AND Two years in an administrative or supervisory capacity AND Current Georgia license as a Registered Professional Nurse
OR
Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from an accredited college or university AND Five years of experience as a Registered Nurse, Two years of which in an administrative or supervisory capacity AND Current Georgia license as a Registered Professional Nurse
OR
Eight years of experience as a Registered Nurse, Two years of which in an environment related to the area of assignment AND Four years of supervisory experience AND Current Georgia license as a Registered Professional Nurse.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least 1 year experience with implementing infection control programs in a healthcare setting with the knowledge and understanding of current standards of practice and understanding infection prevention and control guidelines.
  • Preference for infection control nurse experience in acute care setting.
  • Experience working within or with local/state public health departments.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Current Certification in Infection Control (CIC).
  • Experience conducting infection control research and writing abstracts.

About Georgia Department of Public Health

Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner and leaders encourages all employees to engage in regular wellness activities and to make lifestyle choices that promote health and well-being.

The use of wellness breaks during the workday is authorized to support this philosophy and assist employees in meeting their wellness goals. A maximum of 30 minutes in a given workday may be used to engage in wellness activities, generally in the form of two 15-minute breaks or one 30-minute break.

Employment Information

Current State employees are subject to State Personnel Board rules regarding salary.

DPH accepts educational credential recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and/or the US Department of Education (DOE) will be considered. DPH will contact educational institutions to verify degree, diploma, licensure, etc.

The candidate selected for this position may be subject to pre-employment drug screening and a criminal background check.

As an employee of DPH, in the event of an identified emergency you may be required, as a term and condition of employment, to assist in meeting the emergency responsibilities of the department.

If you require accommodations under the American Disability Act (ADA), email request by the closing date of this announcement to: DPH-HR@dph.ga.gov.

DPH is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information on application status by phone or e-mail. All qualified applicants will be considered, but may not necessarily receive an interview. Selected applicants will be contacted by the hiring agency for next steps in the selection process. Applicants who are not selected will not receive notification.

This position is subject to close at any time once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified.

TO APPLY: In order to successfully apply for a position; the hiring agency requires interested applicants to complete the GA Department of Public Health’s Online Employment Application.

This job application can be found at www.dph.georgia.gov. Click on "About DPH" and then “Careers” and locate this position, click “Apply” and begin your application.

ALL APPLICANTS MUST APPLY FOR THIS POSITION AT www.dph.georgia.gov