Help long-term care providers protect older Virginians from infectious and communicable diseases. Health Quality Innovators (HQI) is seeking experienced health care professionals to conduct infection prevention assessments and deliver follow-up recommendations and training to Virginia assisted living facilities and adult day care centers.
Our infection prevention consultants work directly with facility and program administrators, directors of resident care, nurses and center managers to identify and address opportunities to improve infection prevention practices like environmental cleaning, handwashing, proper use of personal protective equipment, and management of symptomatic and exposed individuals.
As a HQI consultant, you will make and document observations, review data, summarize findings and provide consultation on surveillance, investigation, monitoring, mitigation and reporting of infections, including those that are health care-acquired. You will be supported by a team of experienced colleagues who share clinical knowledge, quality improvement expertise and best practices for effective infection prevention programs in residential and adult day settings.
This is a terrific opportunity to take your infection prevention expertise beyond the walls of the hospital or nursing home and apply it to the fast-growing senior living industry. You will be able to strengthen or acquire valuable quality improvement skills that position you for advancement. In addition, because this is a remote position, you will have the flexibility that comes with working from home.
Desired Job Experience:
Successful consultants are resourceful, flexible and internally motivated. They manage multiple priorities, use good judgment to keep work moving, offer providers empathy while requiring accountability, and consistently meet deadlines. Other requirements include:
- Three to five years’ experience in a health care facility or public health department in a nursing, laboratory or infection prevention role. Long-term care experience is preferred.
- Bachelor’s degree in nursing, public health, epidemiology, microbiology or a related field.
- Completion of specialized training in infection prevention. Current certification by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology or active candidacy for certification is preferred.
- Thorough understanding of infectious and communicable diseases as they pertain to long-term care settings, including thorough knowledge of infection prevention and control practices and of respiratory protection programs.
- Ability to interpret and apply laws, regulations, policies and procedures and to understand and help others implement evidence-based guidelines. Additional knowledge of quality improvement methodologies and their practical application preferred.
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to teach, train and build constructive relationships with long-term care personnel and display professionalism at all times. Ability to use Microsoft Office tools, including Excel.
- Frequent travel within Virginia (50-75%) is required to conduct in-person assessments of infection prevention practices. Overnight travel will be required. A valid Virginia driver’s license is required and reliable transportation is essential.
- Because consultants will visit assisted living facilities and adult day care programs, candidates must be able to document full immunization against COVID-19 before they can be eligible for an offer of employment.