Aspirus Wausau Hospital - Wausau, WI

Infection preventionist

Job Summary

Infection Preventionist

We are looking for a candidate to work alongside another IP professional under the Manager of Infection Prevention at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. The 325 bed facility has an average daily census of 225 and is located in Wausau, Wisconsin.  

This position will be entry-level, and no registered nursing license is required, though it is preferred.

About Aspirus Wausau

Aspirus Wausau Hospital is the flagship of the Aspirus system that serves patients in 14 counties across northern and central Wisconsin, as well as the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It is licensed for 325 beds and staffed by 350 physicians in 35 specialties.

Aspirus Wausau Hospital provides primary, secondary and tertiary care services as a regional referral center. Specialty referral service emphasis exists in cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery, orthopedics and cancer. The hospital has an average daily inpatient census of 160 with approximately 15,000 admissions per year. Outpatient visits exceed 50,000 and there are also more than 24,000 annual emergency department visits.

Best known for its world-class cardiovascular program, Aspirus Wausau Hospital also provides leading edge cancer, trauma, women’s health, and spine and neurological care.

About the town

Wausau, Wi

A-

Public Schools

B

Housing

A-

Good for Familes

B

Jobs

B+

Cost of Living

A-

Outdoor Activities

C+

Crime & Safety

A-

Nightlife

B+

Diversity

C

Weather

B+

Health & Fitness

A

Commute

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Scores

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

MeasureThe Hospital’s ScoreWorst Performing HospitalAvg. Performing HospitalBest Performing HospitalData SourceTime Period Covered
Dangerous object left in patient’s body What’s This?0.0000.3590.020.000CMS07/01/2017 – 06/30/2019
Air or gas bubble in the blood What’s This?0.0000.036.00040.000CMS07/01/2017 – 06/30/2019
Patient falls and injuries What’s This?0.3261.7780.420.000CMS07/01/2017 – 06/30/2019
Infection in the blood What’s This?0.7783.4200.810.000CMS04/01/2019 – 12/31/2019 and 07/01/2020 – 9/30/2020
Infection in the urinary tract What’s This?0.4142.6440.750.000CMS04/01/2019 – 12/31/2019 and 07/01/2020 – 9/30/2020
Surgical site infection after colon surgery What’s This?0.5222.8870.800.000CMS04/01/2019 – 12/31/2019 and 07/01/2020 – 9/30/2020
MRSA Infection What’s This?0.0003.0550.840.000CMS04/01/2019 – 12/31/2019 and 07/01/2020 – 9/30/2020
C. diff. Infection What’s This?0.5071.9490.540.000CMS04/01/2019 – 12/31/2019 and 07/01/2020 – 9/30/2020
Death from treatable serious complications What’s This?195.97206.08159.6795.65CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
Harmful Events What’s This?1.113.351.000.60CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Dangerous bed sores What’s This? *0.938.800.580.04CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Collapsed lung What’s This? *0.200.480.230.12CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Falls causing broken hips What’s This? *0.090.160.090.07CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Blood Leakage What’s This? *2.675.582.541.26CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Kidney injury after surgery What’s This? *1.873.451.420.58CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Serious breathing problem What’s This? *4.0117.095.181.66CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Dangerous blood clot What’s This? *4.218.413.611.65CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Sepsis infection after surgery What’s This? *4.999.734.962.31CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Surgical wound splits open What’s This? *0.801.540.860.57CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
      Accidental cuts and tears What’s This? *0.803.971.210.37CMS07/01/2018 – 12/31/2019
* This measure is a part of the Harmful Events Composite and is not used for scoring.

Process measures include the management structures and procedures a hospital has in place to protect patients from errors, accidents, and injuries.

MeasureThe Hospital’s ScoreWorst Performing HospitalAvg. Performing HospitalBest Performing HospitalData SourceTime Period Covered
Doctors order medications through a computer What’s This?45585.77100Imputation Model AppliedNot Applicable
Safe medication administration What’s This?45583.25100Imputation Model AppliedNot Applicable
Specially trained doctors care for ICU patients What’s This?5562.82100Imputation Model AppliedNot Applicable
Effective leadership to prevent errors What’s This?Declined to Report46.15116.85120.002021 Leapfrog Hospital Survey2021
Staff work together to prevent errors What’s This?Declined to Report0.00116.49120.002021 Leapfrog Hospital Survey2021
Enough qualified nurses What’s This?Declined to Report17.6598.16100.002021 Leapfrog Hospital Survey2021
Handwashing What’s This?Declined to Report1574.361002021 Leapfrog Hospital Survey2021
Communication with nurses What’s This?917391.1098CMS01/01/2019 – 12/31/2019
Communication with doctors What’s This?928091.0098CMS01/01/2019 – 12/31/2019
Responsiveness of hospital staff What’s This?866084.3894CMS01/01/2019 – 12/31/2019
Communication about medicines What’s This?795377.6692CMS01/01/2019 – 12/31/2019
Communication about discharge What’s This?896786.5196CMS01/01/2019 – 12/31/2019

Hospital Leadership

MEET THE staff

Alex Scaffidi

Talent Acquisition Recruiter

Debra Ball, EdD, SPHR

Senior Human Resource & Organizational Development Leader

Suzanne Sparger

Director of Quality Improvement

Official job description

infection preventionist - Aspirus Wausau

INFECTION PREVENTIONIST
Nursing
000740-QUALITY SERVICES
Wausau, WI
Full Time
Day
Req # 31286
For a 4th year in a row, Aspirus has been recognized as one of the top 15 Top Health Systems in the United States by IBM Watson in their annual study identifying the top-performing health systems in the country based on overall organizational performance.

We are seeking a INFECTION PREVENTIONIST in Wausau, WI at Aspirus Wausau Hospital who is responsible for surveillance, prevention and control of infections that could be transmitted in a healthcare setting as well as the prevention or minimization of the risk of occupational exposure to employees. Recommends and administers comprehensive infection prevention and control policies and procedures and monitors the environment for potential risks. Collaborates with manager to ensure infection prevention and control policies and procedures are compliant with regulatory requirements and standards. Collects, aggregates and analyzes data related to all aspects of infection prevention to afford opportunities to improve clinical care and patient safety. Prepares reports detailing findings and submits same to appropriate leadership.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE/QUALIFICATIONS
Knowledge of patient care standards and practices as they relate to infection prevention normally acquired through completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing or an allied health profession.
A minimum of two years of experience working in an acute care hospital or public health agency.
Previous experience as a member of an Infection Prevention/Control program beneficial.
Educational or job related experience providing a working knowledge of the basics of infection surveillance, prevention and control, as well as principles of epidemiology, infectious disease and patient care practice beneficial.
Current membership in professional organizations beneficial.
Possesses interpersonal skills necessary in order to interact efficiently with all levels of hospital personnel, conduct educational programs, and provide advice and counsel regarding Infection Control program and policies.
Demonstrates proficiency with use of a PC and utilization of automated hospital information systems and national databases.
Possesses a broad-based knowledge and understanding of Quality/Performance Improvement philosophy and methodology, and application of such in the clinical setting.
A general understanding of regulatory agencies specific to healthcare operations, i.e., TJC, OSHA, CMS, and FDA, with application of risk management principles.
Possesses a broad knowledge of medical and nursing patient care as well as medical record management.

LICENSURE
If a Registered Nurse, possesses an active Wisconsin RN license desired.
If allied health profession, possesses appropriate accreditation (i.e., ASCP).
Hours: 1.0 full-time, 80 hours in 2 weeks. Flexible shift – generally 8am – 4:30pm

Aspirus Wausau Hospital is the flagship of the Aspirus system that serves patients in 14 counties across northern and central Wisconsin, as well as the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It is a licensed private/not-for-profit facility with 325 beds and staffed by 350 physicians in 35 specialties. Aspirus Wausau Hospital is a Level II trauma center that provides primary, secondary and tertiary care services as a regional referral center. Specialty referral service emphasis exists in cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery, orthopedics and cancer. The hospital has an average daily inpatient census of 160 with approximately 15,000 admissions per year. Outpatient visits exceed 50,000 and there are also more than 24,000 annual emergency department visits.

Best known for its world-class cardiovascular program, Aspirus Wausau Hospital also provides leading edge cancer, trauma, women’s health, and spine and neurological care.

As an Aspirus team, we demonstrate caring, we plan to impact the future, work with happiness and enthusiasm, recognize our power to make a difference and improve the health of our communities.

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FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

Yes. All of our open positions come with some sort of relocation allowance to help with the expenses of relocating. 

Yes. We will prep you for every interview you take. We know what our clients are looking for, so we will let you know what to expect and what experiences and accomplishments you should be sure to communicate to them in an interview.

Yes. If you connect us with another Infection Prevention professional that is interested in this position, and ultimately gets hired – we will send you a $500 referral bonus. 

Of course. We work to get you the highest possibly financial package – and communicate our progress throughout the process. We are financially incentivized to get you the most lucrative offer possible. 

Absolutely. We will review your resume before we submit it to the client to make sure it communicates everything it needs to.

First, everything we offer to our candidates is completely FREE. 

We operate as advisors and consultants for your Infection Prevention career. We’ve recruited in this industry for a long time and understand the profession as well as anyone.

If you decide you’d like us to represent you and apply for a position, the first thing our team will do is examine your resumé closely. We will fix up your resumé to ensure it communicates exactly what our client is looking for – demonstrating not only what you’ve been responsible for in previous Infection Prevention positions, but also how effective you’ve been in those roles. 

We have direct access to the hiring managers in the positions we search on which allows us to present your resumé directly to them, knowing exactly what they want to see in a candidate. We will keep you in the loop when this happens and what their initial feedback is. No more waiting in the dark hoping to hear back from HR.

Because of our relationships with the hiring manager, we have the ability to make a case for them to speak with you. It also allows us to get quick, honest feedback following each interview you have. And we will provide that feedback to you, good or bad.

In addition to preparing your resumé and presenting directly to the hiring manager, we also will prep you for each and every interview. Again, we know what our clients are looking for, so we will let you know what to expect and what experiences and accomplishments you should be sure to communicate to them in an interview.

In terms of the interview process, we’ll work with you and the client to get those scheduled during a time that makes sense for you.

Perhaps the most beneficial piece of being represented by Clutch Recruitment is that we’ll negotiate an offer for you – securing the highest possible offer the client can make. Don’t worry about your salary demands rubbing your future employer the wrong way;  we do all of that for you, ensuring a completely fair offer, without the awkwardness that potentially comes with it. We are financially incentivized to get you the highest possible offer, and we will ensure that happens.

Once you accept an offer, our work doesn’t stop. We’ll be there to talk you through your resignation and prepare you for how to handle a counter offer, along with all other complications that may arise. 

We have a large in house sourcing team that collects information from various databases online including LinkedIn, certification boards, and professional associations. 

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