Infection Prevention Specialist

Duke Careers
 Durham, NC

Duke Regional Hospital has served Durham, Orange, Person, Granville and Alamance counties and the surrounding communities for nearly 40 years. With more than 1,900 employees, its focus is on providing outstanding medical care with compassionate, personalized service in a comfortable community hospital setting. Duke Regional Hospital has 369 inpatient beds and offers a comprehensive range of medical, surgical and diagnostic services, including orthopedics, weight-loss surgery, women's services, and heart and vascular services, and also offers care at the Duke Rehabilitation Institute and Davis Ambulatory Surgical Center. In fiscal year 2018, Duke Regional Hospital admitted 16,299 patients and had 165,953 outpatient visits in fiscal year 2017.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Duke Regional Hospital as #10 in North Carolina and #4 in the Raleigh-Durham area for 2018-19.

Duke Nursing Highlights:

  • Duke University Health System is designated as a Magnet organization
  • Nurses from each hospital are consistently recognized each year as North Carolinas Great 100 Nurses.
  • Duke University Health System was awarded the American Board of Nursing Specialties Award for Nursing Certification Advocacy for being strong advocates of specialty nursing certification.
  • Duke University Health System has 6000 + registered nurses
  • Quality of Life: Living in the Triangle!
  • Relocation Assistance!

The Infection Prevention Specialistis trained in hospital epidemiology principles and is responsible for the surveillance, analysis, interpretation and reporting of hospital acquired infections (HAI); educating employees about infection prevention; and the development of health system policies and procedures to insure rigorous infection control standards that meet JCAHO, OSHA, Centers for Medicaid/Medicare Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other nationally organized agencies recommendations and requirements.

Work Performed


Apply epidemiologic principles and statistical methods, including risk stratification, to identify target population, analyze trends and risk factors, and design and evaluate prevention and control strategies.

Conduct on-going surveillance using Center of Disease Control (CDC) and National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)infection criteria.Documentation and investigation of healthcare associated infections through review of admission diagnoses, microbiology culture results, isolation orders, patient records, consultation requests, post-discharge surveillance, and autopsy findings.

Collect data on the incidence of selected devices use in inpatient care units. Participate in investigations of unusual hospital infection outbreaks utilizing the microbiology laboratory, consultation with Infectious Disease Division, county/state public health departments, and when necessary in consultation with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Report epidemiologically significant findings to appropriate customers.

Evaluate the effectiveness of the surveillance plan and modifies as necessary.

Report communicable diseases to the county and/or state health department and maintain appropriate records.

Compile and interpret surveillance reports to Infection Control committee, specialty areas, and executive medical committee on a regular basis.


Collect data in support of epidemiological studies of specific problems or problem areas to determine the source of the problem and make appropriate recommendations.

Promote safe environment:

Assess environmental control through surveillance of construction projects, water supply systems, air quality and pressure relationships to maintain a safe environment.

Conduct environmental rounds in all inpatient and outpatient care areas.

Performance Improvement:Participate in quality/performance improvement activities by assessing, monitoring, and measuring healthcare associated infections and evaluating outcomes on a continuous basis. Select indicators based on the projected use of the data.

Plan and participate in the budget process.

Assist in the organization of regularly scheduled Hospital Infection Control meetings and dissemination of recommendations hospital-wide.

Plan, organize, develop and implement educational programs for all hospital employees including administrative and ancillary services which convey specialized knowledge and skills to increase employee awareness of healthcare associated infections; techniques for avoidance and preventive measures to provide a safe environment for all healthcare personnel, patients and visitors.

Outbreak and Exposures:Develop appropriate informational materials at appropriate level of understanding and need. Serve as a knowledgeable and available resource on infection control and prevention practices and policies to patients, families, staff, and health system.


Maintain compliance with national standards and regulating bodies such asThe Joint Commission, CDC, OSHA, FDA and HCFA.

Develop and update isolation techniques and procedures in accordance with current standards of practice, rules and regulations.

Participate in development and maintaining policies which provides an environment of safety related to exposure of infectious diseases or cross contamination for all patients, healthcare personnel, contractors, volunteer and visitors.

Recommend and evaluate procedures or policy statements relating to infection control and prevention within Duke Hospital. Maintain an updated reference manual on infectious diseases and hospital infection control as recommended by The Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Hospitals.

Education and Professional Growth:

Assist in the development of educational content for healthcare personnel, faculty, staff, contractors, patients, families and visitors.

Deliver presentations at regularly scheduled and ad hoc offerings.

Assess, identify, plan, implement and evaluate educational activities.

Engage with unit and hospital leaders to assess, identify, design, implement and evaluate infection prevention and control strategies.

Serve as the content expert contributing to policy, procedure and protocol development.

Participate in relevant councils, committees and workgroups.

Participate in continuing educational activities at the department, state, and national levels to promote personal growth and maintain a current knowledge base commensurate with latest research and scholarly knowledge.

Maintain a knowledge base of current infection prevention and control information through peer networking, internet access, published literature and professional meetings.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Must be able to safely lift up to 50 pounds. Must display a neat, clean, professional appearance. Must understand importance of and maintain confidentiality of patient information. Exhibit an attitude, which promotes harmony and goodwill among patients, caregivers, co-workers, and others throughout the health system. Must communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing. Must be able to listen effectively to patients, caregivers, co-workers, supervisor, and others within a multidisciplinary health system. Must participate in weekly and monthly on call schedule.

Level Characteristics


Minimum Qualifications


Bachelor degree in Nursing, Microbiology, Medical Technology, Epidemiology, or Master of Public Health (MPH) Required.


Minimum 3 years of experience in acute care hospital or similar required. One year of Infection Prevention experience, preferred.


RNs, - current or compact RN licensure in the state of North Carolina required.

MTs - current generalist/specialty certification by a nationally recognized board/agency required.

Must obtain CIC within 2 years of hire if not currently certified


M-F 8:00am-4:30pm, weekends and after hours as needed. Will also have an on-call schedule.

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