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Ambulatory Safety Officer (RN)

University of Colorado Medicine, AURORA, Colorado, United States of America Req #354
Friday, August 16, 2019

CU Medicine is dedicated to providing business operations and administrative support to the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s nearly 3,000 providers and is affiliated with the leading medical institutions in the West.  Located adjacent to the Anschutz Medical Campus, one of the largest and most advanced academic medical campuses in the country, CU Medicine offers a variety of administrative, technical and healthcare support career opportunities and serves as a resource for patients and physicians.

 

We are seeking a highly skilled Ambulatory Safety Officer to join our team.

 

Under direction of the Vice President of Community Practice Division, the Safety Officer will develop the vision and direction for the safety of patient care delivered by all CU School of Medicine (SOM) practices. This position is responsible for the development of programs to ensure compliance with federal and state regulatory agencies (Colorado Department of Health, APIC OSHA, CDC, CMS) and licensure requirements, as well as established organizational policies and procedures.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • In conjunction with Ambulatory Risk Management, develop and oversee comprehensive annual practice risk assessments for new and existing SOM practices to identify gaps in clinical and regulatory processes (including but not limited to OSHA, CLIA, laser safety, infection prevention, sterilization, emergency operations, and facility management). 
  • Manage development of action plans for identified gaps in process and opportunities for improvement in all practices.
  • Oversee health care facilities to ensure safe and accessible buildings including parking, environmental services, security, etc.
  • Participate in facility contracting in order to identify potential life safety issues.
  • Provide preventative education and training in OSHA mandates (workplace violence, inclement weather response, fire, emergency and active shooter drills).
  • Oversee hazardous waste materials management program including disposing of pharmaceuticals and ensure appropriate and adequate protective equipment is provided and utilized by employees.
  • Make recommendations regarding construction/renovation projects and perform environmental rounds to ensure compliance with national and/or professional standards (e.g. fire doors, ventilation, gases, cleaning).
  • Develop, implement and supervise a comprehensive radiation and laser safety program including maintaining records of education and competency for faculty and staff.
  • Establish, implement and administer infection control and sterilization policies and procedures; conduct ongoing review of policies, procedures and guidelines to identify infection control discrepancies and implement revisions as necessary; provide information to department managers to formulate action plans to meet requirements in the policies, procedures.
  • Oversee compliance of the Exposure Control Plan and Infection Control Practices of the division utilizing the national standards/guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Ensure full and accurate health, safety and training records are maintained and provide reports to the senior management team on relevant health and safety activities including possible risks in processes, procedures, devices.
  • Serve as an expert resource on regulatory issues for clinic staff, physicians, and leadership.
  • Direct bioengineering in regards to assets and preventative maintenance, ongoing repairs and evaluation for lifespan of equipment.  
  • Review products and equipment prior to purchasing and provide annual report to senior leadership regarding work orders, response time, equipment expenses and replacement recommendations.
  • Manage all equipment, product and medication recalls which includes developing communication plans and back up strategy for recalls.
  • Develop relationships with local security, emergency response and police agencies.
  • Oversee and standardize security access control for all buildings and routinely conduct emergency response drills.
  • Maintain knowledge of current standards in all areas described above.
  • Serve as a resource for all providers, staff and clinics.
  • Perform other duties and assist with special projects as assigned.

 

Requires a bachelor’s degree in Nursing and 5 years of progressive leadership, management or educational experience in a medical environment.  Master’s in Nursing is strongly preferred.  Association for Practitioners in Infection Control (APIC) training course or equivalent desired.  Certification in Infection Control (CIC) required or must be obtained within 6 months of employment. The ideal candidate will possess expert verbal and written communication skills and demonstrate knowledge/expertise surrounding Colorado Department of Health, OSHA, CDC, CMS and other county, state, and federal regulatory agencies.  Must have high level negotiation skills which may involve internal and external contacts, leadership, staff, medical staff, regulatory agencies, and the community. Proficiency in MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Visio is required.  The ability to manage multiple, complex initiatives/projects is essential for success.

 

All applications MUST be submitted via our website.

 

CU Medicine is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our staff and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees prior to their employment. We are an equal opportunity employer.

 

CU Medicine supports a Tobacco Free Workplace Environment which prohibits smoking and the use of tobacco products on CU Medicine property, Anschutz Medical Campus and adjacent business locations.

 

Other details

  • Pay Type Salary
  • Required Education Bachelor’s Degree
  • University of Colorado Medicine, AURORA, Colorado, United States of America