Under the direction of the Director, Emergency Management and Business Continuity, the position will be responsible and accountable for program management, clinical operations, performance measurement, and staff and public education for special pathogen preparedness. The position will manage the preparedness, readiness and implementation of the special pathogens program for the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and academic practice division. Serve as a subject matter expert for the medical center’s pandemic planning and plan a key role in the plan development and maintenance. Ensure appropriate preparation and support of program components including equipment and supplies, staff, clinical unit(s) and treatment areas, maintenance, sustainment and implementation of the special pathogens plan and management of the grant resources. Ensure coordination and communication with HMC clinical and support services including nursing, infectious diseases, infection prevention EVS, S&D, Safety, IT, Facilities and others. Maintain program compliance with the DOH grant as well as CDC and other guidelines (e.g. NETEC). The position will also interface with local, state, federal and partner facilities to plan for and test program implementation on a set schedule.
BSN Degree required.
Three (3) years of experience in critical care, pre-hospital advanced life support/critical care required.
License as a Registered Nurse (RN) required.
PA Paramedic (or equivalent ALS provider) certification required.
Previous experience in emergency disaster management, or public health with a strong background in coordinating highly infection diseases/emergent pathogens, and knowledge of various personal protective equipment specialties, including respirators is required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES:
Knowledge of HICS, including the capability of working with the incident commander, assigning roles and responsibilities to the incident command staff, and working with leadership in communicating related highly infectious diseases information or updates to the public.
Ability to work and communicate under pressure, handling multiple commitments with poise, professionalism, maturity, and confidence
Advanced knowledge of hazardous materials normally acquired by completing related training programs.
Basic knowledge of Incident Command and the National Incident Management System normally acquired by completing related training programs.
Ability to develop and execute educational programs for a multi-disciplinary team of clinical and non-clinical colleagues.
Presentation, Education and communication skills that ensure that stakeholder groups are able to understand, utilize and apply the information provided.
Project management, follow-up and organization skills that allow the individual to successfully initiate and complete assigned projects and initiatives.
Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) designation preferred.
Knowledge and training in highly infectious biological diseases and weapons of mass destruction preferred.