101 Careers in Nursing

By Jeanne M. Novotny; Doris T. Lippman et al. | Go to book overview

Infection Control Nurse
1. Basic description—Nurse who specializes in identifying, controlling, and preventing outbreaks of infection in health care settings and the community. These nurses establish and implement guidelines directed toward the prevention, detection, and control of infectious processes. Activities include the collection and analysis of infection control data; the planning, implementation, and evaluation of infection prevention and control measures; the education of individuals about infection risk, prevention, and control; the development and revision of infection control policies and procedures; the investigation of suspected outbreaks of infection; and the provision of consultation on infection risk assessment, prevention, and control strategies. Practice areas include long-term care facilities, community or regional hospitals, non-acute inpatient institutions, industry private and public settings, nursing homes, and mental health facilities.
2. Educational requirements—RN preparation and BSN required; documented educational programs related to epidemiology, sterilization, sanitation, disinfection, patient care practice, and adult education principles. Certification as an Infection Control Practitioner preferred. Education at MSN or MPH may be required.
3. Core competencies/skills needed:
Ability to diagnose HIV/AIDS, TB, scabies, nosocomial infections, and other infectious diseases
Knowledge of prevention of infectious diseases
Knowledge and expertise in microbiology, epidemiology, statistics, sterilization and disinfection, infectious diseases, and antibiotic usage
Consultative and teaching skills
Knowledge of the multitude of federal and organizational mandates
4. Compensation—Varies with place of employment and geographic location.
5. Employment outlook—High
6. Related Web sites and professional organizations:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov
Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC): www.apic.org

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