Infection Control Nurses, sometimes-called infection prevention nurses, help prevent patient infections in hospitals and clinics. They instruct other nurses and health care staff on proper sanitation procedures; they also study patients’ bacteria to identify any infections that may have possibly resulted from a patient's health care. Infection control nurses are usually the ones responsible for notifying the closest branch of the Centers for Disease Control.
Things You'll Do:
- Instruct nurses on proper hand-washing procedures
- Create sanitation plans
- Study patients’ bacterial cultures
Your job characteristics:
Get YourNursing Diploma, Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Pass YourNational Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)
You can start working as a Registered Nurse.
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Work as a staff nurse in infection control.
Pass YourInfection Control certification exam administered by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (certification must be renewed every five years)
Become aCertified Infection Control Nurse (CIC)
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Clinical Nurse Specialist, RN
After graduating from nursing school in Japan, I worked for two years in a large Tokyo hospital.
- Outpatient care clinics
How Much You
an average salary of$40K - $57Kfind salary by state
What Else You
- You can work with pediatric infections, STDs, HIV, and hospitalization infections.
- Develop plans to prevent patients from spreading diseases throughout the hospital or other patient care facilities.