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Infection Control Nurse

RN Diploma, ASN or BSN

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:

  • Patient-facing
  • Managerial
  • Research-oriented

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Nursing Diploma, Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Pass Your
    National 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 Your
    Infection Control certification exam administered by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (certification must be renewed every five years)
  • Become a
    Certified Infection Control Nurse (CIC)

More About this Specialty
  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Hospitals
    • Outpatient care clinics

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  • How Much You
    Can Make

      an average salary of

      $40K - $57K

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  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • 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.

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