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Name: Infection Control Nurse
Description: Specializes in identifying, controlling, and preventing outbreaks of infection in healthcare settings and the community. 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
Diagnoses: HIV/AIDS, TB, scabies, nosocomial infections; also prevention
Practice roles: Infection control nurse, nurse manager, supervisor, coordinator, director, educator, researcher
Characteristics: Collaborative relationships, high-profile position, patient contact, teaching and consulting opportunities
Client age group: All ages
Drawbacks: Multitude of federal/organizational mandates and guidelines; can be difficult to keep knowledge current
Desirable skills: Knowledge and expertise in microbiology, epidemiology, statistics, sterilization and disinfection, infectious diseases, antibiotic usage, and clinical practice; consultative and teaching skills
Education: RN
Employers: Hospitals, long-term care facilities, home care, and ambulatory care agencies
Certification:
Certification Board of Infection Control
1275 K Street, NW, #1000
Washington, DC 20005-4006
202-454-2550
Associations:
Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
1275 K St., NW, #1000
Washington, DC 20005-4006
202-789-1890
Publications:
American Journal of Infection Control (journal)
APIC (newsletter)
 
Infection Control in Long-Term Care Facilities Newsletter
202-296-2742