Infection Control Nursing

The Path to Becoming an Infection Control Nurse

Infection control nurses, or infection prevention nurses, help prevent patient infections by instructing other nurses and healthcare staff on proper sanitation and hand-washing procedures and other steps to prevent the spread of disease. They also study bacterial cultures taken from patients to identify any infections that resulted from the way a patient’s health care was handled. Infection control nurses are usually the ones responsible for notifying the Centers for Disease Control if there is an outbreak of infection. If they study bacterial cultures as part of their job, they are typically laboratory-trained with strong science backgrounds (and often master’s degrees).

Preparation Path

  • GET YOUR NURSING DIPLOMA, ASN OR BSN
  • PASS YOUR NCLEX AND BECOME AN RN
  • GAIN CLINICAL EXPERIENCE WITH INFECTION CONTROL
  • BECOME CERTIFIED IF DESIRED

 

$50,000 - $70,000

Annual Salary Range

Typical Tasks

  • Identifying, controlling and preventing outbreaks of infection
  • Collecting and analyzing infection-control data
  • Implementing and evaluating infection prevention and control measures
  • Developing and revising infection control policies and procedures and ensuring compliance
  • Investigating suspected infection outbreaks

Education Requirements

Nursing Diploma, ASN, or BSN

Employment Settings

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Outpatient facilities
  • Home care facilities

Certification

RN, plus certification through the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology