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Working As An Infection Control Nurse

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • $76,060

    Average Salary

What Does An Infection Control Nurse Do At HCA, Hospital Corporation of America

* Responsible for assisting with the facility’s Quality Performance Improvement activities.
* Responsible for the Hospital Infection Control program.
* The Infection Control RN monitors the incidence of nosocomial infections and develops and implements policies and procedures to prevent cross-contamination.
* Duties include the education of hospital staff, physicians, patients and their significant others.
* The Infection Control RN serves as a resource person, utilizing the expertise of the Hospital Epidemiologist and the Administrator of Quality.
* In this capacity, this individual may deliver direct patient care.
* Assists with and implementing and evaluating systems and measures governing the identification, investigation, reporting, prevention and control of infections and communicable diseases within the hospital, including both healthcare–associated infections and community-acquired infections.
* Assists with coordination of Hospital Infection Control Program.
* Consults for risks of acquiring and or transmitting infections within the hospital and community served.
* Facilitates ongoing monitoring of the effectiveness of prevention and/or control activities.
* Fosters positive environment and ensures effective communication flows between all necessary parties involved in the continuum of care.
* Follows the established chain of command.
* In conjunction with the Director, coordinates all infection and control activities within the hospital.
* Maintains a log of incidents related to infections and communicable diseases.
* Provides assistance to departments in compliance with the Joint Commission, Risk Management, Safety, Medicare, Medicaid and related standards.
* Serves as an interdepartmental liaison with individuals in every hospital department.
* Supports and directs policies governing the control of infections and communicable diseases.
* Takes necessary steps to prevent or control the acquisition and transmission of infectious agents.
* Actively participates in hospital wide and departmental committees.
* Able to prioritize, collect, display and distribute data.
* Current Utah RN license in good standing (Compact RN
* When a nurse changes primary state of residence by moving from one compact state to another, the nurse can practice in the new state on the former license for up to 90 days.
* The 90 days starts when the nurse becomes a resident in the new state).
* Current certification as a BLS Healthcare Provider.
* Associate Degree Nursing, Diploma RN, or BSN degree
* RN 3 years acute care experience or past Infection Control experience Preferred.
* Skills relating to quality audits, chart review, and quality improvement process are required by the position.
* Needs good computer skills, communication skills, and writing ability

What Does An Infection Control Nurse Do At Kaiser Permanente

* Assists with planning, development, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and revision of Infection Prevention and Control Program goals, standards, policies and procedures
* Coordinates multi-disciplinary and interdepartmental efforts to improve performance of infection prevention/control programs and services
* Facilitates meeting applicable regulatory requirements through monitoring and reporting infection trends in the acute, ambulatory and other care settings
* Reports communicable diseases and supporting laboratory data to the local, state and national health departments as required
* Participates in the development and review of Infection Prevention and Control Standards of Care, Policy and Procedure for assigned areas
* Together with the Infection Prevention and Control leadership, develops and maintains excellent, collaborative relations with key stakeholders/departments including but not limited to: Employee Health, Nursing, Perioperative, Perinatal, Emergency Services, Urgent Care, ambulatory, Support Services and various physician specialties
* Maintains on-going communications and cooperative relationships with medical center committees and external agencies
* Participates in epidemiological investigations of significant clusters of infection above established standards and of unusual isolates as directed by the Infection Prevention and Control leadership
* Interacts with Occupational/Employee health to institute and maintain control measures pertaining to health care worker and/or member exposures
* Assists with supervision and management of the Infection Prevention and control clerical/ancillary staff
* Provides in-service education for the medical center area, general orientation, annual review, and as needed
* Provides expert review and consultation for facility construction/remodels, and/or new patient care equipment
* Assumes other activities and responsibilities from time to time as directed

What Does An Infection Control Nurse Do At Johns Hopkins Medicine

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* Work Location: Johns Hopkins Hospital, 601 N.
* Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD
* Pay Grade: CO
* Bachelor's degree or Certification in Infection Control required.
* Master's degree preferred
* Registered Nurse, Microbiologist or Masters in Public Health.
* Certification in Infection Control (CIC) preferred
* Requires a minimum of 2 years of related work experience.
* Related experience includes Infection Control, Nursing, Microbiology, Epidemiology, or Public Health
* Johns Hopkins Hospital is a Smoke Free Campus"_
* Johns Hopkins Health System and its affiliates are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employers.
* All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity,sex, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, and or any other status protected by federal, state, or local

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How To Become An Infection Control Nurse

Registered nurses usually take one of three education paths: a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN), an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), or a diploma from an approved nursing program. Registered nurses also must be licensed.


In all nursing education programs, students take courses in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, nutrition, psychology, and other social and behavioral sciences, as well as in liberal arts. BSN programs typically take 4 years to complete; ADN and diploma programs usually take 2 to 3 years to complete. All programs include supervised clinical experience.

Bachelor’s degree programs usually include additional education in the physical and social sciences, communication, leadership, and critical thinking. These programs also offer more clinical experience in nonhospital settings. A bachelor’s degree or higher is often necessary for administrative positions, research, consulting, and teaching.

Generally, licensed graduates of any of the three types of education programs (bachelor’s, associate’s, or diploma) qualify for entry-level positions as a staff nurse. However, employers—particularly those in hospitals—may require a bachelor’s degree.

Many registered nurses with an ADN or diploma choose to go back to school to earn a bachelor’s degree through an RN-to-BSN program. There are also master’s degree programs in nursing, combined bachelor’s and master’s programs, and accelerated programs for those who wish to enter the nursing profession and already hold a bachelor’s degree in another field. Some employers offer tuition reimbursement.

Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) must earn a master’s degree in nursing and typically already have 1 or more years of work experience as an RN or in a related field. CNSs who conduct research typically need a doctoral degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

In all states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories, registered nurses must have a nursing license. To become licensed, nurses must graduate from an approved nursing program and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

Other requirements for licensing vary by state. Each state’s board of nursing can give details. For more information on the NCLEX-RN and a list of state boards of nursing, visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

Nurses may become certified through professional associations in specific areas, such as ambulatory care, gerontology, and pediatrics, among others. Although certification is usually voluntary, it demonstrates adherence to a higher standard, and some employers require it.

CNSs must satisfy additional state licensing requirements, such as earning specialty certifications. Contact state boards of nursing for specific requirements.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. Registered nurses must be able to assess changes in the health status of patients, including determining when to take corrective action and when to make referrals.

Communication skills. Registered nurses must be able to communicate effectively with patients in order to understand their concerns and assess their health conditions. Nurses need to explain instructions, such as how to take medication, clearly. They must be able to work in teams with other health professionals and communicate the patients’ needs.

Compassion. Registered nurses should be caring and empathetic when caring for patients.

Detail oriented. Registered nurses must be responsible and detail oriented because they must make sure that patients get the correct treatments and medicines at the right time.

Emotional stability. Registered nurses need emotional resilience and the ability to manage their emotions to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stresses.

Organizational skills. Nurses often work with multiple patients with various health needs. Organizational skills are critical to ensure that each patient is given appropriate care.

Physical stamina. Nurses should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as moving patients. They may be on their feet for most of their shift.


Most registered nurses begin as staff nurses in hospitals or community health settings. With experience, good performance, and continuous education, they can move to other settings or be promoted to positions with more responsibility.

In management, nurses can advance from assistant clinical nurse manager, charge nurse, or head nurse to more senior-level administrative roles, such as assistant director or director of nursing, vice president of nursing, or chief nursing officer. Increasingly, management-level nursing positions are requiring a graduate degree in nursing or health services administration. Administrative positions require leadership, communication skills, negotiation skills, and good judgment.

Some nurses move into the business side of healthcare. Their nursing expertise and experience on a healthcare team equip them to manage ambulatory, acute, home-based, and chronic care businesses. Employers—including hospitals, insurance companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and managed care organizations, among others—need registered nurses for jobs in health planning and development, marketing, consulting, policy development, and quality assurance.

Some RNs choose to become nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, or nurse practitioners, which, along with clinical nurse specialists, are types of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). APRNs may provide primary and specialty care, and in many states they may prescribe medications.

Other nurses work as postsecondary teachers in colleges and universities.

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Infection Control Nurse Career Paths

Infection Control Nurse
Nursing Director Clinical Coordinator Nurse Manager
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Director Of Nursing Registered Nurse Case Manager Nursing Director
Chief Nursing Officer
14 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Supervisor Registered Nurse Case Manager
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Director Of Nursing Nursing Director
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Career Coordinator Therapist Clinical Manager
Director Of Clinical Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Nursing Director
Director Of Health Services
11 Yearsyrs
Nurse Manager Program Director Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Career Coordinator Assistant Director Of Nursing Clinical Coordinator
Director Of Pharmacist
10 Yearsyrs
Staff Development Coordinator Assistant Director Of Nursing Nursing Director
Director Of Staff Development
8 Yearsyrs
MDS Coordinator Clinical Coordinator Career Manager
Managed Care Director
8 Yearsyrs
MDS Coordinator PRN Clinical Pharmacist
Manager Of Clinical Services
9 Yearsyrs
Nurse Manager Adjunct Faculty Assistant Professor
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Case Manager Program Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Supervisor Unit Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Utilization Review Nurse Staff Nurse
Patient Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Staff Development Coordinator Nurse Manager Patient Care Manager
Patient Relations Director
10 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Clinical Supervisor Program Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Nursing Director Case Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Assistant Director Personal Trainer
Wellness Director
7 Yearsyrs
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Infection Control Nurse Demographics


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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Portuguese

  • Ukrainian

  • French

  • Russian

  • Arabic

  • Italian

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Real Infection Control Nurse Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Infection Control Nurse Coordinator NYC-HHC-Kings County Hospital Center New York, NY Nov 02, 2012 $70,651
Infection Control Nurse Coordinator NYC-HHC-Kings County Hospital Center New York, NY Nov 02, 2009 $65,897
Infection Control Nurse Manager NMS Healthcare of Hagerstown, LLC Hagerstown, MD Oct 01, 2010 $64,480
Infection Control Practicioner Prime Healthcare Anaheim LLC CA Nov 16, 2009 $55,472

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Top Skills for An Infection Control Nurse


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Top Infection Control Nurse Skills

  1. Infection Control Practices
  2. Bed Facility
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conduct training sessions to ensure constant implementation of infection control practices.
  • Directed patient care for a 59-bed facility and supervised staff of 6-8.
  • Provided treatments for wound care utilizing currently recommended specialty dressings and procedures.
  • Monitored hospital infection control surveillance, coordinate infection control meetings and minutes.
  • Complete studies with recommendations to managers for quality assurance on all aspects of nursing, security, safety, and nutrition.

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