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Become An Infection Control Practitioner

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Working As An Infection Control Practitioner

  • 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

  • $67,490

    Average Salary

What Does An Infection Control Practitioner Do At Centegra Health Systems

* Performs on-going monitoring, surveillance and trending of healthcare-associated infections.
* Assesses infection prevention opportunities and makes recommendations for corrective action and implementation.
* Supports and facilitates the medical staff Infection Control Committee; prepares quarterly agenda, coordinates agenda items from members and guests, and provides data, policy and public reportable data.
* Performs annual and ongoing risk assessment and monitors organizational compliance with all infection prevention practices.
* Works in collaboration with physicians, leadership, and associates, serving as a resource for all departments and personnel.
* Consults with department leaders and physicians as needed to improve patient outcomes.
* Initiates and revises infection prevention policies and procedures.
* Conducts outbreak investigation and initiates prevention measures.
* Participates in project review and assessment during facility construction
* Reports communicable diseases to the state as required by law.
* Initiates follow-up on associate/patient exposures to communicable diseases.
* Provides educational offerings for orientation and on-going in-services.
* Participates in performance improvement activities related to patient safety and reduction of healthcare associated infections.
* Participates in short and long range planning for the infection prevention department.
* Facilitates timely and accurate data submission to NHSN for public reporting requirements.
* Performs other duties as directed.
* This position integrates the CHS values of genuine respect, passionate caring and a joyful spirit into each of the responsibilities of this job and daily communication with all customers and co-workers.
* This position adheres to and is responsible for the safety standards of Centegra Health System including the completion of the mandatory organizational safety standards on an annual basis.
* This position actively maintains confidentiality for our patients and their families as outlined in the CHS Patient Confidentiality Policy and shows the same level of respect for every Associate with in CHS.
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How To Become An Infection Control Practitioner

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.

Education

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.

Advancement

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 Practitioner Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    84.2%
  • Male

    14.4%
  • Unknown

    1.4%

Ethnicity

  • White

    80.8%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    10.2%
  • Asian

    6.6%
  • Unknown

    1.3%
  • Black or African American

    0.9%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    23.1%
  • Swedish

    7.7%
  • Portuguese

    7.7%
  • Czech

    7.7%
  • Bosnian

    7.7%
  • Albanian

    7.7%
  • Serbian

    7.7%
  • French

    7.7%
  • Slovak

    7.7%
  • Polish

    7.7%
  • Croatian

    7.7%
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Real Infection Control Practitioner Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Infection Control Officer Integrated Therapy Specialists, LLC Chicago, IL Dec 01, 2009 $125,011
Infection Control Practitioner General Hospital Corporation Boston, MA Nov 30, 2015 $102,003
Infection Control Practitioner General Hospital Corporation Boston, MA Nov 29, 2016 $101,920
Infection Control Practitioner General Hospital Corporation Boston, MA Nov 30, 2016 $101,920
Infection Control Practitioner Central Arkansas Rehabilitation Associates, LP Sherwood, AR Sep 16, 2016 $75,109
Infection Control Practitioner University Community Hospital, Inc. Tampa, FL Jun 09, 2015 $73,000
Infection Control Practitioner Olympia Health Care, LLC Los Angeles, CA Jul 01, 2010 $68,161
Infection Control Practitioner Olympia Medical Center Los Angeles, CA Jun 25, 2010 $68,161
Infection Control Officer Brentwood North Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center River Forest, IL Sep 22, 2010 $64,780
Infection Control Practitioner Olympia Health Care, LLC Los Angeles, CA Jul 01, 2013 $64,426
Infection Control Practitioner Olympia Medical Center Los Angeles, CA Nov 08, 2011 $60,507
Infection Control Officer Health Resources Solutions Lombard, IL Oct 01, 2011 $60,481
Infection Control Officer Advanced Healthcare Hospital Pontiac, MI Sep 25, 2014 $58,979
Infection Control Officer Chicago Ridge Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Chicago Ridge, IL Oct 01, 2009 $54,053
Infection Control Officer Morris Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, LLC Morris, IL Sep 17, 2010 $54,053
Infection Control Officer Glenbridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Ltd Niles, IL Sep 22, 2010 $54,053
Infection Control Officer Glenshire Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Ltd Richton Park, IL Sep 30, 2010 $54,053
Infection Control Officer Glen Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Ltd Northbrook, IL Oct 01, 2010 $54,053
Infection Control Officer Glencrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Ltd Chicago, IL Oct 01, 2010 $54,053
Infection Control Officer RREM, Inc. Chicago, IL Sep 13, 2010 $54,053
Infection Control Officer Regency Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Niles, IL Oct 01, 2010 $54,053
Infection Control Officer Westwood Manor, Inc. Chicago, IL Oct 01, 2010 $54,053
Infection Control Officer RREM, Inc. Chicago, IL Oct 01, 2010 $54,053
Infection Control Officer Integrated Therapy Specialists, LLC Chicago, IL Oct 01, 2010 $54,053

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Top Skills for An Infection Control Practitioner

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Top Infection Control Practitioner Skills

  1. Infection Control Practices
  2. Surveillance Activities
  3. Infection Control Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Complete direct observation of patient care processes to monitor for breaks in infection control practices.
  • Carried out surveillance activities and isolation actions.
  • Observed surgical staff in the Operating Rooms to monitor any break in infection control procedures during surgical operations.
  • Implement national, state, and corporate guidelines for infection prevention and surveillance.
  • Revised and created new policies to ensure compliance with various new standards and regulations.

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