An infection control nurse is a highly trained registered nurse (preferably with a strong science/biology background) that uses their knowledge and training to teach health care facilities and organizations on how to reduce the spread of infections, diseases and spreadable bacteria.
These nurses research common and new bacteria and viruses, and find ways to quickly identify, quarantine and prevent further infections or possible outbreaks.
Information is collected and analyzed through existing research data, laboratory research, data collected from infected populations and cutting edge technology as well as through other forms of data collection and analysis.
Infection control nurses use this data to educate nurses and other health care professionals on proper sanitary practices, the importance of wearing and using protective clothing and work equipment and educate health care professionals on how to follow appropriate patient health care standards.
To further improve the cleanliness and sanitary practices of the hospitals and/or health care centers they work with/for infection control nurses may also create programs and design infection control plans that a particular health care facility can follow in order to ensure that they are following the best health care practices for their patients and employees.
In the event of a possible breakout these nurses will alert local health care centers as well as the local center for disease control in order to contain the spread and help with the administration of antibiotics and other infection control medications.
To protect patients from possible sicknesses caused by a particular hospital or health care center infection control nurses may operate on the premises of a health care facility in order to evaluate and improve their health care standards and ensure that the patient receives the best health care possible in a clean and sanitary environment.
Organizations interested in hiring infection control nurses often look for existing registered nurses with a background in antibiotics, epidemiology and microbiology with a good understanding of infectious diseases.
Potential nurses should have a decent understanding of common diseases and disease prevention methods and be experienced in proper chemical disinfection and sterilization practices.
They should also be comfortable with communicating to large groups and be able to educate and teach other health care professionals on how to improve their health care standards through better sanitary and medical safety practices.
Nurses who are interested in working as infection control nurses may find job opportunities through hospitals, health care centers and a number of different state and government agencies dedicated to improving the health care of the country and residing states.
An effective infection control nurse is an important asset within the health care center as their knowledge and experience can be used to save the lives of millions of people through the identification of diseases and the application of effective preventative measures, which can significantly reduce the risk of spreading bacteria, viruses and other disease agents within a country’s health care facilities, organizations and communities.