Infection Control Nurse Career Guide

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An Infection Control Registered Nurse (RN) is a vital healthcare professional responsible for preventing and controlling the spread of infections within healthcare settings. They play a critical role in ensuring patient safety by implementing infection control protocols and strategies to minimize the risk of healthcare-associated infections.

Essential Job Functions:

Infection Control RNs monitor and assess infection risks, develop and implement


To become an Infection Control RN, individuals typically need to complete an Associate's or Bachelor's degree in Nursing (ADN or BSN) from an accredited nursing program. This education provides the foundational knowledge and clinical skills required for infection control.

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Related certifications

Upon completing their nursing education, candidates often pursue additional training or certification in infection control, such as the Certification in Infection Control (CIC) offered by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CBIC). Relevant experience in nursing, particularly in infection control or a related field, can enhance job prospects.

State licenses process and requirements

All 50 states require state licensure to become a professional nurse. Review the step-by-step process to obtain or renew your RN license in each one.
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Staff and Travel Infection Control RNs need a strong understanding of infection prevention practices, epidemiology and healthcare-associated infections. Excellent communication and education skills are essential for training staff and promoting adherence to infection control protocols. Analytical skills are also vital for data collection and outbreak investigation.

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Infection Control RNs are responsible for creating and implementing infection control policies, performing risk assessments, conducting audits and providing ongoing staff education. They collaborate with healthcare teams to respond to outbreaks, ensure compliance with regulations and maintain a safe and infection-free environment for patients and staff.

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Infection Control Nurse

The average salary for a Infection Control Nurse is $2,898.25 per week.

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Pros & Cons

Becoming an Infection Control RN offers several advantages, including the opportunity to contribute to patient safety, improve healthcare outcomes and play a critical role in preventing the spread of infections. The role often involves working collaboratively with interdisciplinary teams and staying updated on the latest infection control practices.

However, the job comes with challenges. Infection Control RNs may need to address

Infection Control Nurse Jobs

View job details for Brownsville, NYTravel ContractBrownsville, NYTravel Nurse RN - Infection ControlHost Healthcare$3,450/wk
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View job details for Grand Junction, COTravel ContractGrand Junction, COTravel Nurse RN - Infection ControlCross Country Nurses$2,775/wkEstimated pay package
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View job details for Grand Junction, COTravel ContractGrand Junction, COTravel Nurse RN - Infection ControlHost Healthcare$2,732/wkEstimated pay package
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Posted 13 days ago
View job details for Bakersfield, CATravel ContractBakersfield, CATravel Nurse RN - Infection ControlHost Healthcare$2,360/wkEstimated pay package
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