Can I Work as an Infectious Disease Specialist?

  1. Hello all. I was wondering if there is a nursing path to specialize in infectious diseases, similar to what infectious disease specialists (MDs) do. I'm not talking about infection control nursing. I'm talking about diagnosing and treating the infections that are not commonly treated by primary healthcare providers. Thank you in advance.
  2. 2 Comments

  3. by   Dodongo
    The ID service at my hospital has a couple NPs. So, I would say, yes.
  4. by   np830
    Sure, if they are willing to train you since we do not learn this in school obviously and it's a huge learning curve. Be careful about what the job is, as some may just want you following up to make sure patients are taking their extended IV antibiotics, which is mostly f/up with visiting nursing associations that the docs don't want to do.
    Some may train you to do HIV care or bread and butter joint infections. I doubt you'd be working up anything very strange as that goes to the fellows and seasoned docs. ID specialists are often the last specialists patients see when NO ONE else can figure cases out.