What exactly does an infectious disease nurse do?

  1. I noticed that Infectious Disease Nursing has their own forum. There is little "action" on that forum, which is why I am posting the question here. I would really like to know what their exact role is. Thanks for your help.
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  3. by   RN mom of 2
    Quote from EJM
    I noticed that Infectious Disease Nursing has their own forum. There is little "action" on that forum, which is why I am posting the question here. I would really like to know what their exact role is. Thanks for your help.
    I found this link:

    Duke HR - DUHS Job Descriptions - INFECTION CONTROL NURSE (5054)
  4. by   Nurse1966
    An infection control practitioner in a hospital, is usually an RN. They are responsible for surveillance and reporting of HAI's (SSI's, central line, foley and vent related infections). They monitor for outbreaks and investigate (with local/state health dept's). They report certain diseases to the health dept, assist with blood borne exposure's for non-employees, issue building permits, educate on isolation precautions and hand hygiene for employees and patients. Are part of the Emergency Preparedness plan. Maintain policies and procedures. Are part of the new products committee. Lots of reports! These are just a few of the things from the top of my head. This field is growing in leaps and bounds, so the actual duties are constantly changing. The upside is there's lots of part time positions out there for someone wanting to get their foot in the door. It's a great way to learn the role, especially if you're getting tired/burned out on patient care. Check out the APIC website for more info.
  5. by   EricJRN
    Another possibility is a nurse who works with infectious disease patients (like in an ID clinic) but is not necessarily an infection control practitioner.

    You might try posting on that forum to get some responses/activity going.
  6. by   blueyesue
    Thank you for the replies. Looks like an interesting field.

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