Infection Control Nurse

An Infection Control or Prevention Nurse helps prevent the spread of infectious agents, such as bacteria and viruses, in a healthcare environment.
Required education
Average annual salary
Work on your own or even start your own practice, in some states.
Analyze data and discover new ways to help patients.
Follow a routine that allows you to anticipate and prepare for every situation.
Take on different tasks, patients, and situations every day.
You’ll keep other medical staff up to date on proper sanitation practices and study bacteria to identify any infections that may have resulted from patients’ care.
What you’ll do
What you’ll do


You’ll analyze infection data, facts and trends and share your findings with other healthcare professionals.


You’ll teach others how to control and prevent outbreaks of infectious diseases, and you’ll create sanitation plans.


You’ll teach and reinforce infection control practices according to rules by the Centers for Disease Control.


You’ll work with scientists and doctors, studying the bacteria of infectious diseases and finding new ways to treat these illnesses.

Where you’ll work
  • Ambulatory care
  • Community centers
  • Home care
  • Hospices
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care centers
  • Outpatient care centers
How to become an Infection Control Nurse


Pass the NCLEX-RN and work as a Registered Nurse.


Work as a staff nurse in Infection Control.


Pass your Infection Control Certification Exam from the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology.


You’re ready to work as an Infection Control Nurse.

Join an Organization
Become a member of an Infection Control Nurse organization to find career opportunities, learn from your colleagues, and support the profession.
Getting Real: Today’s Nurse
As the globalization of the world economy makes international travel easier and more commonplace, it also contributes to the growing threat of global pandemics like Ebola, Zika and influenza. To help prevent the spread of infectious diseases, healthcare institutions often rely on infection preventionists (IPs) like Margaret “Peg” Pettis, RN, MPA, CIC, the manager of Rochester General Hospital’s Infection Prevention Department in Rochester, N.Y.
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