Infection Control Nurse
An Infection Control Nurse, also known as an ICN or Infection Prevention Nurse, is responsible for identifying, creating, and employing best practices for sanitation and infection management. Whether it’s a contained infection or a global pandemic, an Infection Control Nurse is responsible for controlling and eliminating infectious threats that may be present. They help prevent and identify the spread of infectious agents like bacteria and viruses in a healthcare environment. ICNs are meticulous and detail-oriented individuals who can effectively communicate best practices to ensure the safety of patients. Their knowledge of the risks of various infectious agents is crucial when dealing with both contained infections and broader outbreaks. These nurses are natural-born problem solvers and innovators, and are always at the forefront of modern healthcare solutions.
To become an Infection Control Specialist Nurse, you must first have the relevant qualifications as a Registered Nurse (RNs), and have extensive industry experience. Registered Nurses work as part of a multidisciplinary team alongside other skilled professionals including doctors, surgeons, specialists, therapists, specialty nurses, social workers and many others to provide ongoing patient care to people who are sick, disabled, injured or recovering from surgery. Registered nurses deliver primary health care predominantly in hospitals, clinics, assisted living facilities, aged care facilities, Government or military institutions, community or school settings, in the home or in outpatient facilities.
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To become a Registered Nurse in Australia you need to complete a 3-year Bachelor of Nursing, which is available at most Australian universities. Alternatively, for students with previous tertiary qualifications, complete a two-year Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry) program. Further study is essential if you are looking to take the next step in your career and advance in specialist nursing roles.
Nurses who specialise in a particular area of medicine may need to complete further studies or specialist training and obtain relevant experience.
All Nurses must apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Registration must be renewed annually.
- AHPRA Registration
- Nursing Practice
- Quality Improvement
- Critical Care
- Conflict Resolution
- Patient Care
- Developing and implementing care policies
Registered Nurses can undertake further studies to obtain qualifications and progress their career into more senior positions such as;
Registered Nurses can specialise in other roles, undertaking further studies to obtain qualifications and specialise in a particular area of nursing. Specialised Nursing Roles include:
- Aged Care Nurse
- Alcohol & Other Drug Nurse
- Anaesthetic Nurse
- Cardiac Nurse
- Child and Family Health Nurse
- Community Health Nurse
- Critical Care & Emergency Nurse
- Flight Nurse
- Infection Control Nurse
- Intensive Care Specialist Nurse
- Mental Health Nurse
- Oncology Nurse
- Paediatric Nurse
- Palliative Care Nurse
- Perioperative Nurse
- Post Operative Nurse
- Rehabilitation Nurse
- Surgical Nurse
- Theatre Nurse