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RECRUITING FOR INFECTION PREVENTIONISTS
The devastating effect of the COVID pandemic on senior care residents and staff has significantly changed the day-to-day operations of long-term facilities.
Drastic measures to prevent and control the continued spread of COVID have become paramount. As a result, Infection Preventionists are in high-demand and are quickly becoming key members of the interdisciplinary team caring for our senior population.
At MedBest, we have a network of Infection Preventionists. They are Registered Nurses with backgrounds in clinical practice, epidemiology, and basic microbiology and subsequently, pass an exam to become certified by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology.
With the need for increased safety, prevention, and protection for staff and residents, the role of Infection Preventionists will only continue to grow and expand and we're here to help!
Contact our team for details at firstname.lastname@example.org / 727-526-1294.
The role of an Infection Preventionist includes, but is not limited to:
- Keeping abreast of and providing on-going updates and education related to pandemics
- Following policies and practice related to suspected infections, those transmitted by air droplets or airborne
- Designing & maintaining a system customized to each facility to track prevention, measure, and monitor active infections/incidence
- Contact precaution and limited transport of residents with known or suspected infections that can be transmitted through contact
- Ensuring all healthcare providers within facility have supplies and personal protective equipment needed and dispose of them properly
- Educating staff on how to prevent transmission to each other
- Monitor cleanliness of rooms and any equipment used on patients including ventilators
- Ensuring residents have adequate supply of masks to wear as needed
Where do Infection Preventionists typically work?
What certification is recommended for Infection Preventionists?
The most common certification sought by Infection Preventionistsis the CIC which stands for Certified in Infection Control and is through the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology This certification process requires applicants to have a post-secondary degree and already have experience and be employed in infection control for at least 2 years.
What traits are vital for Infection Preventionists?
- Willingness to be at risk. Infection Preventionists find themselves face-to-face with numerous infectious diseases. They are willing to put themselves at risk to help others
- Strong immune system. Infection Preventionists must be able to fight off disease by having a having a strong immune system
- Excellent people skills. Because Infection Preventionists interview patients and discuss issues with colleagues, great people skills are required
- Strong critical thinking skills. Since tracking down diseases, recognizing patterns, and finding the best course of action are crucial parts of the job, strong critical thinking skills is a must
- Problem-solving skills. Infection Preventionists need to demonstrate that they have range of competencies such as logic, resilience, imagination, lateral thinking, and determination
- Good math skills. Since data must be analyzed to reach certain conclusions, math skills come into play. Math skills will help analyze the data and prepare reports
What is the salary for Infection Preventionists?
According to a July 2020 Indeed post, the average salary for a certified Infection Preventionist with 2 to 3 years of experience and Bachelor’s Degree is $75,111 per year in the United States. However, depending upon demand and location, Infection Preventionists can earn a six-figure salary!
What is the outlook for job growth for Infection Preventionists?
Today, Infection Preventionists will find work almost anywhere! According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for Infection Preventionists and Epidemiologists is expected to grow at a healthy rate. Overall, the Bureau reports that Infection Preventionists/ Epidemiologists will likely have good job prospects.