Nurse Epidemiologist provides education and consultation to hospital and clinic staff regarding the prevention and spread of infection. Nurse Epidemiologist work in hospitals, clinics and health care facilities.
Nurse Epidemiologist duties:
_provides ongoing in-service training to hospital employees on infection control
-conducts orientation for new employees on infection control
-conducts studies to determine risk factors leading to infections such as methods of sterilization or disinfection, use of IV’s, catheters or machines and airflow
-provides consultation and recommendations to health care staff on isolated infection control incidents such as when a nurse is accidentally pricked by a needle which was used on a patient who had a communicable disease
-collects data on infection rates, laboratory data, patient information, and outbreaks of certain organisms
-reviews charts, collects data and notes trends which indicate spread of infection among patients
Nurse Epidemiologist training:
Graduation from an accredited school of nursing, a Master’s Degree in Public Health (preferably in Epidemiology), two years clinical nursing and two years epidemiology or public health experience.