dcsimg
 

5 Nursing Jobs in Infectious Disease Fields

Home > Ask the Guidance Counselor > Nurse > 5 nursing jobs in infectious disease fields

Question:
I'm a nurse who is interested in infectious disease and infection control. How could I make this into a career?

Answer:
Infection control and principles of epidemiology are critical areas for all health professionals. Nurses in all practice settings are responsible for implementing up-to-date infection control principles on a daily basis. You don't mention your nursing education, but if you don't have a BSN, getting that degree will be important to the options I'm going to mention.

Getting your BSN

You can start by looking into online RN-BSN programs. BSN programs include community health content, and epidemiology is typically introduced as part of community health. Of course the field of epidemiology is a specialty in itself. Epidemiologists typically are trained in graduate programs in schools of public health and often work for local and state health departments, as well as national organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control, or CDC.

5 nursing jobs in community health

1. Public health nurses (PHNs) at the staff level are important parts of community-based infectious disease control. Within health departments, PHNs may work in infectious disease clinics to evaluate and educate people with diseases such as tuberculosis (TB), sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and foodborne illness like salmonella. PHNs also make home visits or visits to schools, workplaces, or institutions, to assist with tracking the source of disease.

2. School nurses are community health nurses who are on the front lines of monitoring infectious disease in the school age population. Teaching basic prevention such as good hand washing practice goes a long way towards limiting the spread of disease.

3. Within both health departments and private practices, the specialty of travel medicine and global health concerns is another specialty which is increasingly important as international travel becomes commonplace. Global health/travel medicine involves a current knowledge of epidemiological trends in disease, as well as the administration of appropriate vaccines and preventive medications to travelers.

4. Occupational health nurses are employed directly in the workplace to provide care to employees. As in schools, teaching preventive practices, advising regarding vaccines, and evaluating illness trends are important in preventing infectious diseases in the workplace. Workers in the food preparation, production and service industries are particularly important to keeping our food supply safe, so raising awareness of infection control in this group is critical.

5. In hospital and institutional settings, nurses with advanced training or graduate level degrees may be employed as infection control specialists. These nurses educate and consult with staff nurses to be sure that strict infection control procedures are in place, understood, and followed. These principles include hand washing, universal precautions for body fluids and blood bourne infections, and isolation practices for respiratory illnesses. Infection control policies are important also for accreditation of health care organizations. As part of a multidisciplinary team, infection control nurses evaluate patients with infectious disease problems, and implement care plans.

If you are interested in the community aspects of epidemiology and infectious disease, you might look into getting an MPH, or Master of Public Health. MSN degrees also can emphasize public health nursing majors or specialties in infection control/ infectious disease. A nurse with MSN preparation and nurse practitioner certification could work as an NP in an infectious disease practice. Nurses with advanced degrees can teach in nursing schools, administer infection control departments within institutions and do clinical research.

Browse Nursing Programs

Refine School Matches
Hide filters
  • SUBJECT Clear All

    See More

  • DEGREE

    See More

  • PROGRAM TYPE

  • START TIME

    LOCATION
    Please enter valid US or Canada Zip.
            Results open in new window

            Searching Searching ...

            Prefer exploring options talking to our staff?
            Call toll free now: 1.855.330.6938
            Matching School Ads
            5 Program(s) Found
            • Why study nursing at Grand Canyon University?
            • Our bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing are CCNE-accredited and the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions (CONHCP) is approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing.
            • We provide many options to prepare you to begin or advance your nursing career, including bridge programs and dual degrees.
            • GCU provides a low student-to-teacher ratio and a Christian environment that provides an opportunity for you to embrace a holistic approach to caring for patients.
            • Request more information today about program offerings, CCNE accreditation, start dates, financial aid and more!
            Good for Working Adults
            • Accredited
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Accelerated Programs
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            2 Program(s) Found

            Nursing@Simmons, the innovative, online nursing degree program from Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences prepares Registered Nurses for the next stage of their careers.

            You need to have a Bachelor’s degree and RN license to be qualified for this school.

            • Online Courses
            5 Program(s) Found
            • Online bachelor's programs include BBA, Criminal Justice, IT, Healthcare Management, Pscyhology & Public Health
            • Over 115 years of delivering quality education and personalized attention to students
            Good for Working Adults
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            1 Program(s) Found
            • Provides students the opportunity to train at home in their spare time to get their high school diploma, train for a new career, or enhance current skills.
            • Offers programs in psychology/social work, business management, medical billing, criminal justice, and more.
            • Member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
            • Features a fully flexible schedule with no classes to attend, leaving the study pace up to the student.
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            1 Program(s) Found
            • Offers training in various types of massage therapy, physical therapy/sports rehab, and personal fitness training & wellness.
            • Teaches in an environment that promotes learning and encourages empathetic and compassionate therapists.
            • Career service professionals work directly with students from the start of their program, and help them pursue employment in day spas, luxury hotels, cruise ships, and other locations.
            • Students can work in the SOCHI Massage Clinic to gain experience and build their career skills.
            • Financial aid representatives help students develop a personalized financial plan to finance their tuition.
            Show more [+]
            • Financial Aid
            2 Program(s) Found

            About University of North Carolina Wilmington

             

            To meet today’s high demand for nursing professionals UNCW is offering an accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing program completely online. The University of North Carolina Wilmington School of Nursing has been educating exceptional nurses for over four decades, as demonstrated by its accomplished alumni.

            • Online Courses
            2 Program(s) Found
            • 95% of full-time faculty hold a Ph.D or terminal degree in their field.
            • Small class sizes and a 18:1 student-to-faculty ratio allow students to get more personalized attention.
            • Ranked #52 in the 2017 Best Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report.
            • Designated as a 2017 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media.
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            1 Program(s) Found
            • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Programs in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.
            • Implements a one-to-one teaching model, partnering one student with one faculty member in each course.
            • 100% of faculty members hold doctoral degrees.
            • No physical residency requirements, allowing students to pursue their degree online.
            • Committed to innovation, diversity, excellence, and accountability since its founding in 1996.
            • Offers several programs in business, education, psychology, and more.
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            5 Program(s) Found

            • Offers accredited online bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and doctor of nursing programs to help both working professionals and recent graduates advance their careers.

            • Provides graduate nursing programs that teach cutting-edge professional knowledge and skills to prepare students for today’s dynamic, evolving health care industry.
            • Teaches through an online learning system that allows students to complete coursework with the flexibility to fit their schedule, while a cohort structure helps them to collaborate with fellow students.

            •Provides scholarships, grants and other forms of financial aid to those who qualify.

            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            2 Program(s) Found
            Unitek College , San Jose
            • Offers programs in nursing, medical assisting, pharmacy technology, dental assisting, and more.
            • Six Campuses across Northern CA: Fremont, San Jose, Sacramento, S. San Francisco, Hayward, and Concord.
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, with programmatic approvals from the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians and the Board of Registered Nursing.
            • Approved by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) with an A+ rating since 2010.
            Show more [+]
            Good for Working Adults
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits