What Does an Infectious Disease Nurse Do?
Infectious Disease Nurses specialize in preventing the spread of infectious agents, such as viruses and bacteria, and caring for patients with infectious diseases. They play a key role in infection control within healthcare facilities, working to identify and isolate sources of infections and implementing strategies to prevent the spread of illness. They may conduct patient screenings, manage isolation procedures, and provide direct care to patients with a variety of infectious diseases, from common illnesses to more serious conditions like tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and COVID-19.
They must be well-versed in microbiology, immunology, and epidemiology, and possess a thorough understanding of public health principles. Their expertise allows them to educate patients, families, and communities about infection prevention and control measures. They often collaborate with public health departments and may be involved in tracking infection trends, reporting outbreaks, and contributing to public health policy.
Working in hospitals, public health settings, research institutions, or specialized infection control units, these nurses are critical in efforts to monitor and control infectious disease outbreaks, provide education on hygiene and vaccination, and ensure patient and community safety. They are also instrumental in educating their fellow healthcare professionals about best practices in infection prevention.