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The Director of Infection Prevention serves as the primary resource person for the hospital and the community in the area of infection control. This individual will provide consultation, recommend educational tools, manage staff in areas of surveillance, coordinate projects, reporting, education, regulation, and oversees outbreak investigation.
Education and Experience
Directors of Infection Prevention should have a bachelor of science in nursing and be currently licensed as an RN. A CIC (Certification in Infection Control) is preferred with 3 to 5 years experience in infection control along with management experience.
Core Competencies and Skills
- Outstanding interpersonal skills including the ability to effectively communicate with persons throughout the organization and in the community
- Ability to plan, direct, and evaluate staff
- Ability to think critically and provide reliable advice
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Understand the area of infection control and be knowledgeable in the methods of avoiding and handling related issues
- Ability to hold subordinates accountable for organizational goals
- Ability to develop and maintain a department budget
- Understand the regulations imposed by various agencies
A Director of Infection Prevention may earn in the range of $80,000 to $110,000. However, this figure varies depending on a number of variables including the size of the hospital and the region of the country in which the hospital is located. Directors of Infection Prevention of smaller hospitals in more rural areas tend to earn less than their counterparts at large, urban hospitals.
Every hospital or health system has a position dealing with infection control and possessing the knowledge to lead this effort is a valued skill in healthcare organizations.
For Further Information
- Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (http://apic.org)