June 21, 2005
My nursing career began in pediatrics. After 2 maternity leave of absences, I was assigned to a neuro medical surgical unit. One day the Infection Control Professional (ICP) told me I would be offered a newly created ICP position because I was very detail oriented and always read my patients lab reports. I said "Gee, I don't know anything about infection control" and she whispered "Don't worry, no one else does either!"
That was 26 years ago, and I have been an ICP since that day… but, WOW has my job changed over time: AIDS came, OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) came, MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) and VRE (Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus) came, TB (Tuberculosis), SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), Anthrax, bioterrorism came, needlesticks due to re-capping are gone, educated patients ask staff to wash hands, and public reporting of hospital infections has put a new spin on everything. I have almost always worked alone, full time and have never had a dull day. I rally my "nurse's heart and spirit" daily by remembering that if I am not enthusiastic and credible about all aspects of infection control, the staff and patients are not getting what they need and deserve… which is really why I became a Nurse… to care, and I do, through my role as an ICP.
Tina Lamberski, RN, CIC
I have been an ICP since 2003 and have been in awe in that short time by the vast impact one can have on patient care and patient outcomes. It really is an exciting job.
Posted by: Sinead | Jan 23, 2007 4:39:24 PM
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