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Infection Prevention and Control

Hello, I am an internationally educated healthcare professional recently moved to Canada. It seems that getting licensed to practice my profession here is a lengthy and expensive procedure. I am considering Infection Prevention and Control as an alternative career and planning to do a course from Centennial College. Can someone comment on the job prospects of Infection control profession? is there enough job vacancies? how can I build networks? any inputs appreciated!
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I don't know about other organizations, but it is extremely difficult to join the IPAC team at a hospital. They are a very small team.
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agreed, IPAC is a very small field i would say start with something general and go from there. If you want to be in health care, database and coding jobs are coming up as well project managers and things like that
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DontCareyou wrote:
Mar 25th, 2019 11:54 am
agreed, IPAC is a very small field i would say start with something general and go from there. If you want to be in health care, database and coding jobs are coming up as well project managers and things like that
Interesting! any leads where I can get some training? Thank you.
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DontCareyou wrote:
Mar 25th, 2019 11:54 am
agreed, IPAC is a very small field i would say start with something general and go from there. If you want to be in health care, database and coding jobs are coming up as well project managers and things like that
Not if you are in Ontario. Under the Ford govt, only front-line staff are somewhat "safe". Supporting roles are all at risk..
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As people have said IPAC is a very small team in hospitals hard to get a job. Have you thought abt RPN or even a course in food services?
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medic1 wrote:
Mar 25th, 2019 5:05 pm
As people have said IPAC is a very small team in hospitals hard to get a job. Have you thought abt RPN or even a course in food services?
RPN would take a bit longer to complete compared to IPAC, I know IPAC team is very small and would be difficult to get in. I was hoping to get into any job in a remote area and move back after gaining sufficient experience. But I merely know anyone who is an IPAC professional.
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IPAC generally begin as RNs in many hospitals, plucked from frontline roles. Not sure of roles beyond government and hospitals (and H&CC but they could be cut soon); have not seen many in other care areas.

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