Infection Control Officer

Karen Maybury Creative Connections
Medical Jobs
17 March 2022

We are looking for qualified, english speaking candidates for this position on board a cruise ship. Applicants must be in possesion of:

Bachelor’s Degree in nursing, medical technology, microbiology OR
Master Degree in Nursing, Epidemiology or Public Health equivalent
Current CIC (Certificate in Infection Control)

Position Summary:

The Infection Control Officer is responsible for the coordination and execution of the company’s shipboard Infection Prevention and Control Program, ensuring the company’s public health and infectious disease standards are met and/or exceeded onboard to improve Crewmember and Guest safety through high quality care.

The Infection Control Officer may be required to perform other job-related duties assigned by the Senior Doctor or Public Health Manager. All duties and responsibilities are to be performed in accordance with the Company’s Medical, Safety, Quality and Environmental standards.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited program in Nursing, Medical Technology, Microbiology, Public Health or equivalent.
    • With a minimum 3 years of experience in implementing and evaluating infection control programs and working with regulatory agencies, or 2 years of shipboard experience as a Chief Nurse.
    • OR:
    • Willing to take a course in Infection Control approved by RCG.
  • OR:
  • Master’s Degree in Nursing, Epidemiology, Public Health or equivalent.
    • With an emphasis on infection control.
    • OR
    • Willing to take a course in Infection Control approve by RCG.
  • AND:
  • Current CIC (Certificate in Infection Control) or equivalent
    • Certificates must be valid for the entire lengths of the contract, and it is the responsibility of the Infection Prevention Officer to take the courses and tests that are necessary to keep these licenses valid along with any necessary post graduate credits
    • OR:
    • Willing to take a course in Infection Control approved by RCG.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, plus a variety of other word-processing, spreadsheet, database, e-mail, and presentation software
  • Ability to multi-task and remain organized, and flexible in a fast-paced environment

Operational Effectiveness:

The areas included in the scope of the program are composed of, but not limited to:

  • Supervision of immunization programs
  • Ensure that PPE usage and guidelines are followed such as proper donning and doffing, while ensuring adequate supplies of PPE are maintained onboard
  • Oversee Vessel Sanitation Program compliance on board and report into shoreside public health to ensure suitable records are maintained in accordance with VSP/CDC guidelines.
  • Conduct outbreak investigations.
  • Perform risk assessments on board.
  • Ensure hand hygiene compliance and monitoring per SOP
  • Ensure temperature check data, which is provided by other on-board departments, is uploaded into Sea Care.
  • Oversee Medical Center cleaning protocols and training of the hospital cleaners
  • Oversee proper logging and tracking of sharp containers and disposal procedures
  • Monitor compliance of corporate needle stick policy
  • Oversees testing and logging of water samples
  • Review protocols with the pier coordinator to ensure the embarkation process is in line with company policy of social distancing and infection control policies and the medical screening process flows smoothly.
  • Coordinates public health related functions with the medical team to ensure adherence with the highest operational standards of public health and compliance with company’s public health policies.
  • Monitors gastrointestinal illness activity and guides the execution of the company’s Outbreak Prevention Plan protocols
  • Oversees the execution of the isolation and quarantine plan.
  • Organizes and delivers public health awareness training to shipboard staff, ensuring awareness of all OPP protocols, CoVID-19 and medical waste management.
  • Provides blood borne pathogen training and addresses other infectious concerns that may arise. -Routinely communicates program effectiveness, best practices and lessons learned to the Director of Public Health.
  • Contribute to ship infection control annual report.

Must have excellent interpersonal skills, be prepared to work 7 days a week for 17 weeks at a time and then will have 8 weeks vacation. Must be able to pass a full medical and be in excellent health and able to obtain and apply for a C1D visa if not USC or Canadian and clean background check.

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