Course 3: Infection Preventionist’s Role in Training and Education

Welcome to Infection Preventionist’s Role in Training and Education.

Completing federally mandated training and education is critical to an Infection Preventionist being prepared to lead efforts in a nursing home's Infection Prevention and Control program. Further, one of the main roles of the Infection Preventionist is education of staff and residents and their families related to Infection Prevention and Control. In this course, we will discuss training and education opportunities for an Infection Preventionist as a learner as well as the areas of education that must be covered for staff, residents, and families. For staff, this education starts at the time of hire; for residents and families, it starts at the time of admission. It must occur at least annually thereafter, and more frequently if there are any changes in regulations or updates in practices. All training and educational materials should reflect a variety of learning styles and geared towards the specific audience.

Training the Next Generation of Wisconsin Nursing Home Infection Preventionists complements the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) foundational training to enhance the Infection Preventionist's (IP) knowledge, competence, and confidence. This course builds on the CDC's Module 2 - The Infection Preventionist.

Infection has been a long-standing problem in Wisconsin nursing homes and nationally. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services requires each nursing home to have one or more IP with specialized training in infection prevention and control (IPC).

The CDC developed the Nursing Home Infection Preventionist Training Course in 2019 for IPs to develop and implement IPC programs. In 2020 the American Nurses Association and the CDC partnered to provide Project Firstline, a free online series and tools for IPC programs. Even with these resources, there continues to be a desperate need for IP training. The COVID-19 pandemic has generated an even larger spotlight for addressing this need. 


We expect learners to complete the CDC's Nursing Home Infection Preventionist Training Course before beginning this course. 

If you have not completed the CDC's training, please stop this course now and complete it before beginning.


This continuing education activity is intended for nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and other healthcare professionals serving as Infection Preventionists (IPs) in nursing home settings.


Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  1. Utilize an interdisciplinary approach in the development of a nursing home Infection Prevention and Control Program which includes accessing external resources such as those provided by local, state and national public health systems
  2. Perform a variety of infection-related risk assessments, interpret risk assessment results and develop a plan to respond to identified risks
  3. Develop an infection tracking system, interpret and report data generated from this surveillance system, and use the results to demonstrate achievement of identified goals or strategize for improving outcomes
  4. Employ approaches for controlling the spread of pathogens in outbreak and non-outbreak situations


Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  1. List federally mandated training resources available to Infection Preventionists performing nursing home Infection Prevention and Control duties
  2. Explain the Infection Preventionist’s responsibilities for training staff, residents, families and visitors
  3. Describe important infection prevention and control educational topics and specific training requirements
  4. Develop training activities using adult learning principles and adapt content for different audiences
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 ANCC Contact Hours
  • 1.00 University of Wisconsin–Madison Continuing Education Hours
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Course expires: 


Diane Dohm


Diane Dohm is a Nursing Home Project Specialist with MetaStar, which is a member of Superior Health Quality Alliance, our state Quality Improvement Organization (QIO)

Diane’s main role is assisting Wisconsin Long Term Care (LTC) facilities with preparations to meet current regulations, enrollment in the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), reduction of C difficile infection, and Antibiotic Stewardship. Currently the focus is on the facility Infection Prevention and Control Assessment Report or ICAR.

Diane is a Clinical Laboratory Scientist, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, and has been board-certified in Infection Prevention and Control since 2008. Diane is also a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality.

Diane is very active in the Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology (APIC), and has received the National APIC Chapter Leadership Award in 2011 & 2016. Diane also chairs the Certification review session occurring each year at state conference. Diane is also a member of the WI HAI in LTC Coalition and the HAI Advisory Committee.


Christopher J. Crnich, MD, PhD, Course DirectorDiane Dohm, BS, MT, IP, CIC, CPHQVictoria Griffin, BSN, RN, IP, SMQ, ESRD
Tola Ewers, MS, PhD, CoordinatorAshlie DowdellLinda McKinley, RN, BSN, MPH, CIC, FAPIC
Deb Burdsall, PhD, RN-BC, IP, CIC, FAPICAnna, Eslinger, RN, WCC, IPMarilyn Michels, RN, MSN, CRRN, CIC, FAPIC


It is the policy of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Interprofessional Continuing Education Partnership (ICEP) to identify, mitigate and disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies* held by the speakers/presenters, authors, planners, and other persons who may influence content of this accredited continuing education (CE). In addition, speakers, presenters and authors must disclose any planned discussion of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during their presentation. 

For this accredited continuing education activity all relevant financial relationships have been mitigated and detailed disclosures are listed below.

* Ineligible companies are those whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on, patients. The ACCME does not consider providers of clinical services directly to patients to be commercial interests.

The University of Wisconsin provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title IX requirements. The University of Wisconsin fully complies with the legal requirements of the ADA and the rules and regulations thereof. If any participant in this educational activity is in need of accommodations, please contact

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Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, the University of Wisconsin–Madison Interprofessional Continuing Education Partnership (ICEP) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation Statements

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP designates this enduring material for a maximum of XXX ANCC contact hours. 

Continuing Education Units

The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP, as a member of the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), authorizes this program for XXX continuing education units (CEUs) or XXX hours. 

Available Credit

  • 1.00 ANCC Contact Hours
  • 1.00 University of Wisconsin–Madison Continuing Education Hours


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