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

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

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. 

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. 

In this course ...


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.

Target Audience

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

Learning Objectives

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

  1. List training resources that equip a nursing home Infection Preventionist to perform Infection Prevention and Control duties as federally mandated.
  2. Explain the Infection Preventionist’s educational responsibilities for training staff, residents, families and visitors.
  3. Describe the educational topics that need to be covered and details about delivering the training.
  4. Develop training activities that employ adult learning principles and adapt educational materials for different audiences.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 ANCC Contact Hours
  • 1.00 University of Wisconsin–Madison Continuing Education Hours
Registration opens: 
Course expires: 


Deb Patterson Burdsall PhD, RN-BC, CIC, FAPIC
Christopher J. Crnich, MD, PhD

Deb Patterson Burdsall,


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. 

Iowa Board of Nursing accepts ANCC contact hours for nursing continuing education requirements.

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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