Course 6: Hand Hygiene: Counting Compliance

Welcome to Hand Hygiene: Counting Compliance.

This course provides a review of the importance of hand hygiene and compliance monitoring. The learner is presented with the critical components of a hand hygiene monitoring program followed by an opportunity to practice observations. Finally, the participant will be guided through a sample Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) project.

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 1 - Infection Prevention and Control Program.

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.

Target Audience

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

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Discuss the importance of monitoring hand hygiene compliance
  2. Describe components of direct observation hand hygiene monitoring
  3. List the critical components of a hand hygiene Quality Assurance Performance Improvement project
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

Deb Patterson Burdsall, PhD, RN-BC, CIC, FAPIC

Deb Patterson Burdsall, PhD, RN-BC, IP, CIC, FAPIC has worked in long term care since 1974. Deb is board certified in infection prevention and control (CIC), and ANCC certified in gerontological nursing.

Deb has a BA in psychology with a minor in biology from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, and a diploma in nursing from The Evanston Hospital School of Nursing. She received her MSN and PhD from the University of Iowa College of Nursing. Her doctoral dissertation study involved examining how healthcare personnel use gloves when caring for patients, and testing the reliability of a glove use surveillance tool.

Deb is currently working for Hektoen Institute with the Illinois Department of Public Health. She works to find evidence-based, cost effective infection prevention strategies for long term care.



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 activity 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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