Training the Next Generation of Wisconsin Nursing Home Infection Preventionists

OVERVIEW

The COVID-19 Pandemic has brought the spotlight on nursing homes, continuing to show the need for infection control and prevention training for Infection Preventionists (IPs). 

Training the Next Generation of Wisconsin Nursing Home Infection Preventionists complements the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control's (CDC) training course, Infection Prevention Training to enhance the IP's knowledge, competence, and confidence.

PRACTICE GAPS AND NEEDS

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 IPs with specialized training in infection prevention and control. A national study found that more than half of those responsible for infection control programs had no specialized training, and less than 3% of trained IPs were certified in infection control (INSERT DATE/SOURCE). 

The CDC's training course, Infection Prevention Training implemented in 2019, "introduces and describes how to use IPC program implementation resources including policy and procedure templates, audit tools, and outbreak investigation tools." In 2020 the American Nurses Association and CDC partnered to provide Project Firstline, "an interactive series of free online tools that give you the training and infromation you need about infection prevention and control."  

Even with these courses, there continues to be a desperate need for training resources for IPs within nursing homes to gain knowledge, competence, and confidence in core infection prevention tasks and responsibilities.

PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENTS

Prior to this course, we expect learners to complete the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control's (CDC) foundational training course, Infection Prevention Training

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

CDC Nursing Homes and Assisted Living (Long Term Care Facilities [LTCFs])
Infection Prevention Training
https://www.cdc.gov/longtermcare/training.html

TARGET AUDIENCE

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

GLOBAL LEARNING OBJECTIVES

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

  1. Describe the important components of a basic infection tracking system
  2. Perform an infection prevention and control risk assessment, interpret risk assessment results and develop a plan to respond to identified risks
  3. Demonstrate how to interpret and report data generated from an infection surveillance system
  4. Employ basic approaches for controlling the spread of pathogens in outbreak and non-outbreak situations
  5. 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

Fall 2021 - Additional learning opportunity for IPs 

Watch for more information about an advanced, interactive learning opportunity for IPs. This learning opportunity will require learners to complete all modules for the Training the Next Generation of Infection Preventionists before enrolling. 

Questions?

Contact Tola Ewers about this course or the additional learning opportunity in Fall 2021.

Contact the ICEP help desk with questions about the learning portal.

Course summary
Registration opens: 
04/01/2021
Course expires: 
07/31/2023
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CONTENT DEVELOPERS

Photo of Anna EslingerAnna Eslinger, RN, CIC, WCC, OMS is a certified wound, ostomy and infection control specialist at Marshfield Medical Center in Eau Claire, WI. 

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PLANNING 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

FACULTY DISCLOSURE

It is the policy of the University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP that the faculty, authors, planners, and other persons who may influence content of this CE activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests* in order to allow CE staff to identify and resolve any potential conflicts of interest. Faculty must also disclose any planned discussions of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during the educational activity. For this educational activity all conflicts of interests have been resolved and detailed disclosures are listed below:

* The ACCME defines a commercial interest as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. The ACCME does not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests.
 

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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.

See individual course modules for credit designation statements.

 
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