Training the Next Generation of Wisconsin Nursing Home Infection Preventionists

Infection control has been a long-standing problem in nursing homes. The shift towards providing more post-acute and rehabilitation care has increased the frequency and complexity of the infections encountered in this setting. The COVID-19 pandemic has further illuminated the need for infection control in nursing homes.

STATEMENT OF NEED AND PURPOSE

In response to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services requirement that each nursing home have at least one Infection Preventionist with specialized training, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) developed the Nursing Home Infection Preventionist Training Course. Even so, there continues to be a desperate need for infection prevention training.

Training the Next Generation of Wisconsin Nursing Home Infection Preventionists complements the CDC course. Nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and other healthcare professionals working in nursing homes will enhance their knowledge, competence, and confidence as they engage with the course content.

This online program offers 15 on-demand courses focused on essential skills and program development tools. Interactive exercises, pre-and post-module quizzes, and infection-outbreak case studies engage today’s Infection Preventionist in both theory and practice.

PREREQUISITE

CDC Nursing Home Infection Preventionist Training Course
https://www.cdc.gov/longtermcare/training.html

We expect learners to complete the CDC's foundational training before beginning these courses. Each course within this program builds on the CDC's training.

ELEMENTS OF COMPETENCE

This continuing education (CE) activity is designed to improve learner competence in the following areas:

  • ACGME/ABMS Competencies - Patient care and procedural skills, interpersonal and communication skills, practice-based learning and improvement, systems-based practice
  • National Academy of Medicine Competencies - Provide patient-centered care, employ evidence-based practice, apply quality improvement, utilize informatics
  • Interpersonal Education Collaborative Competencies - Roles/responsibilities, interpersonal communication, teams and teamwork

TARGET AUDIENCE

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

GLOBAL LEARNING OBJECTIVES

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

  1. Utilize an interprofessional approach in the development of a nursing home Infection Prevention and Control Program
  2. Perform an Infection Prevention and Control Risk Assessment, interpret the assessment results and develop a plan to respond to identified risks as needed
  3. Perform a variety of infection-related risk assessments, interpret risk assessment results and develop a plan to respond to identified risks as needed
  4. 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
  5. Employ approaches for controlling the spread of pathogens in outbreak and non-outbreak situations
Course summary
Registration opens: 
09/26/2022
Course expires: 
09/25/2025
Cost:
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CONTENT DEVELOPERS

Deb Patterson Burdsall

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

Deb Patterson Burdsall 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.

Chris Crnich

Christopher Crnich, MD, PhD

Dr. Chris Crnich is a faculty member in the Division of Infectious Disease within the Department of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He is also the chief of medicine and the hospital epidemiologist at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, and the assistant director of infection control at UW Hospital and Clinics. He chairs the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America’s Long-Term Care Special Interest group, and its Nursing Home Antibiotic Stewardship Toolkit Development Taskforce (carried out in partnership with the American Medical Directors Association). Dr. Crnich's research interests include healthcare-associated infections among vulnerable elderly patients, with specific focuses on improving antibiotic use in skilled nursing facilities and developing and implementing effective interventions to reduce the cross-transmission of antibiotic-resistant bacteria between nursing home residents.

Diane Dohm

Diane Dohm, BS (Business), MT, IP, CIC, CPHQ

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 her 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 APIC’s state conference. Diane is also a member of the WI HAI in LTC Coalition and the HAI Advisory Committee.

Anna Eslinger

Anna Eslinger, RN, CIC, WCC, OMS 

Anna Eslinger is a certified wound, ostomy and infection control specialist at Marshfield Medical Center in Eau Claire, WI

Michael Kessler

Michael Kessler, MD

Dr. Michael Kessler is a faculty member in the Division of Infectious Disease within the Department of Medicine. He works with medical students and residents at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, and with fellows in the Infectious Disease Fellowship Program. He is engaged in infection control activities as a member of the UW Health Infection Control Committee and Water Management Subcommittee, and has played major roles in outbreak investigations. He is also involved in the antimicrobial stewardship committee. Dr. Kessler has presented multiple posters at Infectious Disease (ID) Week where he received an ID Week Trainee Travel Grant. He has published case reports in Journals including the New England Journal of Medicine and Transplant Infectious Diseases. Dr. Kessler was awarded membership to the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

Linda McKinley

Linda McKinley, RN, PhD, MPH, CIC, FAPIC

Linda McKinley, RN, PhD, MPH, CIC, FAPIC is currently a research health scientist at the VA Hospital in Madison, WI. She has practiced nursing for 37 years with three decades as an Infection Preventionist (IP). She has held numerous Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology (APIC) chapter leadership positions in two states including chapter president in Wisconsin. She is a member of the WI Coalition for HAI Prevention in LTC that provides educational opportunities to IPs in LTC. Linda has previously served the national APIC Board of Directors and as APIC Secretary. She is recipient of an APIC Chapter Leadership Award for international activities and the SHEA Advanced Practice IP award. She has served on national Veterans Administration advisory groups, chaired the inaugural Infection Prevention and Control Field Advisory Committee and currently co-chairs the infection control subject matter expert workgroup for the VA electronic medical record project. Linda has been a speaker at local, state, national and international educational events and has mentored graduate students interested in healthcare epidemiology. She has presented numerous abstracts at educational conferences resulting in publications in peer-reviewed journals. She served on the AJIC editorial board, Associate Section Editor of APIC Text, and a scientific reviewer for the University of Wisconsin – Madison IRB and several journals including AJIC. Linda has been PI on VA funded infection control research studies, currently serves as co-investigator on a VA multi-site HAI prevention study and has facilitated infection control research in other various roles.

 

Marilyn Michels, RN, MSN, CRRN, CIC, FAPIC

 

Mary Alice Lavin

Mary Alice Lavin, RN, MJ, CIC, FAPIC

Mary Alice Lavin graduated from Marquette University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Loyola University Chicago School of Law with a Master of Jurisprudence in Health Law. With 35 years of experience in infection prevention and control, she has worked in a variety of settings and worked as a consultant including performing nursing home infection prevention and control assessments. A member of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) since 1983, Mary Alice has been Certified in Infection Control since 1984, and became a Fellow of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology in 2016. She has served as the Nominating Chair, Chapter Legislative Representative, and President of the Chicago Chapter of APIC. Mary Alice served on the APIC National Public Policy Committee from March 2013 until December 2019. She is a current member of the Regulatory Review Panel.

She has presented on topics including infection control aspects of construction/renovation, ambulatory care, long term care, methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus, carbapenem resistant Enterobacteriaceae, Candida auris, influenza, and regulatory issues. Mary Alice has worked collaboratively for 17 years with the local and state health departments in the prevention and control of communicable diseases in healthcare organizations.

Nancy Parris

Nancy Parris, RN, RHIA, MPH, CIC, CPHQ, FAPIC

Nancy Parris is a registered nurse and a registered healthcare information administer, with a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology. She has worked in the field of Infection Prevention and Control for over 40 years, practicing in acute, long-term, psychiatric, and ambulatory care, and has consulted with state and local health departments as well as colleges. Nancy has been an active member and leader in APIC (the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology). She is nationally board-certified in infection control (CIC) and healthcare quality (CPHQ).

In 2017 Nancy was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (FAPIC), a distinction of honor for infection preventionists who are not only advanced practitioners of infection prevention practice, but also leaders within the field. She has been an invited guest speaker at national and international professional conferences and has participated in research studies, published articles and authored book chapters.

She has lobbied Congress, California Health and Labor Committee and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) for regulatory changes affecting healthcare practices. Nancy is committed to providing quality education and training for Infection Preventionists and helping to bridge the gap in the continuum of care between health care settings.

Karen Trimberger

Karen Trimberger, RN, MPH, NE-BC, CIC

Ms. Trimberger has over 35 years of experience as a registered nurse.  She has served as a nurse manager and as a Director of Infection Prevention for a number of years. She has been an infection control and prevention consultant with the Illinois Department of Public Health. Ms. Trimberger holds Master’s degree in Public Health, is certified as a Nurse Executive and is certified in Infection Control.  She is also a Certified Green Belt in Six Sigma Methodology.

CONTENT REVIEWERS

Christopher Crnich, MD, PhD, Course DirectorDeb Burdsall, PhD, RN-BC, IP, CIC, FAPICDiane Dohm, BS, MT, IP, CIC, CPHQ
Victoria Griffin, BSN, RN, IP, SMQ, ESRDHeather Kloth, BSN, MS, RNLinda McKinley, RN, PhD, MPH, CIC, FAPIC
Amanda Westlake, MSN, RN  

PLANNING COMMITTEE

Christopher Crnich, MD, PhD, Course DirectorDeb Burdsall, PhD, RN-BC, IP, CIC, FAPICDiane Dohm, BS, MT, IP, CIC, CPHQ
Ashlie DowdellAnna Eslinger, RN, WCC, IPTola Ewers, MS, PhD, Coordinator
Victoria Griffin, BSN, RN, IP, SMQ, ESRDLinda McKinley, RN, PhD, MPH, CIC, FAPICMarilyn Michels, RN, MSN, CRRN, CIC, FAPIC
Yuyen Chang
UW Madison-Center for Teaching, Learning and Mentoring Staff
Nina Berge, BA
ICEP Staff
Grace Leonard, BA, EdM
ICEP Staff
Tracy Mrocheck, MPA, RN
ICEP Staff
Sue Gaard, MS, RN
ICEP Staff
 

POLICY ON DISCLOSURE

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 ineligible companies.

See each session for additional information about its faculty.

Name

Role

Financial Relationship Disclosures

Discussion of Unlabeled/Unapproved uses of drugs/devices in presentation?

Christopher Crnich*Course Director, Planner, Peer Reviewer, Speaker/AuthorNo relevant relationships with ineligible companies to discloseNo
Nina BergeCommittee MemberNo relevant relationships with ineligible companies to discloseNo
Deb BurdsallPlanner, Peer Reviewer, Speaker/AuthorNo relevant relationships with ineligible companies to discloseNo
Diane DohmPlanner, Peer Reviewer, Speaker/AuthorNo relevant relationships with ineligible companies to discloseNo
Ashlie DowdellPlannerNo relevant relationships with ineligible companies to discloseNo
Anna EslingerPlanner, Speaker/AuthorNo relevant relationships with ineligible companies to discloseNo
Tola EwersPlannerNo relevant relationships with ineligible companies to discloseNo
Sue GaardCommittee MemberNo relevant relationships with ineligible companies to discloseNo
Victoria GriffinPlanner, Peer ReviewerNo relevant relationships with ineligible companies to discloseNo
Michael KesslerSpeaker/AuthorNo relevant relationships with ineligible companies to discloseNo
Heather KlothPeer ReviewerNo relevant relationships with ineligible companies to discloseNo
Grace LeonardCommittee Member (former)No relevant relationships with ineligible companies to discloseNo
Linda McKinleyPlanner, Peer Reviewer, Speaker/AuthorNo relevant relationships with ineligible companies to discloseNo
Marilyn MichelsPlanner, Speaker/AuthorNo relevant relationships with ineligible companies to discloseNo
Tracy MrochekCommittee MemberNo relevant relationships with ineligible companies to discloseNo
Mary Alice LavinSpeaker/AuthorNo relevant relationships with ineligible companies to discloseNo
Nancy ParrisSpeaker/AuthorNo relevant relationships with ineligible companies to discloseNo
Karen TrimbergerSpeaker/AuthorNo relevant relationships with ineligible companies to discloseNo
Amanda WestlakePeer ReviewerNo relevant relationships with ineligible companies to discloseNo
Yuyen ChangCommittee MemberNo relevant relationships with ineligible companies to discloseNo
Discloser List CME Internal Report

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.

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