The increasing number of emerging diseases is forcing nurses to take on roles outside of their traditional duties, roles such as waste management and environmental cleaning. With the evolution of emerging threats and ongoing issues such as healthcare-associated infections, nurses need to be equipped to understand and follow infection control procedures to protect themselves and their patients.
To address these emerging issues, NACNS is joining the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Nursing Infection Control Education Network (NICE Network).
The NICE Network will develop training programs for real time infection prevention and control, improve adherence to best practice and enhance nurses’ confidence when caring for patients with Ebola and other highly contagious diseases.
Twenty other nursing organizations are joining NACNS and ANA in the NICE Network.
As part of this work, NACNS created an Infection Control Task Force. It will identify the top concerns about infection control in today’s health care environment and make recommendations on the resources and education needed by clinical nurse specialists to implement refined practices in their work places. Task force members will meet twice a month for more than a year until goals are met.
Members of the NACNS Infection Control Task Force are:
- Jacob John, RN, MSN Ed., ACNS-BC, a MDRO Prevention Coordinator (MPC) at VA Ann Arbor Health System in Canton, Mich.;
- Pamela J. Laborde, DNP, APRN, CCNS, a CNS in Patient Care Services at UAMS Medical Center in Little Rock, Ark.;
- Sharon R. Liska, NNP/NCNS-BC, RNC-N, a Clinical Nurse Specialist-Advanced at Providence Alaska NICU in Anchorage, A.K.;
- Vanessa A. Makarewicz, MN, RN-BC, an Infection Control Operations Manager at Harborview Medical Center and University of Washington Affiliate Instructor in Seattle Wash.;
- Michelle S. Milly, MSN, RN, AGCNS-BC, CMSRN, an Ebola Assessment Hospital Program Coordinator at Frederick Memorial Hospital in Frederick, Md.;
- Chris Shakula, MS, RN, CNS-BC, CIC, an Infection Preventionist at Franciscan Health Crown Point in Crown Point, Ind.; and
- Monica Weber, MSN, RN, CNS-BC, FAHA, a Director, Professional Practice/Magnet Program Manager at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Rocky River, Ohio.
Clinicians are key to recognizing and correctly diagnosing Legionnaires’ disease—both community- and health care-associated. CDC’s latest Vital Signs report shows Legionnaires’ disease is a problem for health care facilities. Information is available to help clinicians recognize and accurately diagnose health care-associated Legionnaires’ disease cases.
New CME from CDC: Environmental Services and Infection Prevention
Please watch and share this new free continuing education opportunity focusing on Environmental Services and Infection Prevention. You’ll learn:
- how to recognize the factors that may contribute to infection risk in a healthcare environment
- about preventive practices to minimize healthcare-associated infections.
This is the second of a six-part series from the CDC and Medscape addressing the key issues surrounding infection prevention in healthcare facilities.
Series topics include:
- Risk Recognition in Healthcare Settings (Available Now)
- Environmental Services and Infection Prevention (Available Now)
- Coming soon: Recognizing Infection Risks in Medical Equipment
- Coming in July: Infection Transmission Risks Associated with Nonsterile Glove Use
- Coming in August: Infection Prevention: A Hierarchy of Controls Approach
- Coming in September: Injection Safety: A System Approach
Medscape registration is free. Registration is required to access these CME/CE activities.