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.
The CDC and the National Ebola Training & Education Center are partnering on free in-person workshops for public health officials and clinicians on “Effective Patient Care in Infectious Disease Epidemics.” Continuing education is available.
For Healthcare Workers and Public Health Officials
Emerging Infectious Disease Preparedness Training
- Pathogens of Concern: Beyond Ebola
- Standard Operating Procedures
- Hands-on Simulation Skills Session
- Emergency Management
- Leadership Strategies to Sustain Readiness
- State and Regional Operational Planning
Register for April 27-28 in Atlanta, Ga. at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/netec-emerging-infectious-disease-preparedness-training-april-27-28-registration-28844090451.
Emerging Infectious Disease Preparedness Simulation Training
- Immersive Simulations, including: Deteriorating Patient
- Clinical Skills Stations including:
- Waste Management
- Spill Cleanup
- Ventilation and Suction
- Swabbing, IVs, Foley Management
Register for April 3-4 in New York, N.Y. at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/emerging-infectious-disease-preparedness-simulation-training-april-3-4-registration-31064206879.
Register for June 5-6 in New York, N.Y. at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/emerging-infectious-disease-preparedness-simulation-training-june-5-6-registration-31104644830.