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Professional Development

Infection preventionists from all areas of the healthcare institution need regular, ongoing instruction relating to their professional development so that they can be effective instructors to healthcare providers on the principles and practices of infection prevention and control. Training-the- trainer educational opportunities take the form of courses, Webinars and virtual conferences.

  • The Normalization of Deviance
    Normalization of deviance is, well, normal. That’s why infection preventionists (IP) and perioperative leaders must continue to team up to ad-ress it. Normalization of deviance works like this: when we first get our learner’s driving permit, we bring the car to ...More
    April 19, 2016 Posted in Articles
  • APIC Announces New Fellows Program
    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) today announced the Advanced Designation Program, which will recognize exemplary APIC members with status as a Fellow of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology ...More
    February 1, 2016 Posted in News
  • Healthcare Personnel Compliance With Infection Prevention Imperatives
    So much of the infection preventionist’s time has traditionally been spent in the pursuit of healthcare personnel education and training on infection control-related principles and practices, with varying degrees of success measured through compliance metrics. Be it ...More
    January 8, 2016 Posted in Articles
  • Nursing Community on Path to Transformation Since IOM Future of Nursing Report Five Years Ago
    Since the 2010 Institute of Medicine report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health was issued, significant progress has been made related to many of the report's recommendations, which were geared toward helping nurses meet the heightened demand for ...More
    December 4, 2015 Posted in News
  • Reliable Design of IP Programs
    Currently there is no published guideline or community standard for the way in which infection preventionists (IPs) should spend their time each day in hospitals and ambulatory-based settings. The Infrastructure Report and the APIC IP Competency Model both help to address ...More
    September 11, 2015 Posted in Articles
  • Science, Technology and Infection Prevention: How Innovation Will Change the IP Role
    Science and technology are well recognized and important drivers of change. Likewise the escalating pace of scientific advancement in healthcare has contributed significantly, especially during the 20th century, to increased longevity and quality of life. Both acute and ...More
    September 6, 2015 Posted in Articles
  • The Infection Control Nurse: Approaching the End of an Era
    Modern infection control, which is based on the scientific work of 19th century scientists such as Pasteur, Lister and Koch, was organized as a specialty for non-physician practitioners almost a century later. Hospital based infection control emerged as a distinct specialty ...More
    August 31, 2015 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Prevention Role Stress: A New Look at the Underlying Causes Within the Profession
    The need for infection prevention, as a multidisciplinary function, is a longstanding and widely acknowledged component of safe healthcare. Accreditation and regulatory standards specify that this function must be an organized program coordinated by an individual qualified ...More
    August 4, 2015 Posted in Articles
  • Spanning Boundaries in Infection Control
    In the Oxford Dictionary “boundary” is defined as “a line that marks the limits of an area; a dividing line; a limit of a sphere of activity.” “Spanning” is defined as “extend across.” I’m sure we would all agree that ...More
    August 4, 2015 Posted in Articles
  • Film Festival Uses Humor and Education to Promote Infection Prevention
    A video created for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality(AHRQ) highlighting the key benefits of engaging patients in hemodialysis infection prevention activities is the winner of the fifth annual Film Festival at the 42nd Annual Conference of the Association ...More
    June 26, 2015 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene