The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has partnered with the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to train U.S. nurses in infection prevention and control. The goal of this partnership is to provide real-time, tailored infection control training to nurses and improve infection prevention and control practices known to be effective in preventing exposure to Ebola virus disease and other emerging infectious diseases.
Why is this Significant?
Nurses are the front-line of defense against infections spreading in U.S. healthcare facilities. Moreover, the increasing number of emerging disease often forces nurses to take on roles outside of their normal duties. This includes but is not limited to roles in environmental cleaning and waste management. 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 not only protect themselves, but also to protect their patients.
The purpose of the Nursing Infection Control Education Network project is to:
1. provide real-time, tailored infection control training to nurses;
2. improve adherence to infection prevention and control practices known to be effective in preventing exposure to Ebola virus disease and other emerging infectious diseases; and
3. enhance the confidence of nurses to care for patients with Ebola virus disease or other highly contagious disease through effective education and training.
Latest Events, News, and Resources
- Upcoming Webinar - February 22 at 1:00 PM (ET)
Empowering Nurses to Protect Themselves and Their Patients: Exploring Best Practices in Injection Safety
- SHEA/CDC Outbreak Response Training Program (ORTP) Offers Online Modules for Decision-making during Outbreaks
These online simulations can be completed anywhere and are offered at NO CHARGE. Each one takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. The modules will enhance decision-making through an assessment, education, and training program aimed at delivering feedback and improving outcomes through "real-world" engagement.
Latest Release in Free CE and CME Series on Infection Prevention and Control from CDC & Medscape
To support education and prevention, CDC and Medscape are launching a series of six free CME/CE activities addressing the key issues surrounding infection prevention in healthcare facilities. Watch the latest video, Recognizing Infection Risks in Medical Equipment, and see what other topics will be covered in the next three months.