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Enhancing Education and Training on Infection Control for U.S. Nurses

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ANA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are teaming up with a number of organizational affiliates to train nurses on infection control. The goal of this initiative is to protect nurses and their patients from infections that can spread in medical facilities. Each of the organizations will host webinars, facilitate in-person interactive training sessions, and provide infection control materials free of charge for a wide-range of specialties within the nursing community.

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 diseases 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.

Project Description
The purpose of the Enhancing Education and Training on Infection Control for U.S. Nurses 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 diseases through effective education and training.

Organizational Partners
Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN)American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)American Association of Nurse AnesthetistsAmerican Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN)American Nephrology Nurses' Association (ANNA)ANA / CaliforniaAssociation for Women's Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN)Emergency Nurses Association (ENA)Infusion Nurses Society (INS)National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS)National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration (NADONA) National Association of Pediatric Nurse PractitionersNational Association of Orthopedic Nurses (NAON)National Association of School Nurses (NASN)National Student Nurses Association (NSNA)The New Jersey State Nurses AssociationOncology Nursing Society (ONS)