Nursing: Infection Control for New York Health Care Professionals

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About this Course

This course was written for healthcare professionals in New York state to “Assure that licensed, registered, or certified health professionals understand how bloodborne pathogens may be transmitted in the work environment: patient to healthcare worker, healthcare worker to patient, and patient to patient” (New York State Department of Health [NYSDOH], 2018a). This includes the following:
  • Apply current scientifically accepted infection prevention and control principles as appropriate for the specific work environment.
  • Minimize opportunity for transmission of pathogens to patients and healthcare workers.
  • Familiarize professionals with the law requiring this training and the professional misconduct charges that may be applicable for not complying with the law. (NYSDOH, 2018a).

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Provide examples of scientifically accepted practices for infection prevention and control of airborne, droplet, and bloodborne pathogens.
  • Examine the types of healthcare acquired infectious disease and transmission to apply workplace practices to prevent the spread of infection.
  • Choose work practice controls designed to eliminate transmission of bloodborne pathogens when using sharp instruments and select indicated post-exposure prophylaxis. 
  • Interpret indicators and situations that require the selection of barriers and personal protective equipment to prevent exposure and transmission of potentially infectious material.
  • Determine the health professional’s responsibility for providing a safe patient care environment in healthcare settings, including leadership roles, according to New York law.
  • Examine the New York State Sepsis Improvement Initiative to interpret early signs and symptoms of sepsis.
  • Analyze healthcare-associated disease transmission specific to Tier 1-3 organisms and demonstrate work practices, barriers, and PPE equipment for effective infection control.

About the Authors:

Deborah Converse, MA, NBCT

Deborah Converse, MA, NBCT, has been a National Board Certified educator, trainer, and assessor for 20 years and has written courses for state and national recertification in the healthcare field for 10 years. She has served on State Board of Education writing teams in Florida and Hawaii to develop state educational standards and comprehensive exams, along with assisting with student training and evaluation at the university level. As a trainer and evaluator, Ms. Converse developed mentoring programs to enhance skills for best practice within healthcare and educational organizations. 

Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN, is an accomplished nursing professional development specialist and healthcare author. She earned a doctoral degree in adult education and an MS in nursing from Penn State University, and a BSN from Bloomsburg University. Dr. Avillion has held a variety of nursing positions as a staff nurse in critical care and physical medicine and rehabilitation settings, as well as numerous leadership roles in professional development. She has published extensively and is a frequent presenter at conferences and conventions devoted to the specialty of continuing education and nursing professional development. Dr. Avillion owns and is the CEO of Strategic Nursing Professional Development, a business that specializes in continuing education for healthcare professionals and consulting services in nursing professional development

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