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ANA CDC Infection Control Training

ARN has partnered with the American Nurse Association (ANA) and the Centers 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 diseases often force 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

Upcoming Events

ARN will be providing two sessions on Infection Control in Rehabilitation Nursing at ARN REACH 2017, November 8-11, 2017.

SHEA/CDC Outbreak Response Training Program (ORTP) Offers Online Modules for Decision-making during Outbreaks

Take the Training

SHEA/CDC ORTP just released two online learning modules:

These online simulations can be completed anywhere and are offered at NO CHARGE. Each simulation 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.

CDC announces workshop on emerging infectious disease preparedness

Beginning this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Ebola Training & Education Center will offer two free training workshops on emerging infectious disease preparedness for clinicians, health care workers and public health officials. Learn more and register.


CME from CDC: What You Need to Know About Infection Control

Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of these infections. It’s critical that all healthcare workers understand proper infection control procedures and use them every day.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Medscape are launching a series of six CME/CE activities addressing the key issues surrounding infection prevention in healthcare facilities.

The series includes:

  1. Risk Recognition in Healthcare Settings (Available Now)
  2. Environmental Services and Infection Prevention (Available Now)
  3. Recognizing Infection Risks in Medical Equipment (Available Now)
  4. Infection Transmission Risks Associated with Nonsterile Glove Use (Available Now)
  5. Infection Prevention: A Hierarchy of Controls Approach (Available Now)
  6. September: Injection Safety: A System Approach

These CME-/CE- certified activities are available at: http://www.medscape.org/viewcollection/34044?src=acdmpart_cdc_34044. You must be a registered Medscape member to access these CME/CE activities, and registration is free. The first activity, Risk Recognition in Healthcare Settings is available now. A new activity will be added each month.


New Course: Hand Hygiene, Glove Use, and Preventing Transmission of C. difficile

clean hands count campaignAs part of the Clean Hands Count campaign, we are pleased to announce a new hand hygiene education course: Hand Hygiene, Glove Use, and Preventing Transmission of C. difficile. This online course offers free continuing education (CE) and covers the following topics:

  • Hand hygiene and glove use recommendations for C. difficile patients,
  • Best practices for glove use, and
  • The role of environmental cleaning in preventing the spread of C. difficile.

Here are a few things you can do to continue to make Clean Hands Count: 

  1. Complete the new education course and claim free CE
    Visit https://www.cdc.gov/handhygiene/providers/training/index.html to view the new hand hygiene education course. To receive continuing education, complete the evaluation and post-test at https://www2a.cdc.gov/TCEOnline/ (use course number WD2703).

  2. Watch and share the new Clean Hands Count video
    YouTube link: https://youtu.be/MzkNSzqmUSY
    Alternate link: https://www.cdc.gov/handhygiene/video/CHC-Final-SD-360.mp4

  3. Order and distribute free Clean Hands Count print materials
    Order Clean Hands Count stickers, brochures, factsheets, and posters by visiting: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/pubs/CDCInfoOnDemand.aspx?ProgramID=31.
    Note: CDC’s fulfillment house is able to process a limited number of orders each day. If you see that a particular material is temporarily unavailable, please try again another day. We apologize for any inconvenience.