Enhancing Education and Training on Infection Control for U.S. Nurses
The AANA is excited to partner with the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to educate nurses, including nurse anesthetists, on infection prevention and control. The goal is to provide real-time, tailored infection prevention and control training in order to learn and improve upon practices known to be effective in preventing exposure to infectious diseases.
Why is this Work 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, safe injection practices and hand hygiene. With the evolution of emerging threats (e.g., Ebola virus disease) 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 the patients they serve.
The purpose of the Enhancing Education and Training on Infection Control for U.S. Nurses project is to:
- Provide real-time, tailored infection control training to nurses.
- Improve adherence to infection prevention and control practices known to be effective in preventing exposure to Ebola-virus disease and other emerging infectious diseases.
- Enhance the confidence of nurses to care for patients with Ebola virus disease or other highly contagious diseases through effective education and training.