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Empowering Nurses to Protect Themselves and Their Patients: Examining the Role of the Environment in Infections Across the Continuum of Care

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The environment plays a significant role in breaking the chain of infection. Sometimes an overlooked component in infection prevention and control, the environment poses an inherent risk to the patient, clinical staff and visitors.

The third webinar of the Nursing Infection Control Education Network (NICE Network), Empowering Nurses to Protect Themselves and Their Patients: Examining the Role of the Environment and Infections Across the Continuum of Care will use a case study approach to discuss the relationship between the environment, the patient and patient outcomes.

Specifically, this webinar will identify factors that influence environmental infection control practices, discuss strategies useful to prevent contamination to and from the environment when caring for patients with infections; manage contact isolation for mobile patients and the importance of appropriate communication during transitions of care. 


Specific Objectives:

1. Identify factors that influence environmental infection control practices across three diverse but interrelated nurse settings - ED, ICU, and Rehab.


2. List three strategies useful to prevent contamination to and from the environment when caring for patients with infections and MDROS.


3. Identify and list strategies to manage contact isolation when the patient leaves the room to participate in group settings.


4. Verbalize the impact of appropriate communication that promotes infection control during transitions in care.


This webinar offers free continuing education for Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Health Educators, Pharmacists, Medical Residents, Epidemiologists, Laboratorians, and Administrators.
Date: Wed, Oct 25, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Kate Wiedeman
 Presenter Information
Monica Escalante Kolbuk, MSN, RN, CEN
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Monica is a Senior Associate at the Institute for Quality, Safety, and Injury Prevention (IQSIP) at  the Emergency Nursing Association and has practiced Emergency Nursing for over a decade. Her role at ENA focuses on developing and reviewing clinical resources to support various topics and issues of importance to emergency nurses, concentrating on safe practice and safe care. Since the Ebola outbreak Ms. Kolbuk has worked collaboratively with the CDC, ACEP, and Johns Hopkins Medical Center, providing an emergency nursing perspective on resources, policies, procedures, and guidelines. She is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Epidemic Expert Panel, she has written and published topic briefs on Ebola Virus Disease and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and recently created an infographic on understanding the chain of infection.

Sarah Delgado, MSN, RN, ACNP
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Sarah Delgado is an advanced practice nurse with over 20 years of experience in nursing including roles in critical care, as a nursing faculty member and as an acute care nurse practitioner providing chronic disease management and palliative care. She has published and presented locally and nationally on a variety of topics that include moral distress, addressing hospital readmissions and diagnostic reasoning.  Currently she is a clinical practice specialist with the American Association of Critical-Care nurses where she creates and evaluates educational products to support clinical excellence and healthy work environments for critical care nurses.

Ellen Jones MBA, BSN, RN
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Ellen R. Jones has been an Infection Preventionist for over 20 years.  Her career began with two years of bedside nursing experience in ICU. Originally trained in Infection Control at CDC, Ellen was certified in Infection Prevention (CIC) for many years.  She is an active member of the Association for Practitioners in Infection Control and Prevention (APIC). Ms Jones was a speaker at APIC National Convention in 2015 on the topic of Infection Control Adaptation in Rehabilitation Hospitals in 2015. She has served as President, Board Member, and Conference Presenter for the APIC Indiana Chapter and has been active in the local Region 5 activities of APIC Indiana.  Ms Jones currently serves as the Infection Preventionist at Community Rehabilitation Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana, a position she has held since the opening of that hospital in 2013.