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Empowering Nurses to Protect Themselves and Their Patients: Device Reprocessing and Sterilization

Meeting Description:

Program Description

This webinar will discuss the importance of bedside nurses in device needs reprocessing and sterilization, the current state of device reprocessing and sterilization policies and regulations, the bioburden and importance of assembly/disassembly of tools in decontamination, and evidence-based practices for processing flexible endoscopes.






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New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSNA)





Device Reprocessing and Sterilization: What the Front Line Nurse Needs to Know     


Kate Wiedeman, MPH






Christine Filippone, DNP, MSN, BSN, ANP, CIC

American Nurses Association/California (ANA/C

Reprocessing and Sterilizing Medical Devices: Regulations, Policies, and Legislations

Marketa Houskova, RN, MAIA, BA,


Brian Harradine, MSN, RN, CNOR, CAPA


Aaron McColpin, DNP, RN, FNP, RRT-NPS, CPFT



National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses (NAON)

Bioburden and the Importance of Instrument Assembly and Disassembly

Marc Finch, CRCST


Crystal Heishman, MSN, RN, ONC, CIC, FAPIC


Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN)


Processing Flexible Endoscopes


Sharon A. Van Wicklin, MSN, RN, CNOR, CRNFA(E), CPSN-R, PLNC



Specific Objectives for this Webinar
1. Discuss evidence-based practices for processing flexible endoscopes.
2. Participant will be able to discuss the importance of device reprocessing and sterilization for the front line nurse (RN).

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, Jul 12, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Ashley Verma
 Presenter Information
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Dr. Ross is the Director of Nursing Practice & Work Environment at the American Nurses Association (ANA). She is also a published author, and lecturer on many topics within her research interests, which include evidence based practice, nurse retention, competency and developing/mentoring the novice RN. She is currently the President of the Chi Zeta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society, a member of the Academy of Healthcare Executives and holds certifications as a family nurse practitioner and nurse executive-advanced.

Christine Filippone, DNP, MSN, BSN, ANP, CIC
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Christine Filippone is a certified Infection Preventionist practicing in the role of the Director of Epidemiologist/infection prevention in a large acute care facilities in New Jersey for the past 25 years. In this role she provides consultation, education to all members of the healthcare team, patients and the community. She is dedicated to the care of patients with human immunodeficiency virus and sexually transmitted infections and practices as an adult nurse practitioner in a local Health Department clinic setting. Dr. Filippone presented an interesting poster relative to the impact of the quality of steam in the sterilization process at the 2017 Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Orlando, Florida. Christine is certified in infection control, and as an adult nurse practitioner and also holds licensure as a forensic nurse. She holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice, a Master’s in Nursing and is currently completing her PhD in Nursing Education and Leadership.

Marketa Houskova, RN, MAIA, BA
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Marketa graduated with High Honors from Nursing School in Czech Republic, worked as Nurse Anesthetist in regional hospital and in ICU at national trauma hospital in Prague. After immigrating to U.S., Marketa graduated Magna Cum Laude with several academic awards from both the CSUSM with B.A. in Political Science & Women’s Studies, and the University of Miami with dual-track Masters in International Administration in Global Health and Regional Development. While there, Marketa used her nursing expertise to research, co-develop & manage the first-ever University of Miami Movement Disorders Database for U-Health System of Alzheimer & Parkinson Disease brain tissues for further research. She also managed Live Donors Database & testing.
Previous to that, Marketa worked in ICU and PACU at Tricity Medical Center, Oceanside, CA. Since 2014, Marketa works for ANA\C focusing on state level health policy, advocacy & legislation. 

Brian Harradine, MSN, RN, CNOR, CAPA
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Brian Harradine has been a nurse for twelve years and a clinical nurse educator for three years. He received his Master’s in Nursing (MSN) with a focus in Nursing Education with highest honors from Capella University in 2016. He received his Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia in 2005. He has worked at Desert Regional Medical Center as the clinical educator for perioperative services for the past year. He is currently responsible for the educational needs of seven surgery and surgery-related departments. He has been a surgical nurse, a PACU nurse and an adult medical/surgical floor nurse and currently has his specialty certification in the operating room (CNOR) and ambulatory perianesthesia nursing (CAPA).

Aaron McColpin, DNP, RN, FNP, RRT-NPS, CPFT
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Highly accomplished nurse practitioner & respiratory therapist with over 25 years of experience in healthcare. Trusted leader in several administrative roles overseeing multiple department staff. 10 years experience as nursing instructor & professor including service as program director of highly-respected university. Aaron’s key strengths are Nursing Education, Staff Training, Management, Critical Care, Cross-Functional Skills. Aaron is assistant professor of Nursing & content expert in Critical Care, Pharmacology, Infection control & Epidemiology at Cal State University Channel Islands, Camarillo. Prior to that, Aaron was Online Nursing Faculty, FNP Program and Served as professor of online courses including Pathophysiology, Introduction to Nursing Research, Health Assessment, and Evaluation of Nursing Education. For 6 year he also served as assistant professor & director of clinical education for Nursing & Respiratory Therapy Program at Independence University, Salt Lake City, UT.

Marc Finc, CRCST
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Marc Finch is the Director of the Sterile Processing Department at Jewish Hospital and University Hospital in Louisville, KY.  Marc received training in the US Army to be a Surgical/SPD Tech in 1983. He has been managing Sterile Processing environments since 1999.  His expertise has led him to serving as a consultant in this field for several years.  Marc is a Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST), and recently received his BS in Healthcare Administration.

Crystal Heishman, MSN, RN, ONC, CIC, FAPIC
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Crystal Heishman is an Infection Preventionist at University of Louisville Hospital, a level 1 trauma and academic medical center in Louisville, Kentucky.  She has 15 years of experience in Orthopedics and eight years in Infection Prevention; holding certifications in each and a fellowship from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. Crystal earned her Masters of Science in Nursing from Western Governors University in 2014.

Sharon A. Wicklin, MSN, RN, CNOR, CRNFA(E), CPSN-R, PLNC
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Sharon Van Wicklin has more than 40 years of experience as a perioperative nurse. She has worked in all facets of the operating room environment from scrub person to director. Sharon received her BSN and MSN from Middle Tennessee State University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Nursing from the University of Missouri. Sharon is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing and Phi Kappa Phi. She holds certification in operating room nursing (CNOR), as an RN first assistant emeritus (CRNFA[E]), as a retired plastic and reconstructive surgical nurse (CPSN-R), and as a legal nurse consultant (PLNC).  
Sharon is a member of the School of Nursing faculty of Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Phoenix. In her position as a Senior Perioperative Practice Specialist for the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), Sharon provides consultative services, authors various AORN publications, and represents AORN at various organizations and functions.