Orientation for New Infection Prevention Professionals

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Start Time:12:00 AM
End Time:12:00 AM
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Provided by MHA Center for Education

Supported by Missouri Organization of Nurse Leaders

Dates & Location

Tuesday, April 11, and Wednesday, April 12, 2017

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Missouri Hospital Association
4712 Country Club Drive
Jefferson City, Mo.

Register on or before Wednesday, April 5.

MHA member — $340
Nonmember — $440

Registration includes continental breakfasts, lunch, refreshments and program materials. This seminar is being offered at a reduced registration fee to MHA-member hospitals because of a contribution from MHA Management Services Corporation.

Hotel Reservation

Hampton Inn
4800 Country Club Dr.
Jefferson City, Mo.
Phone: 573/634-7440

Request the Missouri Hospital Association overnight room rate of $104 + tax


NEW infection prevention professionals — less than two years in profession


This conference will prepare new infection prevention health care professionals to be facilitators and resources for surveillance, prevention and control of infections. It will aid professionals new to the responsibilities of infection prevention in managing the everyday duties of infection surveillance, analysis of disease data, problem identification and resolution. This program will benefit acute, long-term, residential, ambulatory care, public health, rehabilitation, home health and mental health disciplines. It will enhance existing programs through a presentation of current guidelines and evidence-based practices applicable to infection control programs, product selection and evaluation. This conference allows participants to engage in hands-on case study group review activities and applications of user-friendly tools to enhance their infection prevention programs and goals.


Tuesday, April 11

7:30 a.m. — Registration/Continental Breakfast

7:55 a.m. — Welcome

8 a.m. — MHA Resources
Sarah M. Willson, MBA, BSN, CHPCA
Vice President of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs
Toi D. Wilde, MBA, R.N.
Program Manager
Missouri Hospital Association
Jefferson City

8:30 a.m. — Chain of Infection and Isolation Principles
Vicky Ferris, R.N., CIC
p3 Healthcare Consulting
St. Louis

9:30 a.m. — Pathogens of Concern/Multidrug Resistant Organisms
Jo Micek, R.N., CIC
Infection Prevention and Control Department
Liberty Hospital

10:30 a.m. — Break

10:45 a.m. — Surveillance Overview
Vicky Ferris, R.N., CIC

11:15 a.m. — Specimen Collection, Microbes and Lab Reports
Linda Merz, M(ASCP)CM, MLT, CIC
Manager, Infection Prevention & Control/Employee Health & Wellness
St. Anthony’s Medical Center
St. Louis

Noon — Lunch (provided)

12:45 p.m. — Specimen Collection, Microbes and Lab Reports (continued)
Linda Merz, M(ASCP)CM, MLT, CIC

2 p.m. — Break

2:15 p.m. — Occupational Employee Health: The Other Side of Patient Safety
Jan Wesselmann, B.S., R.N.
Kansas City, Kan.

3:15 p.m. — Break

3:30 p.m. — Sterilization/Disinfection
Jo Micek, R.N., CIC

4:30 p.m. — Adjournment

Wednesday, April 12

7:30 a.m. — Registration/Continental Breakfast

8 a.m. — Applying National Healthcare Safety Network — Ventilator-Associated Event Surveillance Definitions and Health Care-Associated Infections
Vicky Ferris, R.N., CIC
Jo Micek, R.N., CIC

10 a.m. — Break

10:15 a.m. — New National Healthcare Safety Network Training: Assisting Hospitals in Meeting New Reporting Requirements
Robert L. Geist, MPH, CIC
Epidemiologist, KDHE Healthcare Associated Infections Program
Kansas Department of Health and Environment

11:45 a.m. — Lunch (provided)

12:30 p.m. — Outbreak Management: Make It Stop
Vicky Ferris, R.N., CIC

2 p.m. — Infection Prevention Tools of the Trade, The IC Plan, Risk Assessment and ICRA
Jo Micek, R.N., CIC

3 p.m. — Break

3:15 p.m. — Case Study
Vicky Ferris, R.N., CIC
Jo Micek, R.N., CIC

4:30 p.m. — Adjournment

Continuing Education

Participants must attend the program in its entirety and complete an evaluation form to receive a certificate of attendance and continuing education contact hours.

Registered NursesThe following nursing contact hours will be provided by the MHA Center for Education until Thursday, April 20:
6.5 nursing contact hours for Tuesday, April 11
7.25 nursing contact hours for Wednesday, April 12

The MHA Center for Education is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Midwest Multistate Division approval as a provider is awarded to the MHA Center for Education in recognition of its ability to provide quality educational activities. Approved provider status does not include approval or endorsement of any commercial products at this educational activity. All planners, content experts and presenters participating in continuing education activities provided by the MHA Center for Education must adhere to a fair, unbiased and evidence-based approach to presenting content and must declare any relationships with commercial organizations.