Orientation for New Infection Prevention Professionals

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Start Time:12:00 AM
End Time:12:00 AM
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Additional Information

This educational activity is jointly provided by AXIS Medical Education and MHA Health Institute.
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Sponsored by Missouri Organization of Nurse Leaders

Dates & Location

Wednesday, May 2, and Thursday, May 3

Columbia Courtyard by Marriott
3301 LeMone Industrial Blvd.
Columbia, Mo.

Register on or before Friday, April 27.

MHA member — $375
Nonmember — $475

The registration fee 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 the MHA Management Services Corporation. This seminar also is eligible for use of the MHA Health Institute coupon. Coupons were mailed to MHA-member hospital CEOs in mid-December.

Hotel Reservation

Online hotel registration: http://www.marriott.com/coucy
Hotel cut-off date: Thursday, April 19
Enter the dates and group code: OFNA (King), or OFNB (Double Queen)

Request MHA Health Institute room rate:

  • king $119 + tax
  • double queen (two queen beds) $119 + 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.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the program, participants will be able to:

  • discuss health care pathogens and multi-resistant organisms
  • discuss various infection prevention tools such as the IC plan, risk assessment and ICRA
  • discuss the principles of sterilization and disinfection
  • discuss employee health protocols for preventing and responding to employee health and safety issues
  • discuss the National Healthcare Safety Network and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reporting requirements and NHSN definitions
  • identify the chain of infection cycle and isolation principles and precautions
  • review the recommended and required surveillance activities to reduce and prevent HAIs


Wednesday, May 2

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. — Sterilization/Disinfection
Jo Micek, R.N., CIC

3:15 p.m. — Break

3:30 p.m. — Occupational Employee Health: The Other Side of Patient Safety
Jan Wesselmann, B.S., R.N.

Kansas City, Kan.

4:30 p.m. — Adjournment

Thursday, May 3

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

9:15 a.m. — Break

9:30 a.m. — Tools Team Facilitation and Organization Skills
Vicky Ferris, R.N., CIC
Jo Micek, R.N., CIC

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
Topeka, Kan.

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


Robert Geist is an advanced epidemiologist serving the health care associated infections and antimicrobial resistance program, and the Infectious Disease Eepidemiology Response Group at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Geist joined the state health department in 2010, during the initial implementation of the state’s HAI program. In 2012, he became board certified in infection control, and in 2016, was honored to become a Fellow of the Association of Professionals in Infection Control.

Vicky Ferris is a registered nurse, infection preventionist and consultant. She has diverse work experience in implementing infection control programs in community hospitals, academic medical centers and long-term care. Ferris is certified in infection control and is pursuing fellowship in infection prevention. She is active in her local APIC chapter and national infection prevention programs. Ferris is currently a partner in a health care consulting company.

Linda Merz received an associate degree in medical laboratory science from Southwestern Illinois College and went on to graduate from Webster University with a bachelor’s degree in medical technology. She has 17 years of microbiology experience and has been working in infection prevention and control at St. Anthony's Medical Center since 2004. Linda became certified in infection prevention and control in 2008.

Jo Micek is a registered nurse, infection preventionist and consultant. Her work experience includes oversight of acute care, home health, long-term care and clinics. Micek has maintained certification in infection control since 1988. She is active in APIC activities on a local, state and national level.

Jan Wesselman has more than 35 years of experience developing and managing large hospital employee health programs and working with IPAC on post-exposure management.

Continuing Education

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

Accreditation Statement
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by AXIS Medical Education and the MHA Health Institute. AXIS Medical Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation
NursingAXIS Medical Education designates this continuing nursing education activity for 13.75 contact hours.
Learners are advised that accredited status does not imply endorsement by the provider or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with an activity.

Requirements for Credit:

  • Attend/participate in the educational activity and review all course materials.
  • Complete the CE Declaration form online by 11:59 p.m. ET Friday, May 18, 2018. Instructions will be provided. If you do not enter the online portal by the above date, you will not be able to retrieve your statement of participation. Upon successful completion of the online form, your statement of completion will be presented to you to print.

AXIS Contact Information
For information about the accreditation of this program please contact AXIS at info@axismeded.org.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
AXIS Medical Education requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals and their spouse/life partner who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by AXIS for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations.

The faculty reported the following financial relationships or relationships they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this continuing education activity:

 Name of Faculty or Presenter  Reported Financial Relationship
 Vicky Ferris, R.N., CIC  Nothing to disclose
 Jo Micek, R.N., CIC  Nothing to disclose
 Linda Merz, M(ASCP)CM, MLT, CIC  Nothing to disclose
 Jan Wesselmann, B.S., R.N.  Nothing to disclose
 Robert L. Geist, MPH, CIC
 Nothing to disclose

The planners and managers reported the following financial relationships or relationships they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this continuing education activity:

 Name of Planner/Manager  Reported Financial Relationship
 Rita F. Kay  Nothing to disclose
 Dee Morgillo, M.Ed., CHCP  Nothing to disclose
 Holly M. Hampe, D.Sc., R.N., MHA, MRM  Nothing to disclose
 Ronald Viggiani, M.D.  Nothing to disclose

Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of patient conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

Americans With Disabilities Act
In compliance With the Americans with Disabilities Act, we will make every reasonable effort to accommodate your request. For any special requests, please contact the MHA Health Institute at 573/893-3700 before the meeting dates.