Improving Healthcare-Associated Infection Rates – The Role of the Nurse

Improving Healthcare-Associated Infection Rates – The Role of the Nurse

Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are a major problem in healthcare, and there is a significant effort underway in our country to address and correct this problem. At American Sentinel University, we help nurses learn best practices in infection prevention and control, whether they already work in this nursing subfield or are eager to enter it and make a difference.

Our newest e-book, Educating Tomorrow’s Infection Preventionists, shares some of the latest data coming out of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Healthcare Safety Network about HAIs, what is being done to mitigate this problem and how it all begins with nurses.

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How Common are Hospital Acquired Infections?

Every day, one in 31 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection. In Educating Tomorrow’s Infection Preventionists, you’ll learn about HAIs and how they lead to serious illnesses and death. This problem costs the U.S. healthcare system billions of dollars each year.

In 2009, the federal government issued the National Action Plan to Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections: Road Map to Elimination. This focused effort has helped correct this problem and contribute to a decline in various types of infections.

While the work is not done, there has been positive progress.

Nursing’s Role in Preventing Hospital Acquired Infections

The Road Map to Elimination addresses the implementation of policies, linking payment incentives to quality of care, enhancing regulatory oversight of hospitals, and raising awareness of hospital-acquired infections among the general public.

Of course, prevention strategies among healthcare workers are critical as well. Reducing healthcare-associated infections begins with healthcare workers. They have the opportunity to take on roles as change agents in hospitals and other healthcare settings. Quality training around infection prevention and control practices and mitigating infection spread is essential, as is education.

Further Your Education on Infection Prevention

Today, all nurses need expertise in expertise in epidemiology and pathophysiology, but they also need the confidence to advocate for change when it is needed in an organization. They must be willing to challenge values and perspectives in order to affect patient outcomes.

American Sentinel’s programs all address this, but we also offer an MSN Infection Prevention and Control program that dives deep into the topic. This program focuses on epidemiology and pathophysiology and covers a breadth of issues in infection and prevention control, including emerging infectious diseases.

In addition, if you are a nurse who would like to expand your knowledge about infection prevention and control, the Infection Prevention and Control Certificate is an excellent option. It is five courses and is aligned with the evidence-based, foundational components of the new APIC competency model 1.2.

Read the Full E-Book, “Educating Tomorrow’s Infection Preventionists” Now

Learn more about the challenges facing healthcare regarding the spread of infection and how educating nurses can make a tremendous impact. Download our Educating Tomorrow’s Infection Preventionists e-book to learn more about:

  • The federal government’s efforts to reduce health care-associated infections
  • The most recent 2020 action plan
  • What nurses can do to contribute positively to the problem
  • How to further your leadership potential with advanced education

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