Infection Prevention and Control has taken center stage as part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Requirements of Participation for Long-Term Care Facilities. FHCA has partnered with RB Health Partners, Inc., whose Nursing Home Infection Prevention Program© (NIPP) will be the focus of this training. NIPPing Infections in the Bud will equip long term care centers with the tools they need to participate in surveillance; learn and use infection control and containment practices; and adopt a proactive approach to preventing spread while being good stewards of antibiotics to preserve effectiveness of the agents available today.
This specialized training will drill deeper with standard and transmission-based precautions, including the circumstances in which isolation should be used for residents or staff. The Infection Preventionist’s role will be fully explored, with a review of that specialist’s qualifications and scope of practice. The 16-hour program is geared toward those individuals who have primary professional training in nursing, medical technology, microbiology, epidemiology or other related field who will be responsible for the facility’s Infection Prevention and Control Program (IPCP)*
In addition to receiving FHCA’s Record of Attendance and having continuing education hours reported to CE Broker for qualified health care practitioners, training participants will have the opportunity to take a post-training examination as evidence of having successfully completed the coursework in infection prevention and control.
FHCA’s specialized training delivers all the components of a compliant Infection Prevention and Control Program. Attendees will:
- Learn how to develop systems for preventing, identifying, reporting, investigating, and controlling infections and communicable diseases across a broader range of nursing facility residents, guests, and staff.
- Identify standards, policies and procedures that are mandated to support the systems, with expert guidance on surveillance and reporting.
- Understand new staff training requirements and how to implement a compliant antibiotic stewardship program that includes antibiotic use protocols and systems for monitoring antibiotic use and recording incidents.
- Learn how to connect the new Facility Assessment with the development of an IPCP.
A.C. Burke, MA, CIC, is the Vice President for Healthcare Quality for RB Health Partners, Inc. and is the primary author for the Nursing Home Infection Prevention Program, NIPP©… NIPPing Infections in the Bud. She holds a master’s degree in health management and is Board Certified in Infection Control (CIC) by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology. Her 20 years of experience includes creating, implementing, and managing programs that have achieved national recognition, partnership building, meeting facilitation, consensus building, and developing competency- based training curricula for healthcare workers across the continuum of care. AC has worked in public health preparedness and response roles, served as the manager of the Healthcare-associated Infection Prevention Program for the Florida Department of Health as well as the Director of Infection Prevention for Mayo Clinic Florida
Jonathan Teter, MS, CIC, EMT-B, is an epidemiologist, infection prevention clinician, and nationally registered emergency medical technician. He is Board Certified in Infection Control (CIC) by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology. He has experience with infection prevention strategies, surveillance systems, and quality metrics at the facility, health system, and state level. Jon received his Bachelor of Arts degree from McDaniel College in Maryland and his Master of Science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a concentration in Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology.
Chaz Rhone, MPH, CIC, FAPIC, received a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Florida in 2007 and has been certified in Infection Control by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology since 2012. During his 10 years in Infection Prevention, Chaz has worked both in the public and private sector as an infection preventionist and epidemiologist. As an epidemiologist with the Florida Department of Health Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Program, he led a statewide healthcare-associated infection (HAI) prevention collaborative composed of over 20 acute and long term care facilities to achieve reductions in device related infections and device utilization.
Anabelle Locsin, RN, Ed.D., is Director of Education of RB Health Partners, Inc. She has worked in the nursing profession for over 46 years in various universities and health care settings. She has various experiences as an Asst. Professor in Colleges of Nursing and has completed training as a LTC Risk Manager, is RAC-CT certified and has been a Legal Nurse Consultant and completed training with NYU for the NICHE (Nurses Taking Care of the Hospitalized Elderly) program.
Robin A. Bleier is the President of RB Health Partners, Inc., a long term care consultancy firm. She is the past Chair of the FHCA Emergency Preparedness Council, past Chair of the FHC-PAC, and a vested long term care advocate through her volunteerism and affiliation with numerous professional associations and committees. Robin is a featured state and national presenter, is FHCA’s RAI-MDS-PPS Bootcamp trainer and has been educating on this and other topics nationally since 1998. RB Health Partners, Inc. has a strategic partnership with FHCA, consulting with the Association on quality affairs, including survey readiness. To reach Robin or a RB Health Partners, Inc. team member, contact the FHCA Quality Affairs department at (850) 224-3907.