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Infection Prevention and Control

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March 3-5, 2020
Greystone Healthcare Management
4042 Park Oaks Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33610
(813) 635-9500 (Directions Only)


September 1-3, 2020

*Participants must bring their own personal protective equipment (PPE), which includes gowns, gloves, and disposable masks.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

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Water Management Training

Effective water management programs are mandated for nursing facilities by CMS and highly recommended for assisted living facilities by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a best practice. To maintain daily operations and care services, health care facilities need to develop an effective water management plan to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a total or partial interruption of the facility’s normal water supply.

FHCA has partnered with American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) to offer an affordable, online Water Management Training course that informs long term care staff on what a water management plan is, how to identify the elements of an effective water management program, and how to develop and maintain a comprehensive water management program in your facility. Click here to learn more and register.

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.

Learner Objectives:

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.

Event Agenda

Day 1

6.25 Hours

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.


8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Introduction to F880, F881 & F883

9:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Foundations of Infection Prevention

*Participants need to have personal protective equipment to include gowns, gloves, and mask.

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.


11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI)

12:15 - 1:15 p.m.


1:15 - 3:15 p.m.

Surveillance for Infection Prevention

2:45 - 3:00 p.m.


3:15 - 4:15 p.m.

Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection

Day 2

6.25 Hours

8:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Antibiotic Stewardship and Multi-drug Resistant Organisms (MDRO)

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.


10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

Urinary Tract Infections

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.


12:45 - 1:30 p.m.

Skin, Soft Tissue and Wound Infections

1:30 - 2:15 p.m.

Infection Control Risk Assessment for Your Infection Control Program

2:15 - 2:30 p.m.


2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Water Management Plan

3:30 - 4:15 p.m.

Construction Infection Prevention and Control Risk Assessments and Permits

Day 3

3 Hours

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Employee/Occupation Health

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

C. diff Infections

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.


10:45 - 11:15 a.m.

Respiratory Infections

11:15-11:45 a.m.

Injection Safety

11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Central Line Maintenance and CLABSI Prevention